President Droupadi Murmu recently gave away the National Film Awards for the year 2020 under various categories at the 68th edition of the ceremony.
- The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was conferred on veteran actor Asha Parekh, an accomplished Indian classical dancer who has also been a director and producer.
- The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in the field of cinema.
- It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
- The recipient is honoured for their "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema".
- The award prize consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of ₹10 lakh and a shawl.
- The award was introduced by the Government of India to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke's contribution to Indian cinema, who is popularly known as and often regarded as "the father of Indian cinema".
- It was first presented in 1969. The first recipient of the award was actress Devika Rani, “the first lady of Indian cinema.
Source : The Hindu