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K. Viswanath,
కే. విశ్వనాథ్‌
Born February 19, 1930 (1930-02-19) (age 80)
Peddapulivarru, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) Jayalakshmi

Kasinadhuni Viswanath or K. Viswanath (Telugu: కాశినాథుని విశ్వనాథ్‌, (b. 19 February 1930), is an acclaimed Telugu film director and actor whose contributions have been significant to Indian films through the Telugu film industry. He has also directed a Hindi movie with Madhuri Dixit playing a dual role called Sangeet. It was a critically well acclaimed film which was released in 1992. His Malayalam film, Sapthapathy was also critically acclaimed.

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Early life

Viswanath was born to Sri Kasinadhuni Subrahmanyam and Sri Kasinadhuni Saraswatamma. He hails from Peddapulivarru, near Tenali in Andhra Pradesh.

Career

Viswanath began his career as a technician in a studio at Chennai and later assisted Mr. Adurthi Subba Rao in direction.[1] He also worked as an assistant to director Ramnoth.[2] He also wished to work as an assistant to K. Balachander and Bapu.[3] 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 such classical oriented movies all showcasing the bliss in Indian art forms. The list includes Saagara Sangamam ('Merging of the Ocean'), 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 culture yet he remains critical of those morals that make one stand against his fellow human. For example, in his movie Saptapadi, Vishwanath brilliantly addresses certain loopholes in an inadmissible cultural system like intercaste marriage. A temple chief-priest gets his daughter’s daughter married to his son’s son – unaware that she is musically fused to a flutist who is a Dalit (one of a lower caste, but of a higher humanness.) Later, as the priest sees the marriage falling apart, he comes to know the girl’s erstwhile bonding. It takes the priest intense introspection to realize how nasty it is to look down upon a fellow human because of caste. He could now anchor his judgment in the “content of character” rather than caste. Across numerous other films, Vishwanath has re-echoed similar social concerns that still resonate in the 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 Lowen for some of his films.

Viswanath also ventured into mainstream acting in Telugu movies such as Pandurangadu(stg*Balakrishna,Sneha, Tagore(Stg*Chiranjeevi), Aadavari Maatalaku Ardhaale Verule(stg*Venkatesh,Trisha Krishnan)and Tamil films like Kuruthi Punal(stg*Kamal Haasan,Arjun), Kakkai Chiraginile(stg*Parthiban), Mugavari(stg*Ajith), Bhagavathy(stg*Vijay), Pudiya Geethai(stg*Vijay) and Yaradi Nee Mohini(stg*Dhanush).

He is currently playing the lead in SIVA NARAYANA TEERTHAM in TTD's Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel(SVBC).

Personal life

Viswanath is married to Jayalakshmi. The couple have three children, Padmavathi Devi, Nagendranath (alumnus of Andhra University Vishakapatnam) and Ravinadranath (alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur and BITS, Pilani).

The Kasinadhunis are related to the Sripathi Panditaradhyula family, a prominent family member being S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. Viswanath and Balasubrahmanyam are relatives. The Kasinadhuniss enjoy spending time together as a family.

Trivia

  • Most of Mr.Viswanaths's films have titles beginning with the letter "S"
  • Mr.Viswanath introduced song writer, Sirivennela Sitaramasastri through the film Sirivennela.
  • Mr.Viswanath also introduced song writer Veturi Sundararama Murthy
  • Producer Edida Nageswara Rao considers Mr.Viswanath as his godfather since Mr.Viswanath was highly responsible for the success of Mr.Raos's production company, Poornodaya Arts. Poornodaya Arts gave in some fantastic hits by Mr.Viswanath, not to mention Shankarabharanam and Sagara Sangamam which are considered to be masterpieces to date.

Filmography

Awards

References

విశ్వనాధ్ గారి గురించి మరిన్ని వివరాలకొరకు సతీష్ యనమండ్ర గారి బ్లాగ్ లో వ్యాసం: http://vedabharathi.blogspot.com/2008/09/blog-post_7584.html

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