India’s first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passes away

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October 16, 2020

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India’s first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passes away

Bollywood costume designer Bhanu Athaiya (File photo)

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NEW DELHI: Celebrated Bollywood costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, has died at the age of 91, Indian media reported.

She was bedridden in recent years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012, her family said. She died peacefully in the city of Mumbai.

Athaiya was renowned for designing costumes for top filmmakers in a career that spanned nearly five decades.

She shared an Oscar for her work on a biopic about Mahatma Gandhi in 1983.

The invitation by British filmmaker Richard Attenborough to work on the film about the Indian independence leader shot her to global prominence. She shared the award for the Best Costume Design with acclaimed British designer John Mollo.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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