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National Film Archive of India

The National Film Archive of India (NFAI), established in 1964, is today recognised as the major film archive in the Asian region.

National Film Archive of India

Ideally situated, Pune was selected as the home of the National Film Archives of India. Located on Law College Road, in the Jayakar Bungalow of the Right Honorable Mukund Ramrao Jaykar, the first Vice Chancellor of Pune, popularly known as M.R. Jayakar during the freedom struggle .

The exquisitely designed bungalow with wooden flooring, a narrow wooden staircase, typical of British architecture and massive bookshelves that stretch on almost to the roof, which he built opposite the Bhandarkar Institute also became instrumental in the Bhandarkar Institute becoming the birth place of Pune University. National Film Archive of India

The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is in Pune. It contains the collection of Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896–1990), dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja, who died early. The three storey building houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century.

The exquisitely designed bungalow with wooden flooring, a narrow wooden staircase, typical of British architecture and massive bookshelves that stretch on almost to the roof, which he built opposite the Bhandarkar Institute also became instrumental in the Bhandarkar Institute becoming the birth place of Pune University.

Today, NFAI has the largest film collection in Asia. Every year the Archives are making headway in the acquisition, preservation and exhibition of rare film material from all over the world to people from different walks of life.

National Film Archive of IndiaThanks to the NFAI, today, we know about Dada Sahib Phalke, a pioneer in the field of Indian movies. For most of his ninety seven films he wrote the stories and screenplays as well as directed, photographed, processed and edited himself. He was the master of trick photography in mythological films, Bhasmasur Mohini, Bhakta Prahlad, Setubandhan, Krishan Jamuna and so on. Through the NFAI we also know how the first reel of the first Indian feature film was salvaged from right under his bed, many years after the death of the father of Indian cinema. And how the man who brought cinema to India, ``One morning, February 16, 1944 on the banks of the Godavari quietly passed away, unmourned and unsung."

The House of Treasures, today has 10,304 films, 14,678 books related to the film world, 214 regular film periodicals, 14,264 film scripts, 5,658 pamphlets, 55,406 photographs, 5,131 wall posters, 1,752 disc records and 31 audio tapes in the form of cinema history through interviewing veterans on the evolution of the Indian film industry.

The NFAI has brought out monographs of eminent film makers like Sukhdev, Ritwik Ghatak, Damle and Fatela. A valuable reference guide for all feature films made in the country with cast, credits and brief synopsis was compiled by B.V. Dharap. Through the NFAI the works of great film makers like Dada Saheb Phalke, Debaki Bose, V. Shantaram, P.C. Barua, Mahboob Khan, Sohrab Modi, Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor, Mrinal Sen, Sukdev, S.S. Vasan and many more are easily accessible.

Among the foreign films the NFAI has acquired, films of D.W. Griffith, Carl Dryer, Sergei Eienstien, V.I. Pudovkin, Jean Luc Godard, Bergman, Roberto Rosselini, Alexander Dovzkenko, Fritz Lang, Robert Flaherty, Vittorio De Sica, Frederico Fellini, Kenji Mitzoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Bresson and many more.

Indian cinema had a wealth of talent in every sphere of film making, cast, crew and craft. The intelligensia of the country showed their creativity and aroused social awareness through this medium. The ultimate human figure became the landmark in their films for the audience. K.L. Saigal, Durga Khote, Chandra Mohan, Motilal, Devika Rani, Ashok Kumar, K.C. Dey, Shanta Apte, Sulochana, Keshav Rao Date, Vanamala, Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Pahari Sanyal, Prithvi Raj, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar and many of the present age portrayed this admirably.

Today, the NFAI has in its possession all these sepia memories. The House of Treasures' is not just a storage place of art material nor is it merely a museum. It is an active cultural centre Developments.

Source: www.virtualpune.com

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