Dhundiraj Govind Phalke
, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke
: दादासाहेब फाळके ) (30 April 1870 - 16 February 1944) was an Indian
producer-director-screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema
. The Guardian
. Starting with his debut film, Raja Harishchandra
1913, now known as India's first full-length feature, he made 95 movies and 26 short films in his career span of 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 Government of India
in 1969, and is the most prestigious and coveted award in Indian Cinema
. Asia Studies, University of Berkeley
Early life and education
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was born on 30 April 1870 at Trimbakeshwar
, 30 km from Nasik
International Film Festival. where his father was an accomplished Sanskrit
scholar. The Tribune
, 30 April 2000.
He joined Sir J. J. School of Art
in 1885. After passing from J.J. School in 1890, Phalke went to the Kala Bhavan in Baroda
, where he studied sculpture, engineering, drawing, painting and photography.
He began his career as a... Read More