Rudraveena (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by K. Balachander
Produced by Nagendra Babu
Written by K. Balachander
Ganesh Patro
Starring Chiranjeevi
Gemini Ganesan
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography R.Raghunadha Reddy
Release dates
4 March 1988 (1988-03-04)
Running time
170 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Rudraveena (English: Strings) is a 1988 Telugu-language musical-drama film starring Chiranjeevi and Shobana. Produced by Anjana Productions, the film was directed by K. Balachander with musical and background score by Ilaiyaraaja. The film won three National Film Awards including the Best Feature Film on National Integration, and was premiered at the 12th International Film Festival of India.[1] The film was later remade into Tamil by Balachander himself as Unnal Mudiyum Thambi starring Kamal Haasan and was released on 12 August 1988.[2]


The film is about the ideological clash between young man, Suryam (Chiranjeevi), and his father, Bilahari Ganapathi Sastry (Gemini Ganesan). While the father believes that music and his life are for salvation, the son strives for a better society.

They part ways after Suryam decides to teach his father a lesson by representing the need for social awareness in a concert. Sastry hates this idea of polluting the sacredness of music by individualism and promotes another disciple ignoring Suryam.

Fed up with his father's refusal to identify him, Suryam leaves home. He finds solace with Lalita (Shobana) and her family. Sastry, who believes in the supremacy of caste over humanity, tries to break their relationship by instigating drunkards from the village whom Suryam has sworn to reform. Suryam vows not to marry in exchange for the drunkards reforming themselves.

Sastry takes a major blow when the disciple he groomed later marries his daughter and abhors him from singing Sastry's favorite raga - The Bilahari.

Finally, Sastry changes his chauvinistic self, when the Indian government recognizes Suryam's efforts at social reform and the Prime Minister of India himself comes to his village to felicitate Suryam. He realizes his son's ideals and proudly addresses himself as Suryam's father rather than a great musician.




National Film Awards
Nandi Awards


All music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Cheppalani Vundi"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri, Sri Sri (poem: "Nenu Saitham") S. P. Balasubramaniam 6:46
2. "Chuttu Pakkala Choodara"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri S. P. Balasubramaniam 2:59
3. "Lalita Priya Kamalam"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri K. J. Yesudas; K. S. Chitra 5:24
4. "Manava Seva Drohama"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri K. J. Yesudas 5:42
5. "Nammaku Nammaku Ee Reyini"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri S. P. Balasubramaniam 5:31
6. "Neethone Aagena Sangeetham"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri K. J. Yesudas 3:59
7. "Raghupathi Raghava"   Theme Music Instrumental 0:27
8. "Randi Randi Randi"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri Mano; S.P. Sailaja 8:01
9. "Tarali Raada Tane Vasantham"   Sirivennela Sitaramasastri S. P. Balasubramaniam 4:32
10. "Tulasi Dalamulache"   Tyagaraja K. J. Yesudas 4:13


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