Sangamam

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Sangamam
Directed by Suresh Krishna
Produced by V. Natarajan
Written by E. Ramadoss
Screenplay by Suresh Krishna
Story by Bhoopathy Raja
Starring
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography S. Saravanan
Edited by Suresh Urs
Production
  company
Pyramid Films International
Release date(s)
  • 16 July 1999 (1999-07-16)
Country India
Language Tamil

Sangamam (Tamil: சங்கமம்) is a 1999 Tamil musical romance film directed by Suresh Krishna and produced by V. Natarajan of Pyramid Films. The film featured Rahman and newcomer Vindhya in the lead roles with Manivannan, Vijayakumar and Radharavi essaying other important roles. The film's music was composed by A. R. Rahman, while Saravanan handled the cinematography. The film opened in 1999 and though the soundtrack won awards and rave reviews, the film became a financial failure.

Plot[edit]

This film depicts the disputes between two forms of the dance styles and music, Classical Indian (in particular Carnatic music and Bharathanatyam danceform) against rural Tamil folk music and dance. The film depicts the misunderstanding and mutual ignorance of the two factions in the movie. The parallel plot in the movie is of the children and intended successors of the respective dance doyens falling in love with each other. The climax ends with a joining of both the music genres as well as the young couple, hence the name Sangamam.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

V. Natarajan launched a film to be directed by Suresh Krishna and A. R. Rahman was signed on to compose the music for the film in early 1998, while he was also working with the producer Natarajan in Rhythm and Udhaya.[1] In an interview in August 1998, A. R. Rahman revealed that he was working on " a very small budget movie called Sangamam which is based on classical and folk dance".[2] The film would feature his namesake and brother-in-law, Malayalam actor Rahman in the lead role with newcomer Vindhya roped in to play the lead female role.[3]

During production it was reported that the film would be a remake of the 1968 film Thillaanaa Mohanambal which starred Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini, but this was subsequently found to be untrue.[4] The film was briefly delayed in 1999 as A. R. Rahman was too busy to complete the background score for the film, with producer V. Natarajan initially refusing to pay him, causing further delays for the producer's next venture, Rhythm.[5]

Release[edit]

The film opened to mixed reviews with a critic citing that "Sangamam is a credible movie with good music by A. R. Rahman and superlative performance by Manivannan". The critic added that "Rahman does justice to his role and has brought a certain dignity and understatement to his character" but that "Vindhya, the heroine is the only weak link".[6] Sandya of Indolink.com mentioned to "see it for the songs, like it for the songs, forget the movie", labelling that Vindhya "couldn't act for nuts".[7] The film was also set to be dubbed and released in Telugu under the same name, but the financial losses suffered had deterred the version.[8]

Due to commercial failure, Sun TV who bought the satellite rights of the film premiered within one month after its release.[9]

The music of the film was critically acclaimed and won several awards in 2000. Vairamuthu won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for his lyrics in the song ""Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein...", securing his fourth such award.[10][11] The film won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards with Rahman picking up Best Music Director, Vairamuthu for Best Lyrics and S. Janaki won the Best Female Playback singer award for the song "Margaazhi". Krishnamurthy won the Best Art Director reward for his work in the film.

Soundtrack[edit]

Sangamam
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released
1999
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 34:30
Label Pyramid
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Taal
(1999)
Sangamam
(1999)
Jodi
(1999)

The film's music was composed by A. R. Rahman. The music album of this also made news for the first time rapport of the veteran musician M. S. Viswanathan pairing up with A. R. Rahman. The soundtracks also boasts of prominent singers like S. Janaki, Hariharan, Unni Krishnan, Nithyasree Mahadevan, Sujatha and Shankar Mahadevan. The soundtrack features 6 songs composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vairamuthu. The soundtrack received critical acclaim[12] and Rahman won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for the soundtrack he composed.

All lyrics written by Vairamuthu, all music composed by A. R. Rahman.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Mazhai Thulli"   Hariharan, M. S. Viswanathan 6:49
2. "Varaha Nadhikarai"   Shankar Mahadevan 6:17
3. "Sowkiyama Kannae"   Nithyashree Mahadevan 5:55
4. "Mudhal Murai"   Srinivas, Sujatha 6:10
5. "Margazhi Thingal Allava"   S. Janaki, P. Unnikrishnan, Madhumitha[13] 6:57
6. "Allala Kanda"   Hariharan, M. S. Viswanathan 2:19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old news". www.pvv.ntnu.no. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "The A R Rahman Chat". m.rediff.com. 17 August 1998. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gossip from the Southern film industry". Rediff.com. 12 February 1999. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bits". www.pvv.ntnu.no. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Gopal Srinivasan. "The Complete Biography of A.R.Rahman - The A.R.Rahman Page". Gopalhome.tripod.com. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sangamam review". www.pvv.ntnu.no. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sangamam: Movie Review". INDOlink.com. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "A.R. Rahman Facts!! [long article]". Google Groups. 1 August 2000. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  9. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20000818181522/http://www.tamilstar.com/topnews/rehm.shtml#
  10. ^ "HONOURS CONFERRED ON MASS COMMUNICATORS". Reference, Research and Training Division. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sangamam: Music Review". INDOlink.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Soaring musical heights". The Hindu. 27 November 2000. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 

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