Shankarabharanam

K. Vishwanath

Shankarabharanam was a hugely popular and commercially successful Telugu film made in 1980. It deals with the declining popularity of Carnatic classical music through the character of Shankara Shastri, played by first-timer J. Somayajulu and the master-disciple relationship between Shastri and music lover Tulasi (played by Manju Bhargavi), who is forced into prostitution by her mother. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam went on to win the National Award for rendering many of the classical songs.

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