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Sagara Sangamam

Sagara Sangamam
Directed by K. Viswanath
Produced by Edida Nageshwara Rao
Written by Jandhyala (Dialogues)
Screenplay by K. Viswanath
Story by K. Viswanath
Starring Kamal Haasan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography P. S. Nivas
Edited by G. G. Krishna Rao
Distributed by Porrnodaya Movie Creations
Release dates
  • 3 June 1983 (1983-06-03) (India)
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Sagara Sangamam (English: Confluence with Ocean) is a 1983 Telugu musical dance film directed by K. Viswanath and produced by Edida Nageswara Rao, starring Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Geetha, Sarath Babu, S. P. Sailaja and Chakri Toleti.[1] Upon release, the film received positive reviews and became a box office hit.[2] The film has received two National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards South, and the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze). The film is listed among CNN-IBN's list of hundred greatest Indian films of all time.[3]

The film was dubbed into Tamil and Malayalam. Kamal Hassan had lent his voice for all three versions. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India in 1984, retrospective in 2011 and Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section in 2014.[4][5] The film got critical acclaim at the Asia Pacific Film Festival,[6] and AISFM Film Festival.[7]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Crew 3
  • Production 4
  • Soundtrack 5
    • Sagara Sangamam (Original soundtrack) 5.1
    • Salangai Oli (Tamil soundtrack) 5.2
  • Awards 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Balakrishna (Kamal Haasan) is an economically disadvantaged but multi-talented dancer, adept at the Indian classical dances of Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, etc. Fondly called Balu, his simple and honest soul does not permit him to attain professional success in the commercial world that requires a certain level of moral laxness. Madhavi (Jayaprada), a wealthy young woman and a dance patron, notices his talent and acts as his benefactress, helping him secure an opportunity to participate in a high-level classical dance festival.

Balu's aging mother passes away from the afflictions of poverty two days before the performance. Balu, who was very attached to her, is emotionally devastated and fails to participate in the dance festival. Madhavi nevertheless gives him support and encouragement and sets him on the mend. Balu gradually develops a fondness for Madhavi as their relationship grows. He hides his love for her but eventually picks up the courage to express it. Balu discovers that, while Madhavi shares his feelings, she is a married woman separated from her husband. The husband later returns to unite Madhavi and Balu, but Balu decides to sacrifice his love showing respect for the institution of marriage.

The years pass, and Balu, a disappointed man, has become an inconsolable alcoholic and a newspaper journalist/art critic. Meanwhile, Madhavi's husband dies, and she hears about Balu's condition. In a bid to revive his will to live and his passion for his art, she tends to his medical needs, through his friend, Raghu (Sarath Babu) and solicits Balu to be the dance master for her daughter, Sailaja (SP Sailaja).

The film ends with Sailaja's stage performance with Balu watching her in a wheelchair, his health having completely deteriorated. While watching the performance, he passes away. Raghu and Madhavi are seen taking him away quietly, without interrupting the performance, back to the hospital. Balu dies on his way to the hospital.




Kamal and R. C. Sakthi wanted to make a film on a subject, about a dancer who was an alcoholic for which they named it as "Anupallavi", when K. Viswanath approached him with a similar subject, Kamal felt he had to do the film. On the sets of the film Gopi Krishna one of the choreographers, insisted that Kamal should train for at least a month. Kamal was one of the top stars of the time, doing multiple shifts, and had to find the time. Kamal said it was "greatest sacrifice from my side".[8] Playback singer S. P. Sailaja was recruited to play an prominent role thereby making her debut as an actress and also remains her only film she had acted so far.[9] K.Viswanath who is related to Sailaja, decided that she would fit perfectly in the role of Kamal Haasan's pupil, after seeing the photos.[10] Sailaja recalled: "I was reluctant as I was trained only in Bharatanatyam but in the film I had to perform other dance forms like Kathak too. While shooting my introductory song ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ at Ravindra Bharathi, I became nervous on the stage and refused to act".[11] Chakri Toleti did a role of a photographer boy in the film.[12][13] Thotta Tharani said tha the budget was drastically cut for the song in which Kamal dances on the well.[14]


