Born in 1920 in Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu, Shri Poornam Viswana- than has been associated with the Tamil stage and films for the last four decades and has proved himself an outstanding actor and director. He joined the External Services Division of All India Radio in 1945 and worked as a producer and actor for two decades. He has written and produced nearly 400 short and full-length plays and features for All India Radio. He has to his credit more than 3500 stage performances. Apart from his theatre activities, Shri Viswanathan has acted in more than 160 films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada, as well as several television serials. His company Poornam New Theatre has to its credit a number of award- winning plays. Shri Viswanathan has won several awards and honours, including the title Kalaimamani from the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram. Shri Poornam Viswanathan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contri- bution to theatre as an actor.