Durga Khote

I have the honour to present to you Srimati Durga Khote, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Film Acting for the year 1958. Born in 1905, Shrimati Durga Khote graduated from Bombay and is one of the first educated women to enter the films. A Radio Star of repute, she has travelled widely in Europe, Asia and Far East. She was a member of the first Indian Film Delegation to U.S.S.R. and to the People's Republic of China on behalf of the Indian Women's Federation. She is keenly interested in producing documentary films and has directed films very successfully. She has worked in almost all the prominent film-concerns and under eminent directors of the country. She is keenly interested in classical music. Shrimati Durga Khote has maintained a film career without break for over two decades, and is held in high esteem by the industry and public. She is generally referred to as the first lady of the Indian Screen. For her pre-eminence as a film actress and her life long service and devotion to the cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant her recognition as Actress of the year, and to award to her a brocade Angvastram, a lotus embossed leaf in gold, and a Sanad in token of that recognition.