Sivaji Ganesan

During his lifetime, Sivaji was the recipient of several awards and honours. But the one distinction that eluded Sivaji was the national award for best actor, though he was honoured with the Dada Sah...

Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal is our 36th film maker in our series, who received their Phalke award for outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. His award came in the year 2005, when he was still working regularly...

Satyajit Ray

During his career from the mid-fifties to this death, Ray made around 30 feature films and a large number of documentaries. Perhaps it was this versatility which allowed Satyajit Ray to vividly depic...

Ruby Myers

The first scan of female artists who were alive and worthy of such a recognition, revealed the name of Sulochana Senior who was also known within the film industry, as Ruby Myers. She even got a film...

Raj Kapoor

The veteran was born as Ranbir Raj Kapoor to Prithviraj and Rama Kapoor on December 14, 1924 in a small town Samandru in Peshawar, now in Pakistan. In 1948, at the age of 24, he became the youngest f...

R C Boral

Rai Chand Boral or R. C. Boral, who started scoring music for the talkies in our country virtually right from their inception in the early 1930s, is regarded by music connoisseurs and film historians...

Pran

Pran’s entry into films, which took place about seventy-five years ago, is often narrated by many old-timers in an anecdotal vein. In a career span lasting more than six decades, he worked in more th...

Pankaj Mullick

Pankaj Mullick was such a pioneer music director, along with his composer colleagues, R.C. Boral and Timir Baran, at the New Theatres, which was opened in Kolkata by B.N. Sircar in February, 1931. Pr...

Manna Dey

The passing away of Manna Dey, the legendary singer, in Bengaluru on October 24, 2013, caused a three-pronged impact on music lovers in general and his admirers in particular. Manna Dey was honoured ...

Lata Mangeshkar

The single sweet singing voice listened to by several generations of Indians since the country’s independence in 1947, has undoubtedly been that of Lata Mangeshkar. Although she started singing at th...