9th National Film Awards

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9th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1961
Awarded by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(Vice President of India)
Announced on5 April 1962 (1962-04-05)
Presented on21 April 1962 (1962-04-21)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Bhagini Nivedita

The 9th 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 1961. [1] The awards were announced on 5 April 1962 and were presented on 21 April at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, by then Vice-President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

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Selection process

The Central Committee for State Awards for Films for the year was headed by politician and author R. R. Diwakar. To select films for the awards, the committee viewed "27 feature films, five children's films, seven documentaries and six educational films and a few filmstrips" between 19 March and 2 April 1962. [2]

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 9th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Bhagini Nivedita 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 Bhagini Nivedita Bengali Producer: Aurora Film CorporationGold Medal and 20,000
Director: Bijoy Bose5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Pava Mannippu Tamil Producer: Buddha PicturesCertificate of Merit and 10,000
Director: A. Bhimsingh 2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Prapanch Marathi Producer: Indian National PicturesCertificate of Merit only
Director: Madhukar Pathak
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Children's Film Hattogol Vijay Hindi Producer: Hari S. Dasgupta ProductionsGold Medal and 20,000
Director: Buju Das Gupta5,000
Director: Raghunath Goswami
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Children's FilmSavitriHindiProducer: Children's Film Society Certificate of Merit and 10,000
Director: Phani Majumdar 2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Children's FilmNanhe Munne SitareHindiProducer: Ajay Kumar ChakravartyCertificate of Merit only
Director: Ajay Kumar Chakravarty

Regional Award

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For 9th National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given in Gujarati, Kannada and Odia 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 ShakuntalaKamrup Chitra Bhupen Hazarika
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Samapti Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Saptapadi Uttam Kumar Ajoy Kar
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film Punascha Mrinal Sen Mrinal Sen
Feature Films in Gujarati
Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film Nandanvan ;;Shrikumar V. GaglaniGanpatrao Brahmbhatt
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Dharmputra B. R. Chopra Yash Chopra
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Gunga Jumna Dilip Kumar Nitin Bose
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature FilmPyaar Ki PyaasAnupam ChitraMahesh Kaul
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film Kittur Chennamma Padmini Pictures B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu
Feature Films in Malayalam
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Mudiyanaya Puthran Chandrathara Productions Ramu Kariat
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Kandam Becha Kottu Modern Theatres T. R. Sundaram
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature FilmSabarimala Sri Ayyappan K. Kuppuswamy S. M. Sriramulu Naidu
Feature Films in Marathi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film ManiniKala Chitra Anant Mane
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature FilmVaijayantaRekha Films Gajanan Jagirdar
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature FilmManasala Pankh AstatMadhav ShindeMadhav Shinde
Feature Films in Odia
Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film Nua Bou Ram Krishna TripathyPrabhat Mukherjee
Feature Films in Tamil
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Kappalottiya Thamizhan Padmini Pictures B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Pasamalar Rajamani Pictures A. Bhimsingh
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film Kumudham Modern Theatres Adurthi Subba Rao
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Bharya Bharthalu Prasad Art Pictures Pvt Ltd. K. Pratyagatma

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 Rabindranath Tagore
(Longer Version)
English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and 4,000
Director: Satyajit Ray 1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary FilmOur Feathered FriendsEnglishProducer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit and 2,000
Director: Gopal Datt500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary FilmRomance of the Indian CoinEnglishProducer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit only
Director: G. H. Saraiya

Educational films

AwardFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Educational Film Citrus Cultivation English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and 4,000
Director: Krishna Kapil1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational FilmCoir WorkerEnglishProducer: F. R. BilimoriaCertificate of Merit only
Director: F. R. Bilimoria
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Educational FilmAhvan Hindi Producer: Dhruva Kumar PandyaCertificate of Merit only
Director: Dhruva Kumar Pandya

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

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "9th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. "'Pava Mannippu' Adjudged Second Best Feature Film". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 6 April 1962. p. 5.