6th National Film Awards

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6th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1958
Awarded by President of India
(Dr. Rajendra Prasad)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on April 28, 1959 (1959-04-28)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Sagar Sangamey
Most awards Jalsaghar, Sagar Sangamey and School Master (2)
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The 6th 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 1958.[1] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 28 April 1959 and awards were given by then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

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 the 6th National Film Awards, in this category, two Bengali films Sagar Sangamey and Jalsaghar along with a Kannada film School Master won maximum number of awards (two), with Sagar Sangamey also winning the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. Following were the awards given:[1]

All India Award[edit]

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

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film Sagar Sangamey Bengali Producer: De Luxe Film Distributors Gold Medal and INR20,000
Director: Debaki Bose INR5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Jalsaghar Bengali Producer: Satyajit Ray Certificate of Merit and INR10,000
Director: Satyajit Ray INR2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature film School Master Kannada Producer and Director: B. R. Panthulu Certificate of Merit only
All India Certificate of Merit for Best Children's Film Virsa and the Magic Doll English Producer: Little Cinema Pvt Ltd.
Director: Santi P. Chowdhury
Certificate of Merit only

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For 6th National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given in Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil language; instead Certificate of Merit was awarded in each particular language.[1]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s)
Feature Films in Assamese
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Ronga Police Producer: Kanak Ch. Sharma
Director: Nip Barua
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Bengali Sagar Sangamey Producer: De Luxe Film Distributors Ltd.
Director: Debaki Bose
Certificate of Merit Jalsaghar Producer and Director: Satyajit Ray
Daak Harkara Producer: Agragami Productions
Director: Agragami
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Madhumati Producer and Director: Bimal Roy
Certificate of Merit Lajwanti Producer: Mohan Segal
Director: Narendra Suri
Karigar Producer and Director: Vasant Joglekar
Feature Films in Kannada
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film School Master Producer and Director: B. R. Panthalu
Feature Films in Malayalam
Certificate of Merit Nairu Pidicha Pulivalu Producer: T. E. Vasudevan
Director: P. Bhaskaran
Randidangazhi Producer: Neela Productions
Director: P. Subramaniam
Feature Films in Marathi
Certificate of Merit Dhakti Jaoo Producer: Sarvashri Wamanrao Kulkarni and Vishnupant Chavan
Director: Anant Mane
Feature Films in Tamil
Certificate of Merit Thanga Padhumai Producer: Jupitor Pictures Pvt Ltd.
Director: A. S. A. Samy
Annaiyin Aanai Producer: A. M. M. Ismayil
Director: C. H. Narayana Moorthy
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Pelli Naati Pramanalu Producer: Jayanthi Pictures Pvt Ltd.
Director: Kadri Venkata Reddy
Certificate of Merit Mangalya Balam Producer: Annapoorna Pictures
Director: Adurthi Subba Rao

Non-Feature films[edit]

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

Documentaries[edit]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film Radha Krishna English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and INR4,000
Director: J. S. Bhownagary INR1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary Film The Story of Dr. Karve English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit and INR2,000
Director: Neil Gokhale and Ram Gabale INR500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary Film Call of the Mountains Hindi Producer: Films Division
Director: A. K. Chaudhuri
Certificate of Merit only

Awards not given[edit]

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

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