S for Shankarabharanam

K.Vishwanath the brilliant mind behind gems of Southern Cinema has been recently conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke Award and it is a great honour to revisit his classic work – Shankarabharanam – The Jewel of Shankara.

The movie narrates the tale of a remarkable Carnatic music vidwaan Shankara Shastrigal played by Somayajulu; his platonic relationship with a prostitute’s daughter Thulasi and a sequence of events that lead to the shastrigal becoming young Thulasi’s guardian. There is a track of the shastrigal’s own daughter and her wedding as well. This movie saw SPB flowering into a brilliant singer with awesome renditions of songs. It will not be incorrect to say that this movie definitely marked a turning point in SPB’s playback singing career as well. The movie’s resounding success and awards led to the movie being dubbed into other languages as well.

Listen to this soul-stirring gem:

Trailer of the digitally restored Tamizh version of the movie:

 

 

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