PadamshriKasinadhuniVishvanath, celebrated filmmaker and actor was honoured with the highest award in Indian Cinema ,”Dada sahebPhalke” Award for the year 2016 by the Hon’blePresident of India, Pranav Mukherjee in the glittering ceremony held at VigyanBhawan ,New Delhi on 3rd May, 2017 amongst thundering applaud and standing ovation.

To honour the Father of Indian Cinema, DhundirajGovindPhalke, the National Film Awards named the most prestigious and coveted award of Indian Cinema after him. He is the man who made the first Indian Feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913. Popularly known as DadasahebPhalke, he then went on to make 95 films and 26 short films in a span of 19 years. The DadasahebPhalke Award was introduced in 1969 by the government to recognize the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian Cinema. The first recipient of this award was Devika Rani. K. Vishvanath is the 48th recipient of Dada SahebPhalkeAward, last being Manoj Kumar. DadasahebPhalke Award is given to a film personality for his/her outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award comprises of a Swarna Kamal, a cash Prize of Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs), Scroll and a shawl.

The Jury for the Dada SahebPhalke Award consisted of very prominent film personalities like , Manoj Kumar, an award winning Indian actor and director in Bollywood, Asha Bhosle, one of the legends of Indian music, T.S Nagabharana, Indian film director in Kannada film industry and a pioneer of parallel Cinema, Kamal Hassan, Indian film actor, screenwriter, director , producer, playback singer and lyricist and S.P Balasubramanyam , an Indian film playback singer, actor, music director, voice actor and film producer .The name of S.P Balasubramanyam has been recorded in the GUINNESS World Record for recording the highest number of songs. The award was announced by the Hon’ble Minister of Information and Broadcasting, M. Venkaiah Naidu, on 24th April 2017.

It is no small achievement for someone who started his career as sound designer , to be honoured with five National Film awards, twenty nine Nandi awards and an honorary doctorate (PottiSriamuluTelgu University) .He has been a presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, . In his own words, “Music is the soul of any film and is crucial creating the emotional grounding for the movie to play out. My films are largely based on dance and music, so I took utmost care when it came to the music.” He was awarded Padam Shri by the Govt. of India in 1992 for his outstanding contribution to film making. He also has the distinction of being the first director to take Telgu Cinema to the international audience.

His film” Shankarabharanam”, is one of India’s most memorable classics appreciated across the world. His films have a fair share of humour, sentiments, and contain scenic beauty, good music, powerful and realistic characters. His National Award winning film, SwathyMuthyam was also the first Telgu film to be sent to India’s official entry to the 59th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. Viswanath made 50 films since 1965, revolving around social themes. “I believe cinema is a medium for entertainment. At the same time, I believe it can be leveraged to further social awareness and bring positive change. It is this belief that prompted my selection of themes and treatment of my stories.” He also went on to earn the title,” Kala Tapasvi’,” Devotee of Art “in Telgu Cinema.

Viswanath told media, “I am extremely delighted I could never have expected such a great honour to come my way This is a real surprise for me.”

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