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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.

8th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1960
Awarded bySarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(Vice President of India)
Presented byMinistry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on31 March 1961 (1961-03-31)
SiteVigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official websitedff.nic.in
Best Feature FilmAnuradha

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]

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AwardsEdit

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 filmsEdit

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 AwardEdit

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

Award Film Language Awardee(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 Ganguly Certificate 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 Ltd Certificate of Merit only
Director: R. Krishnan
Director: S. Panju
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Children's Film Phool Aur Kaliyan Hindi Producer: Rajkamal Kalamandir Gold Medal and 20,000
Director: Ram Gabale 5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Children's Film Idd Mubarak Hindi Producer: 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 Film Delhi Ki Kahani Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society Certificate of Merit only
Director: Rajendra Kumar

Regional AwardEdit

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]

Award Film Awardee(s)
Producer Director
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Devi Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray
Certificate of Merit Ganga Cine Art Production Pvt Ltd. Rajen Tarafdar
Feature Films in Gujarati
Certificate of Merit Mendi Rang Lagyo Bipin Gajjar Manhar 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 Kanyadan Surel Chitra Madhav Shinde
Certificate of Merit Umaj Padel Tar Narayan 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 filmsEdit

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

DocumentariesEdit

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film Kangra and Kulu English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and 4,000
Director: N. S. Thapu 1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary Film Saga of Service English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit and 2,000
Director: Dilip Jamdar 500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary Film The Weavers English Director: F. R. Bilimoria Certificate of Merit only
Producer: Films Division

Educational filmsEdit

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Educational Film Pond Culture English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and 4,000
Director: N. K. Issar 1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational Film Cotton English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit only
Director: Krishna Kapil
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Educational Film Wheat English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit only
Director: Krishna Kapil

Awards not givenEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "8th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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