8th National Film Awards

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8th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1960
Awarded by Vice-President of India
(Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on 31 March 1961 (1961-03-31)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Anuradha
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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.

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]

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 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 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 Anuradha Hindi Producer: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Gold Medal and INR20,000
director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee INR5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Kshudhita Pashan Bengali Producer: Hemen Ganguly Certificate of Merit and INR10,000
Director: Tapan Sinha INR2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Deivapiravi Tamil Producer: Kamal Brothers Pvt Ltd
Director: R. Krishnan and S. Panju
Certificate of Merit only
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Children's Film Phool Aur Kaliyan Hindi Producer: Rajkamal Kalamandir Gold Medal and INR20,000
Director: Ram Gabale INR5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Children's Film Idd Mubarak Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society Certificate of Merit and INR10,000
Director: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas INR2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Children's Film Delhi Ki Kahani Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Rajendra Kumar
Certificate of Merit only

Regional Award[edit]

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 Oriya 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]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s)
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Devi Producer and Director: Satyajit Ray
Certificate of Merit Ganga Producer: Cine Art Production Pvt Ltd.
Director: Rajen Tarafdar
Feature Films in Gujarati
Certificate of Merit Mendi Rang Lagyo Producer: Bipin Gajjar
Director: Manhar Raskapur
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Mughal-e-Azam Producer and Director: K. Asif
Certificate of Merit Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai Producer: Ranbir Raj Kapoor
Director: Radhu Karmakar
Kanoon Producer and Director: B. R. Chopra
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit Bhakta Kanakadasa Producer: D. R. Naidu
Director: Y. R. Swami
Feature Films in Marathi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Kanyadan Producer: Surel Chitra
Director: Madhav Shinde
Certificate of Merit Umaj Padel Tar Producer: Narayan Baburao Kamat
Director: Dinkar D. Patil
Feature Films in Oriya
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Sri Lokenath Producer: Rupa Raga Pvt Ltd.
Director: Prafulla Kumar Sengupta
Feature Films in Tamil
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Parthiban Kanavu Producer: Jubilee Films Pvt Ltd.
Director: Dasari Yoganand
Certificate of Merit Paathai Theriyuthu Paar Producer: Kumari Films Pvt Ltd.
Director: Nemai Ghosh
Kalathur Kannamma Producer: AVM Productions
Director: A. Bhimsingh
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Mahakavi Kalidasu Producer: Sarani Productions
Director: K. Kameshwara Rao
Certificate of Merit Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam Producer: N. A. T. Pvt Ltd.
Director: N. Titivikrama Rao

Non-Feature films[edit]

Non-feature film awards were given for the documentaries and educational films 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 Kangra and Kulu English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and INR4,000
Director: N. S. Thapu INR1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary Film Saga of Service English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit and INR2,000
Director: Dilip Jamdar INR500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary Film The Weavers English Producer: Films Division
Director: F. R. Bilimoria
Certificate of Merit only

Educational films[edit]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Educational Film Pond Culture English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and INR4,000
Director: N. K. Issar INR1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational Film Cotton English Producer: Films Division
Director: Krishna Kapil
Certificate of Merit only
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Educational Film Wheat English Producer: Films Division
Director: Krishna Kapil
Certificate of Merit only

Awards not given[edit]

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

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