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Sringaram Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySharada Ramanathan
Produced byGolden Square Films
Screenplay byIndra Soundar Rajan
Story bySharada Ramanathan
Music byLalgudi Jayaraman
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Golden Square Films
Distributed byGV Films[1]
Release date
  • 5 October 2007 (2007-10-05)
Running time
117 minutes

Sringaram is a 2007 Indian Tamil period-drama film directed by debutante Sharada Ramanathan, a cultural activist. Co-written by novelist Indra Soundar Rajan and produced by Padmini Ravi, herself a dancer,[2][3] it stars Aditi Rao Hydari, in her feature film debut, in the lead role alongside Manoj K. Jayan, Hamsa Moily and Y. Gee. Mahendra. The film depicts the life of a Devadasi during the 1920s.[4] Sringaram became highly critically acclaimed, winning three prizes at the 53rd National Film Awards and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards,[5][6] besides several screenings at various international film festivals, much before its theatrical release on 5 October 2007.[7]


The story begins with a Bharathanatiyam dancer, Varshini, being invited to the national capital of India on the eve of India being declared a republic. The temple priest who has nurtured since her birth takes her to the Brihadeeshvara Temple to meet a temple dancer named Kama. The story then flashes back to the 1920s. The temple dancer is about to retire from her service as a dancer and has chosen her daughter Madhura as her descendent. The vassal of the Tanjavore Presidency is attracted to Madhura. In addition to being a temple dancer, Madhura has to satisfy the vassal's desires. Madhura is more interested in developing her art of dancing. Meanwhile, Shiva, a lower caste temple servant has awe for Madhura's art. He threatens the vassal for an attempt to murder by a rebellious group called "Vande Mataram". But things don't go so and Shiva is accused of lying. He is sent into an exile but eventually mixes with the same group "Vande Mataram". In order to broaden his prospects, the vassal asks Madhura to seduce the collector of Tanjavore through her art. Madhura rejects thus decision and disappears. Now, Kama, Madhura's sister, is chosen as the temple dancer. Learning the barbaric thoughts of the vassal, Kama chooses to elope like Madhura. She finds that Madhura is a part of the rebellious "Vande Mataram" group. Things become more complicated as the sacred thread from temple goes missing. Madhura is accused of stealing and the vassal orders her arrest. Shiva confesses to the policemen that he is the real accused but secretly tells Madhura where had he kept the sacred thread. Shiva is hanged to death for the charges of robbery. Madhura is pregnant and dies while giving birth to her child. The child is none other than Varshini herself. She is a look alike of Madhura. The story then comes to the present where it is revealed that the vassal has invited Varshini to the national capital. Kama tells Varshini that her mother's last wish was to be cremated with the holy temple fire. The film ends with Varshini, wearing the sacred thread, cremating her mother with the holy temple fire and dancing to pay homage to her mother's artiste.



53rd National Film Awards[8]
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards 2005[9]

The film was screened at following film festivals:


The film's score and soundtrack were composed by renowned legendary violinist Padma Bhushan Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. The soundtrack album features 14 tracks, most of them sung by carnatic musicians. Lyrics were penned by Swati VAR. Jayaraman eventually won a National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the film's score.[21] Sringaram is notably his first and till date only work for a feature film.[22]

  1. Title Music
  2. Mallari - Injukkudi Brothers
  3. Nattu Purappadal (Folk Song) - T. L. Maharajan & O. S. Arun
  4. Yen Indha Mayamo (Hamir Kalyani) - Bombay Jayashri Ramnath
  5. Mudal Mariyadai (Salutation) - Swati Srikrishna & Hamsi
  6. Mamara Thopila - O. S. Arun
  7. Ninaival Yennai - Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
  8. Three Seasons - GJR Krishnan, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Swati, Revathy Meera & Orchestra
  9. Yen Indha Mayamo (Hamir Kalyani - Solo) - S. Sowmya
  10. Akaram- Swati Srikrishna & Hamsi
  11. Mudal Mariyadai (Salutation) - Swati Srikrishna & Hamsi
  12. Nattu Purappadal (Folk Song) - T. L. Maharajan & O. S. Arun
  13. Harathi - Swati Srikrishna, Meera & Hamsi
  14. Three Seasons - GJR Krishnan, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Swati, Revathy Meera & Orchestra


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