Shri Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke) : Nashik

The Father Of Indian Cinema

Dadasaheb Phalke

  • Shri Dhundiraj Govind Phalke fondly called Dadasaheb Phalke is the father of Indian Cinema born in Nashik.
  • He was born on 30 April 1870 in Trimbakeshwar to a Sanskrit scholar in Nashik.
  • He took his education at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay and Kalabhavan of Baroda where he learnt Sculpture, Engineering Drawing, Painting and Photography.
  • Then Dadasaheb Phalke taking inspiration from the film by the Lumie Brothers made his first Indian silent movie “Raja Harishchandra” in 1913.
  • He gradually wore the caps of a producer-director-screenwriter and made 95 movies and 26 short films in his career span of 19 years.
  • Some of his famous works are : Mohini Bhasmasur, Satyavan Savitri, Lanka Dahan, Shri Krishna Janma.
  • But then the times changed, and Phalke fell victim to technology of sound film and thus retired in 1937.
  • He then came back to Nashik where he died in 16 February 1944.
  • Even today in order to pay homage to him a prestigious award named after him “Dadasaheb Phalke Award” is given to people who have greatly contributed to the Indian Cinema.
  • This year the “Dadasaheb Phalke Award” for the year 2009 has been announced for D. Ramanaidu of Andhra Pradesh.

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