6th National Film Awards

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6th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1958
Awarded by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented by Rajendra Prasad
(President of India)
Presented on28 April 1959 (1959-04-28)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Sagar Sangamey
Most awards  Jalsaghar
 Sagar Sangamey
  School Master (2)

The 6th National Film Awards , then known as State Awards for Films, presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in the year 1958. [1] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 28 April 1959 and awards were given by then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

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Awards

Awards were divided into feature films and non-feature films.

President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film is now better known as National Film Award for Best Feature Film, whereas President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film is analogous to today's National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film. For children's films, Prime Minister's Gold Medal is now given as National Film Award for Best Children's Film. At the regional level, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film is now given as National Film Award for Best Feature Film in a particular language. Certificate of Merit in all the categories is discontinued over the years.

Feature films

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For the 6th National Film Awards, in this category, two Bengali films Sagar Sangamey and Jalsaghar along with a Kannada film School Master won maximum number of awards (two), with Sagar Sangamey also winning the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. Following were the awards given: [1]

All India Award

Following were the awards given in each category: [1]

AwardFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film Sagar Sangamey Bengali Producer: De Luxe Film DistributorsGold Medal and 20,000
Director: Debaki Bose 5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Jalsaghar BengaliProducer: Satyajit Ray Certificate of Merit and 10,000
Director: Satyajit Ray2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature film School Master Kannada Producer: B. R. Panthulu Certificate of Merit only
Director: B. R. Panthulu
All India Certificate of Merit for Best Children's Film Virsa and the Magic Doll English Producer: Little Cinema Pvt Ltd.Certificate of Merit only
Director: Santi P. Chowdhury

Regional Award

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For 6th National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given in Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil language; instead Certificate of Merit was awarded in each particular language. [1]

AwardFilmAwardee(s)
ProducerDirector
Feature Films in Assamese
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Ronga PoliceKanak Ch. SharmaNip Barua
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Bengali Sagar Sangamey De Luxe Film Distributors Ltd. Debaki Bose
Certificate of Merit Jalsaghar Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray
Daak HarkaraAgragami ProductionsAgragami
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Madhumati Bimal Roy Bimal Roy
Certificate of Merit Lajwanti Mohan Segal Narendra Suri
Karigar Vasant Joglekar Vasant Joglekar
Feature Films in Kannada
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film School Master B. R. Panthalu B. R. Panthalu
Feature Films in Malayalam
Certificate of Merit Nairu Pidicha Pulivalu T. E. Vasudevan P. Bhaskaran
Randidangazhi Neela Productions P. Subramaniam
Feature Films in Marathi
Certificate of Merit Dhakti JaooSarvashri Wamanrao Kulkarni Anant Mane
Vishnupant Chavan
Feature Films in Tamil
Certificate of Merit Thanga Padhumai Jupitor Pictures Pvt Ltd. A. S. A. Samy
Annaiyin Aanai A. M. M. IsmayilC. H. Narayana Moorthy
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Pelli Naati Pramanalu Jayanthi Pictures Pvt Ltd. Kadri Venkata Reddy
Certificate of Merit Mangalya Balam Annapoorna Pictures Adurthi Subba Rao

Non-Feature films

Non-feature film awards were given for the documentaries made in the country. Following were the awards given: [1]

Documentaries

AwardFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film Radha Krishna English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and 4,000
Director: J. S. Bhownagary1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary FilmThe Story of Dr. KarveEnglishProducer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit and 2,000
Director: Neil Gokhale500
Director: Ram Gabale
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary FilmCall of the Mountains Hindi Producer: Films Division
Director: A. K. Chaudhuri
Certificate of Merit only

Awards not given

Following awards were not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award: [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "6th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2011.