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Of. Vishwanath was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2017.
Renowned film director and actor of Tollywood K. Vishwanath passed away on Thursday night. He was 92 years old. Due to prolonged illness, he was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad. His body was brought from the hospital to his residence in Jubilee Hills at around 1 am.
Vishwanath was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2017. This is the highest award of the Indian film industry. Apart from this, he has been awarded 6 National Filmfare Awards, 8 State Nandi Awards and 10 Filmfare Awards.
From Anil Kapoor to AR Rahman paid tribute …
Anil Kapoor tweeted and said- K. Vishwanath ji you have taught me a lot, being on set with you at the time of God was like being in a temple.
Singer AR Rahman said that your films filled my childhood with humanity and wonder. Traditional, music and dance were wonderful in them.
Actor Jr NTR said that Vishwanath brought fame to Telugu cinema outside the country. He has made excellent films like Shankarabharanam and Sagar Sangam. His death has caused an irreparable loss. My condolences are with his family.
Started career as a sound artist
Of. Vishwanath was born on 19 February 1930 in Repalle, Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. He was also known as Kala Tapasvi. He did his intermediate in Hindu College Guntur. After this he graduated in Science from Andhra University. After completing his studies, Vishwanath started his film career as a sound artist at Vauhini Studios, Chennai.
Directed 55 films in 71 years
Of. Vishwanath worked as an assistant director on the Telugu film Pathal Bhairavi in 1951. He then directed the film Atma Govaravam in 1965, which won the State Nandi Award. His biggest films include Shankarabharanam, Swathinuthyam, Sagara Sangamam and Swayamkrishna. Vishwanath directed the last film ‘Subhapradham’ in the year 2010. In a career spanning 71 years, he worked as a director in 55 feature films and as an actor in 43 films.