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Renowned Film Director & Actor Shri KasinadhuniViswanath to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2016

Renowned Film Director & Actor Shri KasinadhuniViswanath to be conferred DadasahebPhalke Award for the year 2016
I&B Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu approves recommendation of DSPA Committee

Renowned Film Director & Actor Shri KasinadhuniViswanath is to be conferred the 48thDadasahebPhalke Award for the year 2016. I&B Minister Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today approved the recommendation of the DadasahebPhalke Award committee.  The Award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs and a shawl. The Award shall be conferred by the President of Indiaat a function on May 3rd2017 at Vigyan Bhawan.  A presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, Shri K Viswanath has been a guiding force in the Indian film industry. As a director he has made fifty films since 1965 known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity. His films on wide range of social & human issues had great appeal to the masses.Shri K Viswanath was born in February 1930 at Gudivadain Andhra Pradesh. An ardent art lover, he made a series of films based on varied themes of art, music and dance. His films empathized with courage and frailty, aspirations and convictions, perseverance and distractions, social demands and individual struggle and at the core believed in the goodness of the human spirit.  His contributions have received recognition in the form of Padmashri Award in 1992 by the Government of India for his contribution to film making. He has also been awarded 5 National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards (awarded by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh), 10Filmfare Awards including Lifetime Achievement Award. His national award winning SwathiMuthyam was the India’s official entry to the 59th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category.  The stories that Shri K Viswanath told through his films were seemingly simple. They provide an uncomplicated, direct and pleasant cinematic enjoyment to the audience. At the same time they lend themselves to a nuanced and layered interpretation leading many to watch them again and again and come back with a new hitherto unseen aspect or a deeper understanding and realization.One of his most memorable films, Sirivennelawas a sensitive story of a blind flutist and a mute painter who fall in love with each other, over the love of music and their individual setbacks. It helped in changing the viewers’ perception of disability, to a large extent.  The musical compositions of this film are still fresh and soothing to the ears.His film, Sankarabharanam, is one of India’s most memorable classics, which was appreciated across the world. A remarkable feature of his films is that all of them remain wholesome family entertainers. They have a fair share of humor, sentiments and contain scenic beauty, good music, powerful and realistic characters and most importantly concrete story lines.

Filmography As director

Year Film Language Credits
1957 Todi Kodallu Telugu Sound department
1959 Banda Ramudu Telugu Sound department
1961 Iddaru Mitrulu Telugu Assistant Director
1963 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Telugu Screenplay, writer
1964 Mooga Manasulu Telugu Assistant director
1964 Doctor Chakravarthy Telugu Assistant director
1965 Aatma Gowravam Telugu Director
1967 Private Master Telugu Director
Sudigundalu Telugu Writer
1968 Kalisochchina Adrushtam Telugu Director
Undamma Bottu Pedata Telugu Director
1969 Nindu Hrudayalu Telugu Director
1971 Chelleli Kapuram Telugu Director
Chinnanaati Snehithulu Telugu Director
Nindu Dampatulu Telugu Director
1972 Kalam Marindi Telugu Story, screenplay writer and director
1973 Neramu Siksha Telugu Screenplay, writer and director
Sarada Telugu Director
1974 Amma Manasu Telugu Story, screenplay writer and director
O Seeta Katha Telugu Director
1975 Chinna Nati Kalalu Telugu Director
Jeevana Jyothi Telugu Director
1976 Mangalyaniki Maromudi Telugu Screenplay, writer and director
Siri Siri Muvva Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
Prema Bandham Telugu Director
1977 Chilanka Telugu Director
Jeevita Nouka Telugu Director
1978 Kaalanthakulu Telugu Director
Seetamalakshmi Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1979 President Peramma Telugu Director
Sankarabharanam Telugu Story writer and director
Sargam Hindi Director
1980 Alludu Pattina Bharatam Telugu Director
Subhodayam Telugu Story-writer and director
1981 Saptapadi Telugu Story, screenplay writer and director
1982 Kaamchor Hindi Director
Subhalekha Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1983 Saagara Sangamam Telugu Story-writer and director
Shubh Kaamna Hindi Director
1984 Janani Janmabhoomi Telugu Story, screenplay writer and director
1985 Jaag Utha Insan Hindi Director
Sanjog Hindi Director
Sur Sangam Hindi Director
Swati Mutyam Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1986 Sirivennela Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1987 Shrutilayalu Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
Swayamkrushi Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1988 Sangeeta Sangamam Malayalam Director
Swarna Kamalam Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1989 Eeshwar Hindi Story, screenplay, writer and director
Sutradharulu Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1992 Aapadbandhavudu Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
Sangeet Hindi Director
Swati Kiranam Telugu Story, screenplay, writer and director
1993 Dhanwaan Hindi Director
1995 Subha Sankalpam Telugu Director and Actor
1996 Aurat Aurat Aurat Hindi Director
1997 Chinnabbayi Telugu Director
2004 Swarabhishekam Telugu Actor, story, screenplay writer and director
2010 Subhapradam Telugu Director

Awards

Civilian honor
Honorary doctorate
International honor
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards

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