Bhanu Athaiya, Indias first Oscar winner, dies age 91

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN
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Bhanu Athaiya pictured with “Gandhi” director Richard Attenborough at the 55th Academy Awards. Credit: Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Leading image caption: Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya backstage holding her Oscar, after winning the 1982 Academy Award for “Best Costume Designer” for her function in Gandhi.

Indias very first ever Oscar winner, costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, has actually died at the age of 91. Athaiya, dressed the casts of over 100 Bollywood films and acquired worldwide honor for her deal with the 1982 film “Gandhi.”.
Sunil Seth, chairman of the Fashion Design Council India stated she has been a “torchbearer of style,” in a declaration shared with CNN. “We, as a design fraternity, salute her excellence not simply in movie theater, however also in proving to the world, the huge function style plays to form a character, both on and off the screen,” he composed.

Political leaders likewise required to social media to honor the late Oscar winner. MP Raj Babbar, a popular actor prior to his election to parliament in 2015,.
wrote on Twitter that Athaiya “made costume design a classical art,” adding: “( I) was fortunate to use her designs in my initial films … Her demise is an individual loss.”.

Following her death, tributes have actually flooded in from Indias art and home entertainment worlds, with star Aamir Khan, who starred in and dealt with Athaiya in “Lagaan,”.
tweeting that she “beautifully integrated accurate research and cinematic style to bring to life the directors vision.” Actress Kasturi Shankar meanwhile.
described Athaiya as a “legendary outfit designer and pathbreaking female.”.

Born in 1929 in Kolhapur, in Maharashtra state, Athaiya began creating motion picture outfits in the 1950s, working on a series of productions with Guru Dutt, one of the periods most popular directors. She went on to collaborate with filmmakers including Raj Kapoor and Raj Khosla.

Athaiya continued to work in the later decades of her life, getting industry acknowledgment for her abundant visual take on 19th-century India in Ashutosh Gowarikers seriously acclaimed “Lagaan” Her work on the film earned her Best Costume Design at Indias distinguished National Film Awards in 2002.

Bhanu Athaiya, second from left, on the runway throughout Mumbais Lakme Fashion Week in 2013. Credit: Chirag Wakaskar/WireImage/Getty Images.

Her daughter, Radhika Gupta,.
informed The Times of India that her mom passed away in her sleep. Athaiya was detected with a brain tumor in 2012.

While she mostly worked on Bollywood movies, she produced costumes for director Conrad Rooks 1972 film “Siddartha,” an adaptation of the famous Hermann Hesse novel. However it was her deal with Richard Attenboroughs “Gandhi,” a biopic based upon the life of Mahatma Gandhi, that thrust her into the international spotlight.

At the 55th Academy Awards, Athaiya claimed the award for Best Costume Design (along with her co-designer John Mollo), among eight Oscars won by the film that night. In her short acceptance speech, she stated that the honor was “too great to think,” before thanking Attenborough for “focusing world attention on India.”.