Google marks Dadasaheb Phalke's 148th birth anniversary with Doodle


NEW DELHI: Google on Monday dedicated its creative doodle to mark the 148th birth anniversary of the father of Indian Cinema Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke.


Dadasaheb Govind Phalke was born on 20 April 1870 in Trymbakeshwar in Maharashtra, 30 km from Nashik. His father was an accomplished scholar. Dadasaheb Phalke went on to study in the JJ School of Art in Mumbai in 1885. He then studied sculpture, engineering, drawing, painting and photography from Kala Bhavan in the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Vadodara.He made 95 movies and 27 short films in his career spanning 19 years, till 1937.

"Created by guest artist Aleesha Nandhra, doodle shows a young Dadasaheb in action as he went about directing the first few gems in the history of Indian cinema," wrote the Google blog post.

"After stints as a painter, draftsman, theatrical set designer, and lithographer, he chanced upon Alice Guy's silent film, The Life of Christ (1910). Phalke resolved to bring Indian culture to the silver screen. He traveled to London to learn filmmaking from Cecil Hepworth," it added.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was established by the Government of India in 1969. The award is considered as one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema.

Dadasaheb Phalke had a career that spanned 19 years and it was only with the introduction of sound film that he hung up his boots in 1937 after releasing his last work "Gangavataran". He died in Nashik on 16 February 1944.

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