Sagara Sangamam

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

Sagara Sangamam (Telugu: సాగర సంగమం; English: Confluence with ocean) is a 1983 Telugu 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] The film is listed among CNN-IBN's list of hundred landmark Indian films of all time.[2]

The movie was dubbed into Tamil as Salangai Oli. It was dubbed later into Malayalam. Kamal Hassan had lent his voice for all three versions. The film was showcased at the International Film Festival of India.[3] The film got critical acclaim at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.[4]


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.




All lyrics written by Veturi Sundararama Murthy, 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  


Year Recipient Award Result
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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