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Bhanu Athaiya's Death: Priyanka Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar Offer Condolences

Priyanka Chopra and Lata Mangeshkar mourned the death of costume designer Bhanu Athaiya while recalling her great works and her contributions to cinema.

Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner's death: Priyanka Chopra, Lata Mangshkar mourn

Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, passed away at her home in Mumbai on October 15 after a prolonged illness at the age of 91. Global icon Priyanka Chopra and Lata Mangeshkar offered condolence while recalling her great works and her phenomenal contributions to the Indian cinema.

Priyanka Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar mourn the loss

Priyanka shared a picture from her Academy Winning moment on Twitter and praised Athaiya’s iconic work which also included inventing the Mumtaz saree. Further, commenting upon her work, the Sky is Pink actress wrote, “RIP Bhanu Athaiya. What an amazing body of work- Oscar-winning costume designer for Gandhi, the inventor of the Mumtaz saree… an inspiration to so many young designers. Her legacy will live on forever. My condolence to the family.” 

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Apart from Priyanka, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar who has had the opportunity of working with the costume designer for her film Lekin. Lata who was deeply saddened to hear about the demise of the designer wrote, “Oscar award-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya’s demise has really saddened me. She was awarded the Oscar price for her film Gandhi. She was also a designed costume for my film Lekin."

The last rites took place at 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 paralyzed,” her daughter told PTI. 

Bhanu Athaiya's contribution 

 The designer also designed costumes for some of the iconic Bollywood films like Guru Dutt’s C.I.D, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, Waqt, Arzoo, Amrapali, Suraj, Anita, Milan, Raat Aur Din, Shikar, Guide, Teesri Manzil, 1942 – A Love Story among others. In 2012, Athaiya returned her Oscar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for safe-keeping. In an interview with PTI, she had said. “I have wanted this for some time. I want to thank the Academy for helping me. Many Oscar winners in the past have returned their Oscars for safekeeping. It is a tradition with the Academy."

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(With inputs from PTI)

 

 

 

 

 

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