P. H. Vishwanath

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P. H. Vishwanath
Vishwanath Parvathamallappa

OccupationFilm director, producer and writer
Years active1976-present

P. H. Vishwanath (Kannada: ಪಿ. ಎಚ್. ವಿಶ್ವನಾಥ್) is an Indian film director, writer and a producer who works in Kannada cinema. Apart from films, Vishwanath has directed several documentaries and tele-series. He started his film career as an assistant director to Puttanna Kanagal with College Ranga (1976) being his first release. Following this, he assisted for many films directed by Kanagal, Joe Simon, Hunsur Krishnamurthy and T. S. Nagabharana.

Vishwanath turned as an independent director with the film Panchama Veda in 1990. Starring Ramesh Aravind and Sudharani, the film was both critical and commercial success, winning several awards. He continued to direct many successful films such as Ati Madhura Anuraga starring Kashinath, Nagendra Sha and Panchami, Munjaneya Manju starring Ambareesh, Sudharani and Tara, Musuku (1994), Srigandha (1995), Aragini (1995), Rangoli, Andaman (1998) and Arunodaya starring Ramesh Aravind, Shilpa, Vijayalakshmi and Sharan throughout the 1990s. He pursued his interest in making documentaries in various field such as Agriculture, Sericulture, Environment- Passive Smoking, Ozone Layer Depletion, Rain Water Harvesting. There was a documentary that was released in Hanoi- Vietnam based on Rabies called RABIES IS A FATAL BUT PREVENTABLE DISEASE for Rabies in Asia Foundation in 2009. You Only Live Once – Don't die of Rabies" a Public awareness film was released & screened at  RIACON in COLOMBO, SRI LANKA on 28 -11-2011. One Health One Goal – Elimination of Rabies was released & screened at  RIACON in BANGKOK, THAILAND on 11 -09-2013. He has directed 73 documentaries as a whole.

He directed a Children film "Kinnara Baale" that won the best children film and best child artiste award from KARNATAKA  STATE GOVERNMENT (2010), screened at 7th International children's film festival 2012- Bangalore and Kolkata International Children film festival.  

He directed a Tulu comedy film, Telikeda Bolli, which was critically acclaimed and won accolades. In 2016, he returned to mainstream cinema by directing a parallel film, Suli.[1]

For his contribution in Kannada cinema, Vishwanath has been awarded with the Puttanna Kanagal Award by the Government of Karnataka for the year 2013.[2] In 2014, he was elected as the President of the Karnataka Film Directors Association.[3]


Year Film Title Cast Role Notes
1979 Dharmasere Aarathi, Srinath Assistant director
1981 Ranganayaki Aarathi, Ambarish
1982 Maanasa Sarovara Srinath, Padma Vasanthi
1983 Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage Srinath, Padma Vasanthi, Jai Jagadish
1984 Prema Jyothi Arjun Sarja, Bhavya
1985 Shiva Kotta Sowbhagya Lokesh, Aarathi, Jayanthi
1985 Maha Purusha Vishnuvardhan, Gayathri
1986 Sedina Sanchu Rajesh, Bhavya
1986 Nenapina Doni Ananth Nag, Girish Karnad, Geetha
1986 Africadalli Sheela Charan Raj, Saheela
1988 Aasphota Sridhar, Triveni
1989 Madhu Masa Ramesh Aravind, Sarala
1990 Panchama Veda Ramesh Aravind, Sudharani Director, Writer
1992 Athimadhura Anuraga Kashinath, Panchami Director, Writer
1993 Munjaneya Manju Ambarish, Sudharani, Tara Director
1994 Musuku Ambarish, Dolly Minhas, Ramesh Aravind Director, Writer
1995 Srigandha Ramesh Aravind, Sudharani Director, Writer
1995 Aragini Ramesh Aravind, Sudharani Director Won - Karnataka State Film Award for 2nd Best Film
1996 Rangoli Sumanth, Ruchita Prasad Director, Writer
1998 Andaman Shiva Rajkumar, Soni Director, Writer
1999 Arunodaya Ramesh Aravind, Vijayalakshmi Director, Writer
1999 Nathiyora Geethangal Ramesh Aravind, Sasikala Director Tamil film
2005 Olave Vishal Hegde, Sandhya Producer, Director and Writer
2009 Kinnara Baale Ramesh Bhat, Baby Madhushree, Baby Shreya, Mandeep Roy Director, Writer
2012 Telikeda Bolli Arjun Kapikad, Vinni Fernandes Director Tulu film
2016 Suli Srinath Director, Writer


  1. "Suli: a whirlpool of emotions". The Hindu.
  2. "Karnataka State awards Announced". Sify.com. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015.
  3. "KANFIDA New President PH Vishwanath". Chitraloka.com.

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