K Viswanath

Actor, Director, Screenplay, Story Writer, Dialogue Writer
Raghupathi Venkaiah Award-1992, 1980-National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment -Sankarabharanam, 1982-Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration-Saptapadi, 1984-National Film Award for Best Feature Fi
Padmashri Award
K Viswanath
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Real/Other Names:: Kasinadhuni Viswanath, Kasi Viswanath
Date of Birth:: February 19, 1930(Age-80)
Place of Birth:: Peddapulivarru, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India

Family and Relations

Father: K. Subrahmanyam
Mother: Saraswatamma
Spouse: Jayalakshmi
Son(s): Kasinadhuni Nagendranath ,Kasinadhuni Ravindranath
Daughter: Kasinadhuni Padmavathi Devi
Grandson:Naren and Pranav(sons of Sri.Kasinadhuni Nagendranath and Smt.Kasinadhuni Durgavaralakshmi)
GrandDaughter: (I)Hema and Swarna (good singing daughters of Smt Padmavathi Devi and Sri V.Pramod Kumar(Wartsila) (II)Sivani & Krishna Gayatri(daughters of Sri.Kasinadhuni Ravindranath and Smt.Kasinadhuni Gouri Mohini)

Mini Biography


Viswanath began his career as a technician in a studio at Chennai and later assisted Mr. Adurti Subba Rao in direction.He also worked as an assistant to director Ramnoth.He also wished to work as an assistant to K. Balachander and Bapu.He debuted as a director with Aatma Gowravam, which starred Akkineni Nageswara Rao. However, his full prowess in film-making flowered with a subsequent film called Siri Siri Muvva.
His films used to tackle the relevance and influence of Indian music/culture/art in the modern era. Films in this mould include Sankarabharanam('Lord Shankara (shiva)'s Ornament'). He made a series of suchclassical oriented movies all showcasing the bliss in Indian art forms.The list includes Saagara Sangamam ('A Tryst With Infinity'), Sruthi Layalu, Sirivennela ('Golden Moonlight'), Swarnakamalam ('Golden Lotus'), and Swathi Kiranam ('A Ray of Talent').
Vishwanath also made significant contributions on the social front with films like Saptapadi ('The seven Steps', signifying the sanctity of the Hindu marriage system), Swathi Muthyam ('Pure Pearl'), Swayam Krushi ("Attitude Towards Work" conveying the message that dilligence and dedication is indispensable in achieving success), Subhodayam ('Good Morning'), Subhalekha ('Wedding Invitation' a critique of the dowry system), Aapadhbhaandhavudu ('Savior'), and Subha Sankalpam ('Good Will').
Swathi Muthyam was India's official entry to the Oscars in 1986. Viswanath was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contributions to Indian film.
His films mirror the erosion of cherished values of Indian cultureyet he remains critical of those morals that make one stand against hisfellow human. For example, in his movie Saptapadi, Vishwanathbrilliantly addresses certain loopholes in an inadmissible culturalsystem like intercaste marriage. A temple chief-priest gets hisdaughters daughter married to his sons son unaware that she ismusically fused to a flutist who is a Dalit(one of a lower caste, but of a higher humanness.) Later, as the priestsees the marriage falling apart, he comes to know the heroineserstwhile bonding. It takes the priest intense introspection to realisehow nasty it is to look down upon a fellow human because of gettingimprisoned in caste. He could now anchor his judgment of someone in thecontent of character rather than caste. Across numerous other films,Vishwanath has reechoed similar social concerns that still resonate inthe audiences minds.
The music for his films was composed by K. V. Mahadevan and Ilaiyaraaja. Viswanath has also worked with artists like Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kelucharan Mohapatra and Sharon Loven for some of his films.

Films with social issues:
Vishwanath has made many films dealing with a wide range of human and social issues: Saptapadi, Sirivennela, Sutradharulu', Shubhalekha, Shrutilayalu, Shubhasankalpam, Aapadbandhavudu, Swayam krushi, and Swarnakamalam have lead characters representing different strata of society, meticulously etched to suit the larger picture.

In Saptapadi, he decries the evils of untouchability and the caste system. In Shubhodayam and Swayam Krishi he emphasizes the dignity and respectability of manual labor. In Shubhalekha, he deals, in a humorous way, with the dowry system — one of the major evils in today's society. While Sutradharulu urges present-day society to recognize the need to adopt the ideals of non-violence, Swati Kiranam depicts the harm that can be caused by the baser instincts of envy and anger in a man, however accomplished he may be.

In spite of the nature of these subjects, they are presented in a subtle manner with an imaginative story line, with just the right amount of emphasis on the intended message. Yet Vishwanath's films were never offbeat cinema but wholesome entertainers those elevated the lead actors' image. He is a director with social-conscious mind and who believes cinema can bring out desirable changes in society if presented in a format liked by a cross section of audience.

Association with Poornodaya Creations:
Poornodaya Creations contributed to K. Vishwanath's dreams of making meaningful films. Sri. A NageswaraRao firmly stood behind and encouraged K. Vishwanath to make films with Telugu nativity that have real characters with whom audiences can associate with.

Poornodaya produced some of not just the commercial hits but milestone films of Vishwanath's directional ventures thereby richly contributing to Tollywood like Sankarabharanam, Swatimutyam, Saagarasangamam, Sutradharulu, Aapadbandhavudu. So we fondly remember Telugu films not just for formula ones with typical stereotype song-dance-fight.

Mainstream acting:
Vishwanath ventured into mainstream acting. His first movie as an actor was Shubha Sankalpam. Later on he did many movies such as Swarabhishekam which he himself directed and acted and other movies like Pandurangadu, Tagore, Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule and Tamil films like Kuruthipunal, Kakkai Chiraginile, Mugavari, Bhagavathy, Pudiya Geethai, Yaradi Nee Mohini, and Rajapattai. He is playing a role in Siva Narayna Teertha in TTD's Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel (SVBC).


National Film Awards:

1980 - National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Shankarabharanam
1982 - Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for Saptapadi
1987 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for Swati Mutyam
1990 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for Sutradharulu
2005 - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for Swarabhishekam

Nandi Awards:

1992: Raghupathi Venkaiah Award - Lifetime achievement
1987: Nandi Award for Best Director for Shrutilayalu

Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (director):

1992: Aapadbandhavudu
1988: Swarna Kamalam
1987: Shruti Layalu
1986: Swati Mutyam
1983: Sagara Sangamam
1979: Shankarabharanam
1975: Jeevana Jyoti
1974: O Seeta Katha
1973: Sharada
1972: Kalam Marindi
1971: Chelleli Kapuram
1965: Aatma Gowravam

Filmfare Awards:

1989: Filmfare Best Story Award for Eeshwar

Filmfare Awards South:

K. Vishwanath is a eleven-time winner of Filmfare Awards South.

1974: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for O Seeta Katha
1975: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for Jeevana Jyoti
1982: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for Shubhalekha
1983: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for Saagara Sangamam
1986: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for Swati Mutyam
1987: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for Swayam Krushi
1992: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for Aapadbandhavudu
1994: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South)
1995: Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu) for Shubha Sankalpam

CineMAA Awards:

CineMAA Award for Life Time Contribution


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