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)-... See full summary »
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
Well.. Well.. 1000 words would not be sufficient to tell even a hundredth about the movie. No kidding. The first time I watched the movie, I was a kid and obviously did not like the movie as I did not understand it. The second time, I appreciated the movie and then on I have seen the movie n number of times and every time I saw it, I see a new angle which the director wants the viewer to observe and dig deep. The music scored by KV Mahadevan is simply superb. SPB, S Janakia and Vani Jayaram have done a great job and Veturi's lyrics are a class apart. The movie had won 4 National awards which include the best movie providing wholesome entertainment, best music, best male playback and best female playback (Vani Jayaram). The song for which Vani Jayaram has won the award is not even 2 minutes in length and it is the shortest song ever to win an award in any part of the world. The award is SPB's first National award. He tuned his voice so well that it appears as if a 60-year old person was singing (He was not even 35). Another interesting aspect of the movie is that this movie has increased the tape recoreder sales in AP by 10 times. (Tape recorders were new in AP). The dialogues in the movie are excellent and JV Somayajulu (debut) has given an excellent performance.
In short, a novel story, an excellent script, superb direction, stellar performances and above all high-quality songs easily makes Shankaraabharanam the best Telugu movie ever.
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