After commemorating the birthday of 'modern Meera' Mahadevi Varma last week, Google dedicated today's doodle to the Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke. [caption id="attachment_35757" align="alignnone" width="1062"] Source[/caption] The creative Google Doodle marked the 148th birth anniversary of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke aka Dadasaheb, who was born in Trimbak (Maharashtra). He was the pioneer of Indian film making. With as many as 95 full-length movies and 27 short films to his credit, Dadasaheb had given Indian cinema its first ever silent film 'Raja Harishchandra' in 1913. A hit-maker right from his first direction, Phalke had a prolific career spanning over 19 long years, till 1937. According to the Google blog post,
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 cinemaDadasaheb Phalke had tried various careers; painter, draftsman, theatrical set designer, and lithographer, but he found his true calling in film making after watching Alice Guy's silent film, The Life of Christ. He went on to study cine-making at London and came back to make the cinema that reflected Indian culture on the silver screen. Phalke directed his last silent movie, Setubandhan, in 1932. He distanced from his career when the erstwhile Bombay-based industry discovered voice. Once mute films started losing its audience, Phalke retired from film making. To regard this pioneer of Indian Cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards were established by the Government of India in 1969. Every year, the committee rewards the contribution of filmmakers, actors, producers, films and their crew, to country's cinema industry. One of the most prestigious awards reckoned with his name, Dadasaheb Phalke has been a director, teacher and guide for aspiring film makers of India for more than a century.