Celebrated costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, who did India proud by successful an Oscar for the costume design of Gandhi (1982), handed away right now early morning in her sleep. She was 91 years of age. It’s stated that eight years in the past, she was recognized with a tumor in her mind. For the final three years, she was bedridden as a result of one aspect of her physique was paralyzed.
It has to be famous that she by no means formally learned style designing, however, picked up the tips of the commerce on the job. Bhanu Athaiya was born in Kolhapur on April 28, 1929. She was the third of the seven kids born to Annasaheb and Shantabai Rajopadhye. Athaiya’s father, Annasaheb was a painter. He died when Athaiya was 9 years outdated.
In one of her interviews, she had acknowledged that when her father completed a challenge, he used to name her to wash his brush and palette. That’s how she developed a curiosity in portray from a younger age. Impressed by her father, Bhanu too began to portray and later joined the JJ Faculty of Arts.
She graduated from the distinguished institute with prime honors, successful a gold medal, and a fellowship. She labored as an illustrator in a girls’ journals after commencement. It’s stated that one among her editors inspired her to sketch attire. When the editor opened a boutique, she took Athaiya alongside and that’s when her journey in the direction of style designing actually started.
Her designs reportedly caught the eye of Kamini Kaushal, who was one of many foremost main girls of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Quickly, it’s stated, she began designing Kaushal’s private wardrobe. That affiliation led her to design for Kaushal in movies like Shahenshah (1953) and Chalis Baba Ek Chor (1953). Nargis was stated to be one other admirer of her work.
It was Guru Dutt who gave her a correct break in movies. She turned costume designer with the movie C.I.D. in 1956 and adopted it up with different Guru Dutt productions similar to Pyaasa (1957), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962). One other filmmaker with whom Athaiya got here to be intently related to was Raj Kapoor. She designed the costumes for his Sangam (1964), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Prem Rog (1982), and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985).
Bhanu was a trendsetter when it got here to style. For instance, her tight fitted kurta and churidar turned a rage when she dressed up Sadhana and Sharmila Tagore in them in Yash Chopra directed Waqt (1965). Likewise, the form-hugging orange ‘Mumtaz sari’ which the actress wore within the track Aajkal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche track from Brahmachari (1968) turned a rage.
She took inspiration from historical India for her creations. It’s stated she studied Ajanta cave work to create costumes for Vyjayanthimala in Amrapali (1966). She gained the Nationwide Movie Award for Greatest Costume Design for Lekin (1991) and Lagaan (2001) and reportedly studied the Rajasthani and Kutchi folks artwork for her designs. She was additionally a winner of the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
The largest problem of her life got here with Gandhi. She labored intently with the opposite costume designer in the movie, John Mollo, and dealt with all of the Indian costumes. Since Gandhi’s was an intently documented life, her sources of inspiration have been present in numerous libraries and museums. She poured painstakingly over outdated images to get the look proper.
The movie documented Gandhi’s progress from a barrister in South Africa to the messiah-like determine who spearheaded India’s freedom wrestle in later life and her costumes mirrored that change. Unusually, in 2012, she returned the Oscar that she gained for Gandhi to the Academy for safekeeping. She was a girl of her phrase and by no means regretted the choice.
She was married to author Satyendra Athaiya however later separated. Athaiya is survived by her daughter Radhika Gupta.