A choronology of indian cinema (1906 - 1915)

 

1907

J.F. Madan opens the Elphinstone Picture Palace in Calcutta, the first of his cinema chain. Pathe establishes office in India.

1908

Abdulallay Esoofally, a South Asian and Singaporean traveling showman starts exhibiting in India.

1910

Dadasaheb Phalke attends a screening of The Life of Christ at P.B. Mehta's American - Indian Cinema and decides to become a filmmaker himself.

1911

Anandi Bose, Debi Bose and others start the Aurora Cinema Co. showing films in tents as part of a variety bill. The Coronation Durbar of King George V held in Delhi is filmed by several Indians. (S.N. Patankar, Hiralal Sen, Madan Theatres)

1912

Two amateurs N.G. Chitre and R.G. Torney attempt a narrative film, about 1500 feet long, of a play - Pundalik.

1913

Phalke's Raja Harishchandra, 3700 feet long, opens on 21st April to a select audience and opens commercially on 3rd May in Bombay's Coronation Cinematograph.

1914

Phalke shows his first three features - Raja Harishchandra, Mohini Bhasmasur and Satyavan Savitri in London. R. Venkiah and R.S. Prakash build Madras' first permanent cinema, The Gaiety.

1915

First South Indian feature - R. Nataraja Mudaliar's Gopal Krishna.

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