The film score and soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraja. The lyrics for Telugu version was written by Veturi while Vairamuthu has written the lyrics for Tamil version. The song "Vedam Anuvanavuna" is based on Hamsanandi Raga.[15] The song "Om Nama Sivaya" is based on Hindolam Raga.[16][17] The song "Naada Vinodam" is based on Sriranjini Raga.[18] The song "Balakanakamaya" is based on a Thyagaraja kirtana and was composed on Atana Raga.[19] The song "Thakita Thadimi" is based on Shanmughapriya Raga.[20] Both "Mounamelanoyi Ee Marapurani Reyi" and "Vevela Gopemmala" are based on Mohana raga.

Sagara Sangamam (Original soundtrack)

All lyrics written by Veturi Sundararama Murthy except where noted, all music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Baala Kanakamaya Chela"   Tyagaraja S. Janaki  
2. "Mounamelanoyi Ee Marapurani Reyi"   Veturi Sundararama Murthy S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki  
3. "Naada Vinodamu Natya Vilasamu"   Veturi Sundararama Murthy S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja  
4. "Om Namah Shivaaya"   Veturi Sundararama Murthy S. Janaki  
5. "Thakita Thadimi"   Veturi Sundararama Murthy S. P. Balasubramanyam  
6. "Vedam Anuvanuvuna Nadam"   Veturi Sundararama Murthy S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja  
7. "Vevela Gopemmala"   Veturi Sundararama Murthy S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja  

Salangai Oli (Tamil soundtrack)

All lyrics written by Vairamuthu except where noted, all music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Baala Kanakamaya"   Tyagaraja S. Janaki 03:52
2. "Mounamana Neram"   Vairamuthu S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki 04:20
3. "Nadha Vinodhangal"   Vairamuthu S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja 04:05
4. "Om Namah Shivaaya"   Vairamuthu S. Janaki 04:41
5. "Thakita Thadimi"   Vairamuthu S. P. Balasubramanyam 04:12
6. "Vedham Anuvilum"   Vairamuthu S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja 05:33
7. "Vaan Pole Vannam"   Vairamuthu S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja 04:12


Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1983 K. Viswanath
Edida Nageshwara Rao
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze) Won
1983 K. Viswanath Filmfare Award for Best Director - Telugu Won
Kamal Haasan Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu Won
Jayaprada Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu Won
1984 Ilaiyaraaja National Film Award for Best Music Direction Won
S. P. Balasubramanyam National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer Won


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  2. ^ 30 Jun 2011 - Ranjana Dave (2011-06-30). "The meaning in movement". The Asian Age. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  3. ^ "100 Years of Indian Cinema: The 100 greatest Indian films of all time". IBNLive. 
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  5. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). 
  6. ^ Prakash KL. "Sagara Sangamam to be screened at Kamal's films fest | - Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  7. ^ The films of K. Viswanath — AISFM Blog
  8. ^ BARADWAJ RANGAN. "Enriching cinema, Kamal style". The Hindu. 
  9. ^ Rani Devalla. "From busy schedule to work-life balance". The Hindu. 
  10. ^ OLYMPIA SHILPA GERALD. "On a high note". The Hindu. 
  11. ^ "Melody unwind". The Hindu. 
  12. ^ "Chakri Toleti interview - Telugu Cinema interview - Telugu film director". 
  13. ^ "‘A Wednesday’ is ‘Eenadu’ in Telugu". The Hindu. 
  14. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Chennai : To the director above, thanks!". 
  15. ^ CHARULATHA MANI. "A Raga's Journey — Heart-rending Hamsanandi". The Hindu. 
  16. ^ Charulatha Mani. "A Raga's Journey – Hindolam Highlights". The Hindu. 
  17. ^ T. SARAVANAN. "Ragas hit a high". The Hindu. 
  18. ^ Charulatha Mani. "Six-note splendour". The Hindu. 
  19. ^ CHARULATHA MANI. "Atana for inspiring valour". The Hindu. 
  20. ^ Charulatha Mani. "A Raga's Journey - Sacred Shanmukhapriya". The Hindu. 

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