Dada Saheb Phalke Award For Viswanath
New Delhi: Ace film director K Viswanath of ‘Sankarabhranam’ fame has been selected for Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2016. He will receive the award from President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3rd.
Viswanath who has the title ‘Kalatapaswi’ is known for making legendary movies based on music, culture and tradition. He was awarded Padma Shri. He received Filmfare award for the best director. He worked for Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films.
Kasinathuni Viswanath was born on 19 February 1930 at a small village near Repalle in Guntur district. He started his career in film industry as a sound engineer. Then he took to direction in which he distinguished himself. Later he became an actor. Besides the magnum opus Sankarabharanam, ‘Sagara Sangamam’ was a classic in Telugu. Saptapadi was another musical hit from him.
His Hindi films include Sargam, Kaamchor, Jag Utah Insaan and Eeshwar.