Kasinathuni Viswanath is celebrating his birthday today. Viswanath was born on 19 Feb, 1930 to Sri Kasinathuni Subrahmanyam and Smt Kasinathuni Saraswathamma in a Telugu speaking Niyogi Brahmin family and hails from Peddapulivarru, near Repalle in Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a multiple winner of National Film Awards and Nandi Awards. Viswanath has directed Bollywood films like ‘Sargam, Kaamchor, Sanjog (1985 film), Sur Sangam, Shubh Kaamna, Jag Utha Insaan, Eeshwar, Sangeet and Dhanwaan’.
Viswanath has directed films like ‘Swathi Mutyam’ which was India’s official entry to the Oscars for 1986. ‘Swathi Mutyam’ and ‘Sagara Sangamam’ got critical acclaim at Asia Pacific Film Festival while ‘Sankarabharanam’, ‘Swayam Krushi’, ‘Siri Siri Muvva’ and ‘Swathi Mutyam’ were screened at the Moscow Film Festival.
‘Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swarnakamalam and Swathi Kiranam’ were selected in the Indian Panorama section at International Film Festival of India. ‘Sankarabharanam’, has won the Prize of the Public at the Besançon Film Festival of France in the year 1981.He has won 11 Film fare Awards South, including one Film fare Award. ‘Sankarabharanam’ shows the negligence of traditional Telugu music with influence of western music, bringing out the best of efficacy in the traditional music towards the end. The film had until then a less-known actor J.V. Somayajulu in the lead, but it broke many commercial records by running for over one year in cinemas.
Chiranjeevi (Shubhaleka, Swayamkrushi, Aapadbhandhavudu), Venkatesh (Swarna kamalam), Kamal Hassan (Sagara Sangamam, Swathi mutyam, Subha sankalpam), though all are popular heroes of cinema, they further established stardom with their performances in K. Viswanaths’ films.
Viswanath began his career as a technician in a studio at Chennai and later assisted to Adurthi Subba Rao in direction. He also worked as an assistant to director Ramnoth.He wished to work as an assistant to K. Balachander and Bapu. He debuted as a director with ‘Aatma Gowravam’, which starred Akkineni Nageswara Rao and won the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film of the year. These were followed by ‘Chelleli Kapuram, Sarada, O Seetha Katha and Jeevana Jyothi which are powerful women centric films.
‘Siri Siri Muvva’ was famed artistic touch of K. Viswanath which became first visible film to the people. This was followed by a series of films based on the themes of art, music and dance. Some of his later films discussed issues of social concern while others presented simple morals and facts of life to the common man in a palatable form.Viswanath has made many films dealing with a wide range of human and social issues, ‘Sapthapadi, 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.
Viswanath 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, Narasimha Naidu, Lakshmi Narasimha, Seemasimham, Santosham,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).
Viswanath is married and has three children: Padmavati, Nagendranath and Ravindranath.He has four grand children: 1) Naren Kasinadhuni 2) Pranav Kasinadhuni 3) Hema Vadrevu 4) Swarna Vadrevu.Viswanath won many awards and Govt of India honoured him with Padmasri.Myfirstshow.com wishes Kalatapasvi ‘A great Happy Birthday’.
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