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    Creative men finally find recognition in the art form for which they are best suited

    Today, the 30 April 2018 is the 148th birthday of the legend Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known to the modern generation as Dadasaheb Phalke, but many of us do not know about his struggle in life before he was recognised as the 'Father of the Indian Cinema.

    Dadasaheb is the alumnus of J.J. School of Art, Mumbai where he studied for 5 years from 1885 to 1890. He also studied sculpture, engineering, drawing, painting and photography at Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda.

    Dadasaheb Phalke began his career as a small town photographer at Godhra but had to leave the business after his first wife and child died of plague. He worked as draftsman with the Archaeological Survey of India for some time. He later started his business in printing specialising in lithography and oleograph. He also worked for famous Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. He had to leave the printing business because of a dispute with his business partners.

    Inspired by watching a silent film 'The Life of Christ', he thought of depicting Indian gods on the screen and took to film making. His first film 'Raja Harishchandra' was publicly acclaimed when it was shown at Mumbai's Coronation Cinema on 3 May 1913, and thus began the story of the Indian Cinema. Later he made 95 movies and 27 short films establishing himself as a famous film director, producer and scriptwriter.

    Dadasaheb could not cope up the the advent of talkie in 1933. His last silent movie was Setubandhan (1932) and his last film was Gangavtaran (1937) after which he retired to his hometown of Nashik where he breathed his last on 16 February 1944.

    The Government of India instituted Dadasaheb Phalke Award in his honour in 1969 for Lifetime Contribution to Cinema. So, friends, let's also remember him today by contributing our thoughts in the memory of this great Indian artist who has left an indelible mark on the Indian Cinema.
  • #635017
    I had an opportunity to know about the great legend of Indian Cinema Dadasaheb through your this thread. Very Many Thanks for this information.
    No life without Sun

  • #635019
    The life journey of Dadasaheb Phalke was not that easy and he confronted with so many challenges and yet could withstand the adversities and that earned him the name and fame for ever.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #635034
    The people who get good recognition might have struggled a lost before they get the recognition. The butter from buttermilk will only come after a lot of stirring or shaking. If we don't have the patience required we will not get the butter. So we will not get impatient in between and stop the hard work. Dadasaheb Phalke's life was a perfect example for this. Today his name in the Indian Cinema field is known and it will be there forever.
    The younger generation should take these personalities lives as an example and should try hard and should not leave in between till the desired result comes.
    Today, the 30 April 2018, on the occasion of his 148th birthday of the legend Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known to the modern generation as Dadasaheb Phalke, let us all pay our respects to the great personality and let us take a pledge to strive for attaining the results.

    always confident

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