Google marks Dadasaheb Phalke’s 148th birth anniversary with Doodle

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New Delhi, April 30: Google on Monday dedicated its creative doodle to mark the 148th birth anniversary of the father of Indian Cinema Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke.

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Dadasaheb Phalke

Born on April 30, 1870, in Trimbak, Phalke gave Indian Cinema its first silent film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913 with special effects, making it a huge hit.

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A scene from Raja Harishchandra

He went on to make more memorable movies like “Mohini Bhasmasur”, “Satyavan Savitri” and “Kaliya Mardan”.

He made 95 movies and 27 short films in his career spanning 19 years, till 1937.

“Created by guest artist Aleesha Nandhra, doodle shows a young Dadasaheb in action as he went about directing the first few gems in the history of Indian cinema,” wrote the Google blog post.

“After stints as a painter, draftsman, theatrical set designer, and lithographer, he chanced upon Alice Guy’s silent film, The Life of Christ (1910). Phalke resolved to bring Indian culture to the silver screen. He traveled to London to learn filmmaking from Cecil Hepworth,” it added.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was established by the Government of India in 1969. The award is considered as one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema.

The award is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony. Actress Devika Rani was the first recipient of this award and other noted personalities include Raj Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Yash Chopra, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Shyam Benegal. Vinod Khanna, who became only the second person to be posthumously presented the award, is the most recent recipient of the award this year.

Earlier, on Sunday DadaSaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018 was being held.

Veteran actor Farida Jalal received ‘Lifetime Award’, Konkana Sen Sharma was awarded as the ‘Best Debut Director’ Award and Manisha Koirala bagged the award for ‘Most Versatile Actress in Indian cinema’.

The ‘Best Playback Singer-Male’ was given to Armaan Malik awhile Neeti Mohan was awarded as the ‘Best Playback Singer-Female’ at the award show.

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