New Delhi: Vice President M Hamid Ansari will bestow the prestigious 59th National Film Awards to winners here on May 3. Officials of the Information and Broadcasting ministry said that while national awards are traditionally given by the President every year but this year will see an exception since President Pratibha Patil is currently on a foreign visit.
Vice President has been requested by the ministry to give awards to the winners and the request has been accepted by him, officials said.
The date, May 3, has been finalized as the day for the National Awards as it marks the release day of the iconic movie 'Raja Harishchandra'.
The day also marks the beginning of the hundredth year of Hindi Cinema....more
12:44 PM, Apr 30, 2012