Film director and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath will be conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the country’s highest award in cinema, it was announced on 2017, May 01. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu approved the recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award committee for the latest recipient of the award, conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.Vishwanath has directed several films, known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity. Viswanath, who started his journey as a sound artiste, directed award-winning films such as “Sankarabharanam”, “Sagara Sangamam”, “Swati Mutyam”’ “Saptapadi”, “Kaamchor”, “Sanjog” and “Jaag Utha Insaan” in his long career that included an equally successful stint in front of the camera. His other honours include Padmashri in 1992, five National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards (given by the Andhra Pradesh government) and ten Filmfare trophies including the Lifetime Achievement award.The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The recipient is honoured for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema”. and is selected by a committee consisting of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry. Recent Dadasaheb Phalke winners include iconic names like Shashi Kapoor, Gulzar, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Soumitra Chatterjee and Mrinal Sen. Actor-filmmaker Manoj Kumar was the recipient of the award last year.