President confers National Awards on best of Indian cinema

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pranab-mukherjee-guljarThe ceremony for the 61st National Awards was held today in the capital on Saturday.

President Pranab Mukherjee honoured the cinematic talent across India, among who veteran lyricist Gulzar received the Dada SahebPhalke Award for his immense contribution to cinema.

Over 40 awards were given away in the non-feature film category; 40 awards in feature film category; and three awards for best writing on cinema. The ceremony was hosted by actress-singer RaajeshwariSachdev and news anchor Rini Simon Khanna.

Gulzar, who has contributed to Indian cinema through his writing, lyrics, direction and poetry was accompanied by his daughter MeghnaGulzar, who is also a director in the Indian film industry.

The event was held Saturday at the capital`s VigyanBhawan in the presence of Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and other officials and dignitaries, as well as cinema talent from Bollywood, the southern and Marathi, Bengali and Assamese cinema.

Live performances by Rupankar and BelaShinde, Sang the songs for which they have received their respective playback singer awards. Rupankar sang `E tumikemomtumi` from the Bengali film `Jaatishwar`, while Shende crooned `Khurakhura` from the Marathi movie `Tuhya Dharma Koncha`.

`Ship of Theseus`directed by AnandGandhi, received the best feature film award while `Rangbhoomi` won the best non-feature film award.

The Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film of a director was given to NagrajManjule for Marathi movie `Fandry`, for which SomnathAvghade won the best child artist award.

Sadhana shared the best child artist honour for Tamil film `ThangaMeengal`.