Renowned South filmmaker and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath shall be honoured with highly prestigious award of the film industry, Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday has approved of the recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award committee.
The award shall be conferred by the President of India at a function on May 3 at Vigyan Bhawan consisting of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakh.
A presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, K Viswanath has been a guiding force in the Indian film industry and has been an inspiration for many art filmmakers till today.
As a director, he has made fifty films since 1965 known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity.
His films on a wide range of social and human issues had great appeal to the masses.