Another prestigious moment for Tollywood. Veteran director Kasinathuni Viswanath has conferred with most prestigious award in Indian Cinema. Government of India announced this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award for overall contribution to cinema and that goes to none other than Tollywood’s Kala Tapaswi.
Born on 1930 to a Telugu Brahmin family with their roots in Pedapulivarru, a small village on the banks of River Krishna, he started his career as a technician in a film studio in Chennai. Later he worked as assistant director with great directors of that time such as Ramnoth, Adurthi Subba Rao. He started his career as an independent director in 1965 with Akkineni Nageswar Rao starrer “Atma Gauravam” which won the Nandi Award for best feature film in that year.
An award for the very first film boosted his confidence and he came out with many movies such as Sarada, O Seetha Katha etc. However it was “Siri Siri Muvva” which released in 1976 that brought out the now famous K. Viswanathan touch for the first time. His “Swathi Muthyam” was the first official entry from India for Academy Awards.
HIs movies “Sankarabharanam” and “Sagara Sangamam” found place in CNN-IBN’s list of hundred great Indian movies of all time. These films and another super hit from him,”Saptapadi” has won many national and international awards.
In his long career he has been awarded with Nandi Award for Best Director for four times and once he received Nandi Award for best character actor for his role in “Shubha Sankalpam” and Best Supporting actor award for “Kalisundam Raa”. In 1992 he received Raghupati Venkaiah Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He received many Filmfare Awards and National Awards too. Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University honoured him with a Honorary Doctorate and In 1992 Indian government honored him with Padma Shri Award. And now the greatest Indian Film Award is coming to this legendary film maker. Desipapd wishes him all success in future and also share the happy moments with pride.