Centenary Celebrations of Indian Cinema honoured 41 legends [Pics Video]
As many as 41 legends of Indian cinema like Amitabh Bachchan and K. Balachander were felicitated by President Pranab Mukherjee at the...
The president, who presided over the valedictory function of the four-day mega event on Tuesday, presented the medallions to the awardees.
Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, a former actress, was the first recipient of the award.
Malayalam industry legends Madhavan Nair aka Madhu, Chandran, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Kunchako Gopal, Mammootty and Mohan Lal were also honoured.
From Bollywood, Amitabh, Sridevi, Rekha, Javed Akthar, Ramesh Sippy, Kiran V. Shantaram, Randhir Kapoor, Vinay Kumar Chumble and Kamal Warchatiya received the awards.
Two Marathi artists Ramesh and Seema Deo were awarded along with three Bengali artists Aparna Sen, Gautam Ghosh and Prosenjit Chaterjee.
A special audio visual cassette commemorating the 100-year journey of Indian cinema was released on the occasion.
Speaking at the event, President Mukherjee said that "Indian cinema is incomplete without the contribution of south Indian cinema. The achievement of the south film industry at the National Film Awards over the years is proof of the development of the industry".
Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and Karnataka minister for Infrastructure Development and Information Santosh Lad were also present.
Post the closing ceremony, there was a gala cultural performance by cine stars from south India.