Dr . S . KRISHNASWAMY
Founder and Managing Director
A decade before he got his Ph.D., soon after getting his Master’s degree in Film and Television at Columbia University, New York, Dr. S. Krishnaswamy collaborated with Prof. Erik Barnouw in writing the book Indian Film (Columbia University Press 1963 & Oxford University Press 1980), widely acknowledged as the pioneering work on the history of Indian Cinema. In 1963, he founded KRISHNASWAMY ASSOCIATES, at Chennai, for producing purposeful Non-fiction and Television films. In the first decade of his work, he won four National Awards for his films, including the Special National Award to Commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Indian Independence.
As a sought-after Speaker, Dr. Krishnaswamy has addressed several international gatherings in USA, Europe and Asia; has been Chairman of the Jury for National Film Awards, and member of the Jury for many national and international film festivals.
The important Awards conferred on him include the Honor Summus Award, in 1987, by The Watumull Foundation, Honolulu, “for his film making with a sense of social commitment, combining technical skills with creative finesse” the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD conferred by the US International Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles, in 2005, “for his outstanding contributions to Non-fiction films”, and the coveted PADMASHRI Award by the President of India in 2009.