Phalke Award

Rooted in tradition

Print edition : May 26, 2017

K. Viswanath arriving for a function in Visakhapatnam in 2016. Photo: C.V. Subramanyam

The director’s films were instrumental in reviving the use of classical music and dance in mainstream South Indian cinema in the 1990s. Two of the most notable films are "Sankarabharanam" (above) and "Sagara Sangamam".

The director’s films were instrumental in reviving the use of classical music and dance in mainstream South Indian cinema in the 1990s. Two of the most notable films are "Sankarabharanam" and "Sagara Sangamam" (above).

Rakesh Roshan and Jayaprada in a scene from "Kaamchor", one of the director’s biggest hits in Hindi.

Subtlety and understatement are the hallmarks of the films of K. Viswanath, who has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year.

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