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Why India's highest Cinema award given in the name of Dadasaheb Phalke?

Oct 17, 2018 18:20 IST
    Dadasaheb Phalke Awards

    Dadasaheb Phalke Award is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

    What is Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

    Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema. It is given for the "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.”

    Who was Dada Saheb Phalke?

    Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was the real name of Dadasaheb Phalke. He was born on 30 April 1870 in a Marathi-speaking Chitpavan Brahmin family at Trimbak, Maharashtra. He took training in drama and photography in Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai. After that he went to Germany and learned to make films there. When he returned to India, he made the first silent film Raja Harishchandra which was India's first full-length feature.

    Why India's highest Cinema award given in the name of Dada Saheb Phalke?

    The India's highest award in cinema is given on the name of Dadasaheb Phalke and the answer is- He is credited with making Raja Harishchandra that was the first feature film in India, and is thus called the father of Indian cinema. It was introduced in 1969 by the government to recognise the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian Cinema.

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    Who is responsible for organising Dadasaheb Phalke Awards?

    Dadasaheb Phalke Award is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. This award is given to those who have outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema and the recipient is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. The award is comprises of a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of ₹1,000,000.

    It worth to know that Dada Saheb Phalke Academy also gives three awards in the name of Dada Saheb Phalke, which are as follows: Phalke Ratna Award, Phalke Kalpataru Award and Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Awards.

    Do you know that Bombay High Court in 2006 directed the Directorate of Film Festivals to consider only those films which are not censored. This judgement was challenge by the Directorate of Film Festivals in the Supreme Court and the decision was in favour of the Directorate of Film Festivals. After that award was announced in the middle of the year 2008 because the reason for the delay in the court verdict. Thus, the 2007 award was announced in September 2009 and in the same year the year 2008 was announced on January 19, 2010 and the year 2009 was announced on 9th September, 2010.

    Who was the first recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

    The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani, who was honoured at the 17th National Film Awards. As of 2018, there have been 49 awardees of Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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    List of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Recipients

    Ceremonial Year

    Recipient

    Film industry

    2017 (65th)

    Vinod Khanna

    Hindi

    2016 (64th)

    Kasinathuni Viswanath

    Telugu

    2015 (63rd)

    Manoj Kumar

    Hindi

    2014 (62nd)

    Shashi Kapoor

    Hindi

    2013 (61st)

    Gulzar

    Hindi

    2012 (60th)

    Pran

    Hindi

    2011 (59th)

    Soumitra Chatterjee

    Bengali

    2010 (58th)

    K. Balachander

    Tamil, Telugu

    2009 (57th)

    D. Ramanaidu

    Telugu

    2008 (56th)

    V. K. Murthy

    Hindi

    2007(55th)

    Manna Dey

    Bengali, Hindi

    2006 (54th)

    Tapan Sinha

    Bengali, Hindi

    2005 (53rd)

    Shyam Benegal

    Hindi

    2004 (52nd)

    Adoor Gopalakrishnan

    Malayalam

    2003 (51st)

    Mrinal Sen

    Bengali

    2002 (50th)

    Dev Anand

    Hindi

    2001 (49th)

    Yash Chopra

    Hindi

    2000 (48th)

    Asha Bhosle

     Hindi, Marathi

    1999 (47th)

    Hrishikesh Mukherjee

    Hindi

    1998 (46th)

    B. R. Chopra

    Hindi

    1997 (45th)

    Kavi Pradeep

    Hindi

    1996 (44th)

    Sivaji Ganesan

    Tamil

    1995 (43rd)

    Rajkumar

    Kannada

    1994 (42nd)

    Dilip Kumar

    Hindi

    1993 (41st)

    Majrooh Sultanpuri

    Hindi

    1992 (40th)

    Bhupen Hazarika

    Assamese

    1991 (39th)

    Bhalji Pendharkar

    Marathi

    1990 (38th)

    Akkineni Nageswara Rao

    Telugu

    1989 (37th)

    Lata Mangeshkar

     Hindi, Marathi

    1988 (36th)

    Ashok Kumar

    Hindi

    1987 (35th)

    Raj Kapoor

    Hindi

    1986 (34th)

    B. Nagi Reddy

    Telugu

    1985 (33rd)

    V. Shantaram

     Hindi, Marathi

    1984 (32nd)

    Satyajit Ray

    Bengali

    1983 (31st)

    Durga Khote

    Hindi, Marathi

    1982 (30th)

    L. V. Prasad

    Hindi, Tamil, Telugu

    1981 (29th)

    Naushad

    Hindi

    1980 (28th)

    Paidi Jairaj

    Hindi, Telugu

    1979 (27th)

    Sohrab Modi

    Hindi

    1978 (26th)

    Raichand Boral

    Bengali, Hindi

    1977 (25th)

    Nitin Bose

    Bengali, Hindi

    1976 (24th)

    Kanan Devi

    Bengali

    1975 (23rd)

    Dhirendra Nath Ganguly

    Bengali

    1974 (22nd)

    Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy

    Telugu

    1973 (21st)

    Ruby Myers (Sulochana)

    Hindi

    1972 (20th)

    Pankaj Mullick

    Bengali & Hindi

    1971 (19th)

    Prithviraj Kapoor

    Hindi

    1970 (18th)

    Birendranath Sircar

    Bengali

    1969 (17th)

    Devika Rani

    Hindi

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