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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2018. He will be conferred the prestigious film honour for his ‘outstanding contribution for the growth and development of Indian cinema’. The award comes in the year that marks Amitabh Bachchan’s golden jubilee (50 years) in cinema. The announcement in this regard was made by Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.
About Amitabh Bachchan
He made his debut in 1969 with film ‘Saat Hindustani’.
For past five decades he is one of the most influential figures in Indian cinema.
He has also been honoured with Padma Shri (1984), Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2015).
In 2007, the French Government conferred upon him with France’s highest civilian honour- ‘the Knight of the Legion of Honour’, for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.
He has also been conferred with 4 national awards and 15 filmfare trophies.
About Dadasaheb Phalke Award
It is country’s highest film honour. It was introduced by government in 1969.
The award was founded to commemorate ‘father of Indian cinema’, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke. He directed Raja Harischandra (1913), India’s first feature film.
In 2018, at 65th National Awards, Vinod Khanna was posthumously honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2017 for his priceless contribution to cinema.
First Recipient: Devika Rani, ‘the first lady of Indian cinema’.
Prize: Award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs.10 Lakh.
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At Kottal in Kerala, vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. He emphasized the importance of Ayurvedic medicine and Atharva Veda at the event.
About Vaidyaratnam P S Warrier
He was an Ayurvedic physician. He founded Kottakal Arya Vaidyasala in 1902 for manufacture and sale of Ayurvedic medicines in India. He also established a Ayurvedic Patasala in 1917 that is now operating as an Ayurveda college. The group now has 5 hospitals, 3 medicine factories, R&D centers, 200 acres of herbal gardens.
Arya Vaidya Sala
The Arya Vaidya Sala institutions are headquartered at Kottakkal, Malappuram district. It operates 5 hospitals and and a charitable center. It is currently treating 800,000 patients. It also assists in Ministry of AYUSH in providing training and advises. The Ayurvedic pills discovered by the center has revolutionized Ayurvedic medicines. The center owns herbal gardens, medicinal plant researches. It also works on researches with CSIR – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of Government of India.
Awards and recognitions
Government of India issued postage stamps in his honor. In 1933, he was conferred with the title “Vaidyaratna” in recognition of his services to humanity by the then Governor General of India.