Farewell to a Cinematic Legend: K Viswanath, 92, Honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Dies
Renowned director and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Kasinadhuni Viswanath passed away at 92 on Thursday (February 2) in Hyderabad’s private hospital. Celebrities mourned his death. The five-time national award winner was suffering from age-related ailments.
Indian film director
- Born: 19 February 1930, Repalle
- Died: 2 February 2023
- Spouse: Jaya Lakshmi
- Children: Padmavathi Viswanath, Nagendranath Viswanath, Ravindranath Viswanath
- Parents: Kasinadhuni Subrahmanyam, Kasinadhuni Saraswatamma
- Awards: Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Shri, MORE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter for the renowned filmmaker. He referred to K Viswanath as a stalwart of the film world and acknowledged his immense contribution to the industry. The filmmaker’s mortal remains have been kept at his residence in Hyderabad.
Saddened by the passing away of Shri K. Viswanath Garu. He was a stalwart of the cinema world, distinguishing himself as a creative and multifaceted director. His films covered various genres and enthralled audiences for decades. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 3, 2023
Vishwanath was born on 19 February 1930 in the Guntur district. He started his innings as a film director in 1965 with the film Atma Gouravam. He directed more than 50 films in his career. Apart from directing, K Viswanath also ventured into acting. He was seen in Kuruthipunal, Pandurangudu, Narasimha Naidu, Bagavathi, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Seema Simham, among others.
He became the 48th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema. He was honored with the award for the year 2016.
Viswanath is widely regarded as one of the finest film directors in the Telugu film industry, and he is known for his unique style of filmmaking and storytelling.
K. Viswanath: Awards list
National Film Awards
- 2017 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in cinema.
- 1980 – National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – Sankarabharanam
- 1982 – Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration – Saptapadi
- 1987 – Best Feature Film in Telugu – Swathi Muthyam
- 1990 – Best Feature Film in Telugu – Sutradharulu
- 2005 – Best Feature Film in Telugu – Swarabhishekam
- Padma Shri (1992), Government of India
- 1981 – Prize of the Public at the Besançon Film Festival of France
- 1982–87 – Special Mention – Moscow International Film Festival
- 2014 – Gulf Andhra Award for Life Time Achievement in Cinema – U.A.E.
What are the top 10 movies directed by K Vishwanath?
- Swathi Muthyam (1986)
- Sankarabharanam (1980)
- Subhalekha (1982)
- Sargam (1992)
- Sagara Sangamam (1983)
- Sankeertana (1981)
- Sirivennela (1986)
- Shankharavam (1987)
- Swathi Kiranam (1992)
- Saptapadi (1981)
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