Kasinadhuni Viswanath, a renowned director and recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, passed away at 92 years old on Thursday night at midnight. At a luxury hospital nearby, he drew his final breath. According to the news agency PTI, the director had been experiencing health problems for a while and was also experiencing age-related problems.
In Hyderabad, legendary filmmaker Kalatapasvi K Viswanath receives a farewell homage from former vice president M Venkaiah Naidu, film director SS Rajamouli, music director MM Keeravani, actor Chiranjeevi, and other movie stars.
According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office, K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, sent his condolences on Viswanath’s passing. Viswanath was a unique, eminent filmmaker who took an average plot and transformed it into a timeless classic.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his sorrow at the filmmaker’s passing in a tweet.
“Vishwanath is a reflection of Indian arts and Telugu culture. His films have given the Telugu cinema industry respect that is unmatched. As an artist, he will always hold a special place in Telugu people’s hearts, he declared.
Know more about filmmaker K Viswanath
Viswanath, also referred to as “Kalatapasvi,” was born in Andhra Pradesh in February of 1930. He received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, becoming the 48th recipient. He was a well-known name not just in Telugu but also in Tamil and Hindi films. He received the distinction for the 2016 calendar year.
In a long career that included an equally successful period in front of the camera, Viswanath, who began his career as a sound artist, directed films that won awards such as “Sankarabharanam,” “Sagara Sangamam,” “Swati Mutyam,” “Saptapadi,” “Kaamchor,” “Sanjog,” and “Jaag Utha Insaan.”
The Andhra Pradesh government presented him with 20 Nandi Awards, the Padma Shri in 1992, five National Awards, and 10 Filmfare trophies, including the Lifetime Achievement medal.
In the Telugu cinema industry, Viswanath, a prominent director, produced 50 films since 1965. Additionally, he had a film career in Tamil and Hindi.
With “Aatma Gowravam,” which featured Akkineni Nageswara Rao and won the Nandi Award for best feature film, he made his directorial debut.
Following it, the director released “Chelleli Kapuram,” “O Seeta Katha,” “Jeevana Jyoti,” and “Sarada.”
In addition to performing in major films, Viswanath also directed some of them, including “Swarabhishekam,” “Pandurangadu,” “Narasimha Naidu,” “Lakshmi Narasimha” and “Seemasimham,” “Kuruthipunal,” “Kakkai Siraginilae,” and “Bagavathi.”