Renowned Film Director & Actor Shri Kasinadhuni Viswanath is to be conferred the 48th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2016. I&B Minister Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today approved the recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award committee. The Award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs and a shawl. The Award shall be conferred by the President of India at a function on May 3rd 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan.
A presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, Shri K Viswanath has been known as a guiding force in the Indian film industry. As a director he has made fifty films since 1965 which are known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity. His films on wide range of social & human issues had great appeal to the masses.
The renowned filmmaker has also been awarded 5 National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards (awarded by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh), 10 Filmfare Awards including Lifetime Achievement Award. His national award winning Swathi Muthyam was the India’s official entry to the 59th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category.