The 143rd birth anniversary of the father of Indian Cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke is being celebrated today.
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was born on 30th April 1870. Phalke was a visionary gifted enough to foresee the awesome potential of the film medium almost a century ago. 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).
His birthday will be marked the end of the six day long Centenary Film Festival which is being held in Siri Fort Anniversary, New Delhi from 25th April.
A Play on the life and times of Dadasaheb Phalke by Aamir Raza Hussain will be staged on 30th April.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honor by the Government of India in 1969.