national awards

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the Government of India for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Named after Dadasaheb Phalke, the pioneer of Indian film industry, the award is bestowed to honor distinguished contribution to the growth and promotion of the film medium. The government introduced the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the annual National Awards in 1969, the birth centenary year of Phalke, to commemorate his invaluable contribution to Indian cinema.

BHARAT RATNA -- The highest civilian award of the country.

‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian award of the country, was instituted in the year 1954. Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for these awards. It is awarded for exceptional service towards advancement of Art, Literature and Science, and in recognition of public service of the highest order.