Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, who won the first Academy Award for India, has died at the age of 91. She won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi in 1983.

Her daughter advised ETimes that she died on Wednesday morning; she was affected by a pressure of pneumonia.

Her filmography included Oscar-nominated movie Lagaan. She labored with high Bollywood expertise and designed costumes for Teesri Manzil, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, Guide, Waqt, Razia Sultan, Karz, 1942 – A Love Story and Swades.


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