Birthday: 28-04-1929
Age: 90
Star sign: Taurus

Born on April 28, 1929, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Bhanu Athaiya née Rajopadhye is an Indian costume creator. She has created a costume in more than 100 movies, since the 50s.She is the daughter of Shantabai and Annasaheb Rajopadhye. She is the third child among her seven siblings.

Her father was a painter. When Athaiya was nine years old, he passed away.She is the daughter of Shantabai and Annasaheb Rajopadhye. She is the third child among her seven siblings. Her father was a painter. When Athaiya was nine years old, her father passed away. At very early age, she started studying art. She took tuition from an art teacher, who came to her house and taught her drawing.

Later after completing her schooling, she enlisted in Mumbai’s Sir J. J. School of Art. She finished her graduation from there in fine arts with a gold medal, top respects, and an internship. The Progressive Artists' Group, a batch of modern artists established by Francis Newton Souza selected her for being a member.

Athaiya wedded to Satyendra Athaiya, an artist and infrequent lyricist for Hindi movies. The marriage finished in detachment, and she remained unmarried. The pair has one little girl, who right now dwells with her family in Kolkata. Athaiya at present works in Mumbai. Athaiya began her vocation as an independent fashion designer for different ladies' magazines including the 'Eve's Weekly' in Mumbai. Later, the editor of the magazine opened a boutique and requested Athaiya design dresses for it.

Hence she found her flair in costume illustrator. Her prosperity as a creator soon prompted her exchanging vocation ways. Her profession started by outlining garments for Guru Dutt's movies. She soon turned into a piece of the Guru Dutt group. People paid tribute in New York at the launch of the SAIFF in November of 2005for her assortment of work. She debuted as a movie costume designer with the motion picture C.I.D. by Raj Khosla in 1956.

She then lined it up with other Guru Dutt works of art such as Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam by Abrar Alvi, Pyaasa by Abrar Alvi and Chaudhvin Ka Chand by Mohammed Sadiq. In her profession spreading over 50 years, she has gotten various honors. She received the Academy honoring the categorization of Best Costume Design split with John Mollo for her exertion in the movie Gandhi in 1982. She turned into the first Indian to gain an Academy Award.

She additionally won two National Film honors, in 1991 and 2002. In March of 2010, Athaiya discharged her book name The Art of Costume Design, distributed by Harper Collins. She gave Dalai Lama the book on 13 January of 2013.Reports accounted that Athaiya wished to restore her Academy grant because she thought that her family wouldn't have the capacity to deal with the trophy after her demise on 23 February of 2012. On 15 December of 2012, reports affirmed that the honor had come back to The Academy.