Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu have approved the Dadasaheb Palke Award for this year. Veteran director and actor K.Viswanath has been conferred the award for this year. Dadasaheb Palke Award is the highest honour in Indian Cinema.
Kasinathuni Vishwanath is known for his works in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi Film Industry. He started his career as a technician in a studio in Chennai, and later went on to direct movies before trying his hand at acting.
His 1987 movie (Swati Mutyam) has been chosen as the official entry for Oscars from India in the Best Foreign Films Category. His movies is known for hosting powerful women roles and movies that glorify women. He has got five National Awards so far and several State awards. Indian Government facilitated him with Padma Shri Award in the year 1992.
He is known for playing supporting roles in Tamil films like Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Raajapaatai, Bagavathi, Kaakai Siraginile, Uthama Villain and Puthiya Geethai.
Celebrities from the film fraternity expressed their happiness over Vishwanath receiving the award. Kamal Haasan took it to twitter to announce that he is extremely delighted on hearing that K.Vishwanath is being conferred Dadasaheb Palke Award. Kamal Haasan has worked with K.Vishwanath in his recent outing Uthama Villain.
K.Vishwanath will be felicitated in an Award function that will be held on 3rd of May. President of India will honour the veteran actor with the award in the function. The award consists of 10 lakh Rupees as cash prize, a shawl and a memento.