Soumitra Chatterjee conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Soumitra Chatterjee , veteran actor of Bengali cinema honoured with the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Award by Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the 59th National Awards for 2011 for his exceptional contribution to the growth of Indian cinema.
The award carries Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh.
The Government has decided to host the award ceremony on May 3 every year. It will also be held next year on the same day May 3, 2013 in order to mark the centenary of Dadasaheb Phalke’s first feature film ‘ Raja Harishchandra ‘ which was premiered on May 3, 1913 in Bombay.
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