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Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners - 2006 to 2010

Updated on March 15, 2015

Presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by Government of India, Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema. This is a list of winners between 2006 and 2010. Being such a prestigious award, every winner is an architect of Indian cinema.

This is named after the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke who made the first Indian cinema in 1913.

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Awarded for, "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema"

2006 - Tapan Sinha (2 Oct 1924 – 15 Jan 2009)

Tapan Sinha
Tapan Sinha

Forming the legendary quartet with Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha was one of the most important Indian directors who predominantly made Bengali films. With his background as a sound engineer and his experience being a Manager of Pinewood Studios in London, he is one of most uncompromising filmmakers.

Film-maker Sinha debuted as a director in 1954 and made more than 40 feature films in the Bengali, Hindi and Oriya languages. Most of the films addressed problems faced by ordinary people.

Films that won him National award

  • Kabuliwala (1956) - Best Feature Film
  • Louha-Kapat (1957) - Best Feature Film in Bengali
  • Kshudhita Pashan (1960) - Second Best Feature Film
  • Atithi (1965) - Second Best Feature Film
  • Hatey Bazarey (1967) - Best Feature Film
  • Apanjan (1968) - Best Feature Film in Bengali
  • Ekhonee (1971) - Best Screenplay
  • Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990) - Best Direction
  • Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990) - Second Best Feature Film


  • 10 National awards
  • 13 International film festival awards

2007 - Manna Dey (1 May 1919 − 24 Oct 2013)

Manna Dey
Manna Dey

Born as Prabodh Chandra Dey, Dey sang over 4000 songs in a career spanning over five decades. He is known for "pioneering a new genre by infusing Indian classical music in a pop framework".

Films that won him National awards

  • Mere Huzoor (1968)
  • Mera Naam Joker (1972)

Government awards

  • 1971 Padma Shri Award by Government of India
  • 2005 Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India
  • 1985 Lata Mangeshkar Award awarded by Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • 2003 Alauddin Khan Award by the Government of West Bengal
  • 2004 National Award as Playback singer by Government of Kerala
  • 2005 Lifetime Achievement award by the Government of Maharashtra
  • 2007 First Akshaya Mohanty Award by Government of Orissa
  • 2013 Conferred with 'Sangeet Maha Samman' by Government of West Bengal.

2008 - V.K.Murthy (26 Nov 1923 – 7 Apr 2014)


Once a violinist and jailed freedom fighter, V.K.Murthy is the cinematographer of India's some of the iconic images and he is regular cameraman for the renowned director Guru Dutt. He is also the cinematographer of India's first cinemascope film, Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). He is best remembered for his lighting techniques in Pyaasa especially the "beam shot" from which is considered a classic in celluloid history.


  • Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) - Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award
  • Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) - Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award
  • IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award - Amsterdam, 2005.

2009 - D. Ramanaidu (6 Jun 1936 – 18 Feb 2015)

Guinness book of World Records holder for most films produced by an individual, D.Rama Naidu is the founder of Suresh Productions. In a career spanning over 50 years, he produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian languages.


  • Padmabhushan (2012) - Government of India
  • Honorary doctorate from SV University
  • Raghupathi Venkaiah Award (2006)
  • Asukh (1999) - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali
  • 3 Filmfare awards
  • 3 State awards

2010 - K. Balachander (9 Jul 1930 – 23 Dec 2014)

The most renowned Tamil film director, also called Iyakkunar Sigaram (literally The Director who scaled the peak) has been a great influence on Indian cinema. More on K.B here,


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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      Very well written. What a prestigious award. I was especially intrigued to read about all of these extremely talented artists.


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