Palagummi Viswanadham started his career as a veena artiste in the film studios of Madras and reached his zenith as a music director in the studios of All India Radio, Hyderabad. For years on end, this remarkable man produced radio plays, song of the month, songs for workers, songs for women, devotional songs, songs for children…the list goes on. Whatever challenges AIR threw at him, he delivered with great finesse. He could make propaganda sound aesthetic, devotion sound secular.
Viswanadham worked very closely with Devulapalli Venkata Krishna Sastry, the great Telugu poet. Together they gave Telugu people songs for all occasions : Nīrujallina Mungitlō for Sankranti, Teravanđī Talupulu for Ugadi, lullabies like Navvantē Jābilli, patriotic songs with a difference like Nārāyańa Nārāyańa Allā Allā, devotional songs like Rāma Charanam and Yā Allā, and so on. He worked with other great poets Dr. C. Narayana Reddy, Dasarathi, Sasanka to name a few. Palagummi Viswanadham composed music for great musicians too: Dr. Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Vakkalanka Sarala, M. Chittaranjan, P.B. Srinivas and others.
The nearly 15,000 songs he composed were rendered by singers who range from professionals to amateurs: M. Santha, M. Sowbhagyam, K.B.K. Mohana Raju, Manapragada Narasimha Murthy, Vedavathi Prabhakar, Hemavathi Nagaraj, Chaya Devi, Chandrakantha, Vinod Babu, Swapna, K. Balaji and K.V. Ramana Murthy to name a few.
After his retirement from AIR, Palagummi Viswanadham composed many Christian devotional songs and several other features for Amruthavani, which were broadcast from Radio Ceylon.
Apart from being a highly creative music director, Palagummi Viswanadham proved to be a remarkable lyricist. His song Amma Dongā is so popular among Telugu people abroad that in weddings it is sung as a bidai song. Another famous song, Enni Sārulu Annadō was sung by Balamuralikrishna at the World Telugu Conference in Hyderabad. And finally how can one forget the nostalgic song Ma Ūru Okkasāri Pōyi Rāvāli which he sang himself in his distinctive style.