India's First Oscar Winner, Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya Passes Away

India's First Oscar Winner, Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya Passes Away

India's First Oscar Winner, Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya Passes Away

A 20-year-old engineering student in Vijayawada was brutally murdered on Thursday by a man whose proposal she had turned down. She was one of the most dedicated designers I've worked with and my favourite, which is why I would always insist on her even though she was the most expensive at the time. It was just ideal and thanks to her inventive creativity, I could do that energetic song and the costume went on to set a fashion trend.

The invitation by British filmmaker Richard Attenborough to work on the film about the Indian independence leader shot her to global prominence. Bhanu Athaiya had won an Oscar for her work in the 1983 film "Gandhi". The statuette stood on a cluttered mantlepiece in her workspace in south Bombay, where she sketched and designed till well into her 80s.

She shared an Oscar for her work on a biopic about Mahatma Gandhi in 1983. Athaiya, who dressed the casts of over 100 Bollywood movies and gained worldwide acclaim for her work on the 1982 movie "Gandhi", died in Mumbai, according to her daughter Radhika Gupta. What an awesome body of work- Oscar winning costume designer for Gandhi, the inventor of the Mumtaz saree... an inspiration to so many young designers.

In the foreword to her book "The Art of Costume Design", Attenborough wrote: "It took me 17 long years to set up Gandhi, my dream film, and just 15 minutes to make up my mind that Bhanu Athaiya was the right person to create the many hundreds of Indian costumes that would be required to bring it to the screen".

As a teenager, she travelled to Mumbai, where she started her career as a freelance fashion illustrator for women's magazines while learning to paint at art schools.

"The work on Gandhi is closest to my heart", she said. Thank you Sir Richard Attenborough for focusing world attention on India.

Trick-or-treating is safety risk, county says
Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19. MDHHS encouraged residents to host virtual Halloween parties instead of in-person.

Who has paid tribute to Bhanu Athaiya?

Expressing her condolence over Bhanu Athaiya's death, fashion designer Neeta Lulla said that it a great loss to their industry. She took the costume industry, especially of India, to various places and to the Oscars. Using research and detail, she captured the real India in her costumes, and never used ornamentation and embellishment as crutches.

In one of many tributes on Twitter, Indian musician Adnan Sami said Athaiya "made India proud".

Designer Niharika Bhasin, whose costumes in 2011 movie The Dirty Picture won her a National Film Award, was similarly full of praise for Athaiya.

"Very saddened by the news of Bhanu Athaiya's demise".

Athaiya shared her 1982 Oscar for Gandhi with John Mollo. "She will be studied for her brilliance", she said.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.