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Directed by Jayaraaj
Produced by Jayaraaj
Screenplay by Madambu Kunhukuttan
Story by Sreekumar Arookutty
Starring Master Kumar
Mini Nair
Unnikrishnan Namboothiri
Music by Kaithapram
Cinematography M. J. Radhakrishnan
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Release date
  • 13 January 1996 (1996-01-13)
Running time
95 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Desadanam (Malayalam: ദേശാടനം, English: Journey to wisdom) is a Malayalam feature-length film released in the year 1996 by the critically acclaimed director Jayaraj. It won the National award for best Regional film in the year 1997.


The plot revolves around the personal turmoil faced by the parents of a child who is to be inducted into priesthood by a monastery. The pain of imminent separation from their only child has been beautifully portrayed by the characters played by Vijayaraghavan and Mini Nair.

The boy who led a carefree life until now has been identified as having a deep understanding of religious philosophy and scriptures at a very young age by the priests of a holy shrine. They request the family to induct the boy into priesthood to which the grandfather of the boy readily agrees to; for, he himself had aspirations of joining the shrine in the past. The parents, though not keen on parting with their child are compelled to give in on the basis of the word given by the elders of the family.[1]



All the songs in the movie were well received, the music was scored by renowned music director, Kaithapram who himself wrote the lyrics and had a role in the movie.[1]

Track Song Title Singer(s) Raga
1 "Kaliveedurangiyallo" Dr. K. J. Yesudas Mohanam
2 "Yathrayayi" Dr. K. J. Yesudas, Chorus Shyama
3 "Engane Njan" Sujatha Mohan Arabhi
4 "Naava Mukunda Hare" Manju Menon, Deepankuran Bihag
5 "Vettakkoru Makan" Prakash Chandran, Chorus Mukhari
6 "Nanmayerunnoru" Manju Menon
7 "Neelakarmukil" Manju Menon, Kunjanujathi Thamburatti Arabhi
8 "Kaliveedurangiyallo" Manju Menon Mohanam
9 "Engane Njan" Dr. K. J. Yesudas Arabhi

Box office[edit]

The film became commercial success.[2]


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards