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Today’s Google doodle commemorates Dadasaheb Phalke, who’s called the ‘father of Indian cinema’, on the occasion of his 148th birth anniversary.

Phalke gave Indian cinema its first silent film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’, in 1913. He made 95 movies and 27 short films in his career spanning 19 years.

today’s doodle by artist Aleesha Nandhra portrays a young Phalke directing actors, wielding the camera and editing film.

Phalke was created in Trimbak, in present-day Maharashtra, and his father was a noted scholar. The young Phalke developed a keen curiosity about the arts and proceeded to examine, at various points, numerous disciplines, including photography, lithography, architecture, engineering, and even magic, says Google’s write-up on the filmmaker.

 While Phalke was working as a painter and theatre set designer he chanced upon Alice Guy’s silent film,’The Life of Christ'(1910). That’s when he resolved to create Indian culture to the silver screen. He travelled to London to learn filmmaking from Cecil Hepworth, a British director, producer and screenwriter who is considered among the founders of the British film industry.

In 1969, US government paid homage to Phalke by establishing the Dadasaheb Phalke awards recognizing lifetime contributions to Indian cinema.

 

source: Times Of India

 

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