An artist,distinctly superior

Bhanu Athaiya the renowned costume designer who bagged the prestigious Oscar award for notable work in Gandhi.

Before her selection for Gandhi as costume designer she was noticed by the yester years popular Bollywood actress Kamini kaushal .

She is famous for her prolific and aesthetic work from films like Saheb biwi Gulam the classic, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and cult movies Sangam, Guide Shri 420, Vaqt,LAGAN, etc.

Richard Atenbaro had once said it took me to figure out My plans for Gandhi for 15 years and just fifteen minutes to think over the name of the costume designer and none other than Mrs. Bhanu Athaiya appeared in the mind for the innovative job for Gandhi.

She was meticulous and diligent and always used to pick up her threads after the research. She visited old mansions of Calcutta before truly imagining the costume for Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam.

Her aesthetic sense speaks loudly in black and white and colored movies equally well.

An apt artist with simple personality and nature bhanu ji is well known personality and had decided after long thought and returned her Oscar to academy of motion pictures los angeles with this thought that perhaps the prestigious award shall be in safe hands.

She decided on the same knowing about the loss of the Nobel medal of Gurudev Ravindra nath Tagore.

She expressed concern with the poor reciprocation of the nation towards the preservation of the national heritages so she decided to return the Oscar to the right hands for its safe custody.

This is also erroneous; she had once stated that she never was considered for Padma shri while she bagged an international award but why we wait for others to acknowledge our work can we respect our deserved individual for their rightful appreciation she stated once.

It's indeed a great loss to the Bollywood of her demise and she would always be remembered with respect for her great work and concern for the authenticity of the assigned objective for the creation of a particular period in the movie.

Few are left now who consider their work as worship; she remains alive as one of those revered individuals.
 

- Sunil S Okhade

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