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DADASAHEB PHALKE

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (1870-1944), popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, is regarded as the 'Father of the Indian Cinema'. He made India's first indigenous feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1912. His next film was Mohini Bhasmasur (1914), which was followed by Savitri Satyavan (1914) and Lanka Dahan (1917). Phalke produced several comedies (Pithache Panje, Soulagna Rasa, Animated Coins, Vichitra Shilpa), topicals (Sinhasta Parvani, Kartiki Purnima Festival, Ganesh Utsava) and documentaries (Bird's Eye-view of Bodh Gaya, Rock-cut Temples of Ellora). Phalke also made a short film on film-making called How Films are Prepared in 1917. As an acknowledgment of his great contribution to the Indian cinema, the Government of India introduced in 1960 the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest award in film industry.


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