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Dadasaheb Phalke

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the father of Indian cinema. He was born on April 30, 1870. In 1885, he joined Sir J.J. School of Arts and later went to the Kala Bhavan in Baroda to learn photography, printing and magic. Initially, he started his career as a small town photographer in Godhra. After the death of his wife and children he started working as a draftsman in the Archaeological Survey of India.

Phalke later turned to the business of printing. After giving up printing, he turned his attention to moving pictures. In 1912, he made his first film, Raja Harishchandra and is credited for making the first Indian feature film. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is instituted in his honour.
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