Google Doodle celebrates the 148th birthday of Dadasaheb Phalke,who is known as the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter.He made 95 movies and 27 short films in his career spanning 19 years, till 1937.
India’s first full-length feature ‘ Raja Harishchandra’, the first Marathi cinema which was also the first Indian cinema in 1913 was the debut film of Dada Saheb Phalke.His most noted works include Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).
Dadasaheb Phalke was born on 30 April 1870 at Tryambakeshwar in Maharshtra.His father was an accomplished scholar.He joined Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1885. After passing from J.J. School in 1890, Phalke went to the Kala Bhavan, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Vadodara to study sculpture, engineering, drawing, painting and photography.
In 1969 Government of India instituted ‘The Dadasaheb Phalke Award’, for lifetime contribution to cinema.The award is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country.