Dada Saheb Phalke Award

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    • Recently, Veteran actress Asha Parekh has been declared the recipient of the 2020 Dadasaheb Phalke award, making her the 52nd awardee of the honour.

    Dadasaheb Phalke award

    • Beginning: The Government of India started it in 1969 to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke, known as the ‘Father of Indian Cinema’.
    • He made India’s first full-length feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913.
    • It is the highest honour for an artist in Indian cinema.
    • It is presented annually at the National Films Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
    • The recipients are honoured for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.”
    • The award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.

    Source:IE