Bhanu Athaiya: The First Indian Oscar Winner

Words fail if we start talking about Bhanu Athaiya. Bhanu Athaiya costume designer was a relic and a masterpiece when it came to reflecting the National identity: a strong front. She was born in 1929 in Kohlapur. She was also a member of Progressive Artists' Group.

Bhanu Athaiya fashion designer zeal led her to design theatrical costumes for Hima Devi's shows, like ‘Hamlet,’ ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ and ‘Taming of the Shrew.’

Bhanu Athaiya collection of Gandhi’s framed photographs was set up as a wall to inspire the players involved. She introduced the fundamental ideas behind Gandhi's chosen attire — a modest ‘dhoti’ and ‘shawl’.

She was the designer of the first Calico Fashion Show. She draped Zeenat Aman for 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' (1978); Mumtaz in ‘Brahmachari’ (1968).