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