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Shankarabharanam (1980)

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.

Director:

K. Viswanath (as K. Vishwanath)

Writers:

Jandhyala (dialogue), K. Viswanath (story) (as K. Vishwanath)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Somayajulu J.V. Somayajulu J.V. ... Shankara Sastry
Manju Bhargavi Manju Bhargavi ... Tulasi
Tulasi Tulasi ... Sankaram
Allu Ramalingaiah Allu Ramalingaiah
Rajyalakshmi Rajyalakshmi
Chandramohan Chandramohan ... Kameswara Rao - Kamudu
Nirmalamma
Pushpakumari Pushpakumari
Sakshi Ranga Rao Sakshi Ranga Rao
Varalakshmi G. ... (as Varalakshmi)
Jhansi Jhansi
Janardhana Rao Arja Janardhana Rao Arja
Dubbing Janaki Dubbing Janaki
Jit Mohan Mitra Jit Mohan Mitra
Viswanatham Viswanatham
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Telugu | Malayalam

Release Date:

2 February 1980 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jewel of Shiva See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Shankarabharanam (Jewel of Lord Shiva and Indian Cinema)
4 May 2006 | by tramakrsna-1See all my reviews

This is the best Telugu movie ever made. If Maya Bazar showcases Great Indian Mythology in best form, this movie showcases immortal Indian music by flawless screenplay and direction. Normally Indian movies are considered as sub-standard in all the departments with rare exceptions. But this movie stands 10 out of 10 in all departments. This film had drawn the unparalleled standards to the south Indian films. When movies were being treated as mere commercial entertainers and when Telugu cinema was subjected to utter criticism of being subjugated by baser instincts, this is the only movie shut the world's criticism. Kudos to K. Viswanath, a true gem of Indian Cinema. All of his movies are poetic visuals.


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