9th National Film Awards

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9th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1961
Awarded by Vice-President of India
(Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on April 21, 1962 (1962-04-21)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Bhagini Nivedita
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The 9th 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 1961.[1] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 21 April 1962 and awards were given by then Vice-President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

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 9th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Bhagini Nivedita 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 Bhagini Nivedita Bengali Producer: Aurora Film Corporation Gold Medal and INR20,000
Director: Bijoy Bose INR5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Pava Mannippu Tamil Producer: Buddha Pictures Certificate of Merit and INR10,000
Director: A. Bhimsingh INR2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Prapanch Marathi Producer: Indian National Pictures
Director: Madhukar Pathak
Certificate of Merit only
Prime Minister's Gold Medal for the Best Children's Film Hattogol Vijay Hindi Producer: Hari S. Dasgupta Productions Gold Medal and INR20,000
Director: Buju Das Gupta and Raghunath Goswami INR5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Children's Film Savitri Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society Certificate of Merit and INR10,000
Director: Phani Majumdar INR2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Children's Film Nanhe Munne Sitare Hindi Producer and Director: Ajay Kumar Chakravarty Certificate of Merit only

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For 9th National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given in Gujarati, Kannada and Oriya 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 Shakuntala Producer: Kamrup Chitra
Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Samapti Producer and Director: Satyajit Ray
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Saptapadi Producer: Uttam Kumar
Director: Ajoy Kar
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film Punascha Producer and Director: Mrinal Sen
Feature Films in Gujarati
Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film Nandanvan Producer: Shrikumar V. Gaglani
Director: Ganpatrao Brahmbhatt
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Dharmputra Producer: B. R. Chopra
Director: Yash Chopra
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Gunga Jumna Producer: Dilip Kumar
Director: Nitin Bose
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film Pyaar Ki Pyaas Producer: Anupam Chitra
Director: Mahesh Kaul
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film Kittur Chennamma Producer: Padmini Pictures
Director: B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu
Feature Films in Malayalam
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Mudiyanaya Puthran Producer: Chandrathara Productions
Director: Ramu Kariat
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Kandam Becha Kottu Producer: Modern Theatres
Director: T. R. Sundaram
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film Sabarimala Sri Ayyappan Producer: K. Kuppuswamy
Director: S. M. Sriramulu Naidu
Feature Films in Marathi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Manini Producer: Kala Chitra
Director: Anant Mane
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Vaijayanta Producer: Rekha Films
Director: Gajanan Jagirdar
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film Manasala Pankh Astat Producer and Director: Madhav Shinde
Feature Films in Oriya
Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film Nua Bou Producer: Ram Krishna Tripathy
Director: Prabhat Mukherjee
Feature Films in Tamil
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Kappalottiya Thamizhan Producer: Padmini Pictures
Director: B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu
Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Pasamalar Producer: Rajamani Pictures
Director: A. Bhimsingh
Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature Film Kumudam Producer: Modern Theatres
Director: Adurthi Subba Rao
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Bharya Bharthalu Producer: Prasad Art Pictures Pvt Ltd.
Director: K. Pratyagatma

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 Rabindranath Tagore
(Longer Version)
English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and INR4,000
Director: Satyajit Ray INR1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary Film Our Feathered Friends English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit and INR2,000
Director: Gopal Datt INR500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary Film Romance of the Indian Coin English Producer: Films Division
Director: G. H. Saraiya
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 Citrus Cultivation English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and INR4,000
Director: Krishna Kapil INR1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational Film Coir Worker English Producer and Director: F. R. Bilimoria Certificate of Merit only
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Educational Film Ahvan Hindi Producer and Director: Dhruva Kumar Pandya 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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