8th National Film Awards

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8th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1960
Awarded by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(Vice President of India)
Presented on31 March 1961 (1961-03-31)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Anuradha

The 8th 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 1960. [1] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 31 March 1961 and awards were given by then Vice-President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

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Starting with 8th National Film Awards, new category of awards for Educational Films was introduced. This category includes Prime Minister's Gold Medal and Certificate of Merit for second and third best educational film. [1]

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 8th National Film Awards, a Hindi film Anuradha won 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 Anuradha Hindi Producer: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Gold Medal and 20,000
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee 5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Kshudhita Pashan Bengali Producer: Hemen GangulyCertificate of Merit and 10,000
Director: Tapan Sinha 2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Deivapiravi Tamil Producer: Kamal Brothers Pvt LtdCertificate of Merit only
Director: R. Krishnan
Director: S. Panju
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Children's Film Phool Aur KaliyanHindiProducer: Rajkamal Kalamandir Gold Medal and 20,000
Director: Ram Gabale 5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Children's FilmIdd MubarakHindiProducer: Children's Film Society Certificate of Merit and 10,000
Director: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas 2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Children's FilmDelhi Ki KahaniHindiProducer: Children's Film Society Certificate of Merit only
Director: Rajendra Kumar

Regional Award

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. With 8th National Film Awards, new award category was introduced for the feature films made in Gujarati and Odia language. These newly introduced categories includes President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film and Certificate of Merit for second and third best film in both the languages, although former was not given for Gujarati language as no film was found suitable for the award. Along with Gujarati, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was also not given in Kannada language, instead Certificate of Merit was awarded. No awards were given in Assamese and Malayalam language as no film was found to be suitable. [1]

AwardFilmAwardee(s)
ProducerDirector
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Devi Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray
Certificate of MeritGangaCine Art Production Pvt Ltd. Rajen Tarafdar
Feature Films in Gujarati
Certificate of Merit Mendi Rang Lagyo Bipin GajjarManhar Raskapur
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Mughal-e-Azam K. Asif K. Asif
Certificate of Merit Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai Ranbir Raj Kapoor Radhu Karmakar
Kanoon B. R. Chopra B. R. Chopra
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit Bhakta Kanakadasa D. R. Naidu Y. R. Swami
Feature Films in Marathi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film KanyadanSurel ChitraMadhav Shinde
Certificate of MeritUmaj Padel TarNarayan Baburao Kamat Dinkar D. Patil
Feature Films in Odia
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Sri Lokenath Rupa Raga Pvt Ltd.Prafulla Kumar Sengupta
Feature Films in Tamil
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Parthiban Kanavu Jubilee Films Pvt Ltd. Dasari Yoganand
Certificate of Merit Paathai Theriyuthu Paar Kumari Films Pvt Ltd. Nemai Ghosh
Kalathur Kannamma AVM Productions A. Bhimsingh
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Mahakavi Kalidasu Sarani Productions K. Kameshwara Rao
Certificate of Merit Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam N. A. T. Pvt Ltd. N. Trivikrama Rao

Non-Feature films

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

Documentaries

AwardFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film Kangra and KuluEnglishProducer: Films Division Gold Medal and 4,000
Director: N. S. Thapu1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary FilmSaga of ServiceEnglishProducer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit and 2,000
Director: Dilip Jamdar500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary FilmThe WeaversEnglishDirector: F. R. BilimoriaCertificate of Merit only
Producer: Films Division

Educational films

AwardFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Educational Film Pond CultureEnglishProducer: Films DivisionGold Medal and 4,000
Director: N. K. Issar1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational FilmCottonEnglishProducer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit only
Director: Krishna Kapil
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Educational FilmWheatEnglishProducer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit only
Director: Krishna Kapil

Awards not given

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

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References

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