Revisiting Kamal Haasan-K Viswanath’s Sagara Sangamam: Of art and devotion

‘Kalathapaswi’ Ok Viswanath is taken into account one of many best filmmakers that India has ever produced. And, ‘Ulaganayagan’ Kamal Haasan is an actor par excellence. When these two behemoths be a part of forces, you may anticipate a master-class in filmmaking. Sagara Sangamam (1983), Swathimuthyam (1986), and Subha Sankalpam (1995) are films that emerged from the affiliation, leaving an eternal impression on south Indian cinema.

Sagara Sangamam hit theatres on June 3, 1983. Regardless of the a number of tv re-runs, even in the present day, the movie finds takers.

With Kamal Haasan, Jaya Prada and SP Sailaja within the lead roles, Sagara Sangamam is the story of Balakrishna (Kamal Haasan), who’s a classical dancer residing hand to mouth. Whereas classical dance is on the core of Sagara Sangamam, the film additionally touches upon the worth of an artist and his/her craft in in the present day’s commercialised world. Whereas Kamal Haasan steals the present, Ok Viswanath delivers a robust message with the movie. The music by maestro Ilaiyaraaja is the icing on the cake.

Songs like “Thakita Thadimi”, “Vedam Auvanuvuna Nadam”, “Om Namah Shivaaya”, “Vevela Gopemmala”, “Mounamelanoyi Ee Marapurani Reyi” and “Naada Vinodamu Natya Vilasamu” nonetheless stay etched within the reminiscence of followers. This movie additionally gave Ilaiyaraaja his first Nationwide Movie Award for Finest Music Course. SP Balasubrahmanyam gained the Nationwide Movie Award for Finest Male Playback Singer.

Sagara Sangamam additionally gained the Nandi Award for Finest Function Movie (Bronze), Nandi Award for Finest Actor (Kamal Haasan), Nandi Award for Finest Art Director (Thota Tharani), Nandi Award for Finest Editor (GG Krishna Rao), Nandi Award for Finest Audiographer (AR Swaminadhan) and Nandi Award for Finest Feminine Playback Singer (S Janaki for “Om Namah Shivaaya”).

Sagara Sangamam Jaya Prada and Kamal Haasan in Sagara Sangamam. (Picture: Fb/Pulagam Chinnarayana)

Sagara Sangamam was launched in Tamil and Malayalam with the titles Salangai Oli and Sagara Sangamam, respectively. It turned out to be a blockbuster in all languages.

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