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Shankarabharanam (1979)

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The story of a rare and exceptional bond between the master of classical music Sankara Sastry and his admirer Tulasi, a woman from a family of prostitutes.


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Cast overview:
Somayajulu J.V. ...
Shankara Sastry
Manju Bhargavi ...
Tulasi ...
Allu Ramalingaiah
Chandramohan ...
Kameswara Rao - Kamudu
Sakshi Ranga Rao
Janardhana Rao Arja
Dubbing Janaki
Jit Mohan Mitra


The movie deals with the character, of Sankara Sastry, who devotes his heart and soul (naadopasana) to Sangeet (divine music). At the height of popularity, he meets Tulasi (Manju Bhargavi)-dancer, who is also very interested in classical arts. Being impressed by Sankara Sastry's mastery over Sangeet, she tries to devote her entire life to learn and practice under his guidance. But as the caste-ridden society does not accept this union, she leaves Sastry's home only to come back after several years, this time with her son. In the meantime, Indian classical music takes a back seat with classical musicians finding it hard to earn their daily bread. Sankaram, son of Tulasi introduces himself as an orphan, finds a place in the master's house to learn Sangeet. Written by parthu3

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A jewel in the history of Telugu cinema
11 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shankarabharanam is story of how music can bring together people from different walks of life.Melocholic,pure,brilliant and yet at times sad,the movie chronicles the life of a brilliant artist from the memories and thoughts of a fellow music lover.

Shankara Shasthry is a renowned carnatic singer of his time.At the height of his prominence, he is invited by communities near and far and felicitated by prominent people.After the advent of pop music however,carnatic music begins to recede in popularity and the great Shankara shasthry becomes an afterthought in the minds of young music lovers swayed by western culture.

Among his devoted listeners is a young woman who is of a geisha-esqe heritage.Even though the reason she is taught music is more for the practical purpose of enticing a potential benefactor,she develops a true love for music and in the process tremendous respect for the great artist.The two are brought together after the women seeks shelter away from people who are trying to exploit her.

The crux of the movie is that the world doesn't understand that the relationship between the teacher and disciple is purely platonic.Given the heritage of the disciple,society simply assumes to name a relationship at its lowest level, when the bond between the characters cannot be catogorized or described that easily.

Ironically society is so shallow and immature as to that it would rather let go of a esteemed member of their community rather than accept a lowly member into their very own.

The disciple soon realizes that her proximity to her teacher clouds the majesty of her teacher and she disappears into the darkness of the night.Years later,she returns with a child,a byproduct of a tragic rape.She intends to give her son the opportunity of tutelage under the great master unlike herself who never had the chance.This forms of the story arc of the movie.

The greatness of the movie lies in its purity of the message that it delivers and the relevance that it holds till date;i.e we are humans first,art unites, and the purpose of the society is to bring people together not divide on the basis of heritage or caste.

A movie told narrated more though music and silence,Shankarabharanam is timeless classic with music that is simply gold.

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