K Viswanath is known for his family entertainers which are soaked in traditional values and culture. His films like Sankarabharanam, Sagarasangamam, Swathi Mutyam are some of the best examples of carnatic music and dance. The legendary actor was seen in Tamil movies like Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Rajapattai and Uttama Villain. He has now been awarded the country’s highest cinema Award – the Dadasaheb Phalke Award by the Government of India for the year 2016.

​He will receive the award ​from President Pranab Mukherjee in a ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on May 3.

In addition to the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, he has won the National Award four times and is a Padma Shri Awardee.

Many celebrities took to Twitter to congratulate him.