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Athaiya, who received an Oscar for her work within the 1983 movie “Gandhi”, handed away peacefully in her sleep, her daughter Radhika Gupta informed PTI.

Mumbai: Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, died at her house on Thursday after extended sickness, her daughter stated. She was 91.

Athaiya, who received an Oscar for her work within the 1983 movie “Gandhi”, handed away peacefully in her sleep, her daughter Radhika Gupta informed PTI.  

 

The final rites passed off on the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai  

“She passed away early this morning. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with a tumour in her brain. For the last three years, she was bedridden because one side (of her body) was paralysed,” her daughter stated.

Athaiya, who was born in Kolhapur, started her profession as a dressing up designer in Hindi cinema with Guru Dutt’s 1956 superhit “C.I.D”.

She received the Academy Award for Greatest Costume Design in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” together with John Mollo.

In 2012, Athaiya returned her Oscar to the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences for safe-keeping.

In a profession spanning 5 many years and over 100 movies, she received two Nationwide Awards — for Gulzar”s thriller drama “Lekin” (1990) and the interval movie “Lagaan” directed by Ashutosh Gowariker (2001).

 

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