Thursday, April 30, 2015

30 April : Dadasaheb Phalke birth anniversary

Dadasaheb Phalke
"Those who are susceptible to depravity do not need cinema or theatre to mislead them. There are numerous other factors which lead to immorality." - Dadasaheb Phalke.

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, born in a Marathi Chitpavan Brahmin family and popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke (b. 30 April 1870 - d. 16 February 1944) was an Indian producer, director and screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema. Starting with his debut film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913, now known as India's first full-length feature, he made 95 movies and 26 short films in his career spanning 19 years, till 1937, including his most noted works: Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honor by the Government of India in 1969. The award one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country. A variant, honorary Award from The Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Mumbai was Introduced in the year 2001, for life time achievement in Indian cinema.

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