Bhanu Athaiya, the only Indian woman to win an Oscar, passes away

Through Faheem Ruhani

Academy Award-winning dress dressmaker Bhanu Athaiya handed away on October 15, 2020, at the age of 91. She were identified with benign mind tumour in 2012 and her daughter, Radhika Gupta, were by means of her facet since then.

Thirty-seven years in the past, on April 11, 1983, she made historical past at the fifty fifth Annual Academy Awards, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, when she gained the Best Gown Design Award for Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi. Athaiya earned India its first Oscar statuette, sharing the win along with her British counterpart, the overdue John Mollo. She held the difference for 26 years, till 2009, when AR Rahman gained for Best Unique Ranking and Best Tune, Resul Pookutty for Best Sound Blending, and Gulzar for Best Tune. Alternatively, she continues to be the only Indian woman to win an Oscar.

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In April 2013, when Athaiya used to be celebrating 30 years of her ancient win, recalling the victorious second, she’d mentioned, “On the method to the awards in the limousine, the movie’s creator John Briley became to me and mentioned, ‘The win can be yours.’ I requested him why he concept so and he mentioned, ‘Your canvas used to be so massive.’ Later, as I sat with the different nominees in my class, a few of them became to me and mentioned the identical factor. I didn’t let any of this have an effect on me. I’d completed my paintings and had determined that now it used to be for the international to come to a decision whether or not I deserved to win or now not. After they known as my name, I used to be in a daze. I don’t even recall who passed me the award. All I controlled to say used to be ‘Thanks Sir Richard for focusing international consideration on India. Thanks Academy.’”

When Athaiya and Mollo gained their nominations, Columbia Photos determined it will be Athaiya who would cross up on degree to obtain the trophy, have been they to win, as it used to be her paintings that outlined a significant portion of the movie’s costumes. In December 2012, Athaiya returned her Oscar trophy to the Academy following the mind tumour analysis. At the time she had mentioned, “I don’t consider any person in India to stay it. If Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel medal might be stolen from Shantiniketan, what’s the make sure that my trophy can be protected? In India, nobody values such issues and we lack a convention to maintain issues”.

A real patron of arts, she had nice regard for her fresh, the overdue dress dressmaker Mani J Rabadi. She admired Vidya Balan’s flip in The Grimy Image and termed her to be a ‘vintage Indian face’. She beloved mangoes and would wait all yr for summers to relish aamras. When I visited her with some kheer and sabudana khichdi, which she truly favored.

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