3rd National Film Awards

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3rd National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1955
Awarded by Prime Minister of India
(Jawaharlal Nehru)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on September 1956 (1956-09)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Pather Panchali
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The 3rd 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 the year 1955.[1][2] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on September, 1956 and awards were given by then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Juries[edit]

Three different committees were formed based on the film making sectors in India, mainly based in Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. Another committee for all India level was also formed which included some of the members from regional committee. For 3rd National Film Awards, central committee was headed by C. D. Deshmukh.[1][2]

  • Jury Regional: Bombay
    • M. D. Bhat (Chairperson) • Narendra Sharma • P. N. Arora • Jayant Desai • M. R. Palande • Jagdish Sethi
  • Jury Regional: Madras

Awards[edit]

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[edit]

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 3rd National Film Awards, Pather Panchali, a Bengali film by a debutant director Satyajit Ray won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. Following were the awards given:[1][2]

All India Award[edit]

For 3rd National Film Awards, none of the films were awarded from Children's films category as no film was found to be suitable.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s)
President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film Pather Panchali Bengali Producer: Government of West Bengal
Director: Satyajit Ray
All India Certificate of Merit Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje Hindi Producer: Rajkamal Kalamandir
Director: V. Shantaram
All India Certificate of Merit Shirdi Che Sai Baba Marathi Producer: Nandadeep chitra
Director: Kumarsen Samarth

Regional Award[edit]

With 3rd National Film Awards, new award category was introduced for the feature films made in Assamese language. This newly introduced category includes President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Assamese and Certificate of Merit for second and third best film, although former was not given as no film was found suitable for the award.[1][2]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For 3rd National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given in Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil language; instead Certificate of Merit was awarded in each particular language.[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s)
Feature Films in Assamese
Certificate of Merit Piyali Phukan Producer: Rupajyoti Productions
Director: Phani Sarma
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Pather Panchali Producer: Government of West Bengal
Director: Satyajit Ray
Certificate of Merit Rani Rashmoni Producer: Chalachitra Pratishthan
Director: Kali Prasad Ghosh
Rai Kamal Producer: Aurora Films Corporation
Director: Subodh Mitra
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje Producer: Rajkamal Kalamandir
Director: V. Shantaram
Certificate of Merit Shree 420 Producer: R. K. Films
Director: Raj Kapoor
Devdas Producer: Bimal Roy Productions
Director: Bimal Roy
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit Mahakavi Kalidasa Producer: Lalitakala Film Private Ltd.
Director: Honnappa Bhagavatar
Feature Films in Marathi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Me Tulas Tujhya Angani Producer: Nav Chitra
Director: Raja Thakur
Certificate of Merit Shevagyachya Shenga Producer: Sadashiv Row J. Kavi
Director: Shantaram Athavale
Feature Films in Tamil
Certificate of Merit Mangayar Thilakam Producer: Vaidya Films
Director: L. V. Prasad
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Bangaru Papa Producer: Vauhini Productions
Director: B. N. Reddy
Certificate of Merit Ardhangi Producer: Ragini Films
Director: P. Pullaiah

Non-Feature films[edit]

Non-feature film awards were given for the documentaries made in the country. Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Documentaries[edit]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s)
President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film Magic of Mountains English Producer: Films Division
Director: Mushir Ahmed
Certificate of Merit Wonder of Work English Producer: Films Division
Education for Life English Producer: Ama Ltd.

Awards not given[edit]

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2]

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