Nagaiah, S. Subbulakshmi, G. Varalakshmi, T. Bhagavathi, N. Sandhya, P.

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Nagaiah, S. Subbulakshmi, G. Varalakshmi, T. Bhagavathi, N. Sandhya, P. Narasimha Bharathi, V. Ramasami, C. Chakrapani The Ramayana, the story of the Rama avatar of Vishnu, is one of the immortal classics of India. A rich granary of story material, the epic not surprisingly excited and attracted the attention of filmmakers in the country from the Silent Film era.

The first silent version came out in along with another version the same year, which was released as a serial in cinemas. The first talkie version came out in Hindi in , in Telugu in and in Tamil this version in There were other language versions too. It had Sivaji Ganesan in the role of Bharatha, while N. Rama Rao and Padmini played Rama and Sita. The underrated stage and screen actor K.

Srinivasan lent his voice to NTR. Bhagavathi with his excellent screen presence was the right choice to play Ravana. Varalakshmi as Kaikeyi was equally impressive, and so was Nagaiah as Dasaratha. Noted comedienne Rajakantham played the mischief-maker Mandhara.

Also in the cast were Nagaiah, M. Rajam, P. Narasimha Bharathi, Lakshmiprabha, S. Subbulakshmi and T. The film had excellent music K. Mahadevan with lyrics by Marudhakasi. One song rendered by C.

This song was composed in raga Thilang, which was an import from Sufi music and successfully adapted by Guru Nanak and his disciples who composed several hymns in this raga. It has been extremely popular with musical geniuses such as Ravishankar, Bhimsen Joshi, violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman and musicologist G. The great Carnatic musician D. Written by the successful Tamil film personality A. Somu who was associated with Nagarajan on many films. Dungan, learning the art and craft from the great master.

The film was made at Ratna Studio in Salem. In the s, he watched Ellis R. After watching the movie, he sarcastically remarked that the main artiste in a charka-spinning sequence did not know how to handle it!


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