Swathi Thirunal (film)

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Swathi Thirunal
Swathi Thirunal Film.jpg
Directed by Lenin Rajendran
Screenplay by Lenin Rajendran
Starring Anant Nag
Srividya
Nedumudi Venu
Murali
Ambika
Ranjini
Music by M. B. Sreenivasan
Cinematography Madhu Ambat
Edited by Ravi
Production
company
Chithranjali Studios
Distributed by Seven Arts
Release date
  • 4 September 1987 (1987-09-04)
Running time
133 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Swathi Thirunal is a 1987 Malayalam biographical film co-written and directed by Lenin Rajendran. It stars Anant Nag in the title role, and Srividya, Nedumudi Venu and Murali in other important roles. The film is based on the life of Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, the Maharaja of the state of Travancore.

Plot[edit]

The story begins with Gowri Lakshmi Bayi entrusting the four-month-old Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma to the care of the English East India Company whose representative was Col. Munro. Then it cuts to when Swathi Thirunal is sixteen and takes over the reins of Travancore from his aunt Gowri Parvati Bayi. Swathi Thirunal's biography is then shown against the backdrop of the music that he himself has composed. The movie ends with his death in 1846.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Swathi Thirunal
Soundtrack album by M. B. Sreenivasan
Released 1987
Length 60:36
Label Tharangini Music
Producer K. J. Yesudas

The film's original music was composed by M. B. Sreenivasan. The film is obviously a musical and it made use of several legendary kritis by Swathi Thirunal, Tyagaraja and Iraiyamman Tampi. The soundtrack features vocals of several renowned singers including M. Balamuralikrishna, who received a State award for his work.

Song Title Singer(s) Raga
1 Pannakendra Sayana M. Balamuralikrishna, Neyyattinkara Vasudevan , K. J. Yesudas Raagamaalika (Sankarabharanam, Bhairavi, Bhupalam)
2 Aralsara Parithapam K. J. Yesudas, B. Arundhathi Surutti
3 Mokshamu Galadha M. Balamuralikrishna Saramathi
4 Parama Purusha Neyyattinkara Vasudevan , K. J. Yesudas Vasantha
5 Suma Sayaka B. Arundhathi Karnataka Kapi
6 Parvathi Nayaka K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra Bowli
7 Sarasamukha Sarasija K. J. Yesudas Madhyamavati
8 Thillana Ambilikkuttan Dhanashree
9 Mamava Sada Janani Neyyattinkara Vasudevan Kanada
10 Devanuke Pathi S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Darbari Kanada
11 Krupaya Palaya K. J. Yesudas Charukesi
12 Jamuna Kinaare M. Balamuralikrishna Mishra Pilu
13 Kosalendra Neyyattinkara Vasudevan Madhyamavati
14 Chaliye Kunjanamo K. S. Chithra Vrindavani sarang

Additional tracks from the movie

Song Title Singer(s) Raga
1 Bhaja Bhaja Manasa M. Balamuralikrishna Sindhu Bhairavi
2 Entharo M. Balamuralikrishna Shree
3 Mamava Sada Varade S. Janaki Nāttai Kurinji
4 Omanathinkal Kidavo S. Janaki Kurinji
5 Omanathinkal Kidavo B. Arundhathi Kurinji
6 Praananaathan B. Arundhathi Kambhoji
7 Sa Ni Dha Sa (Swarangal) Chorus
8 Anjaneya K. J. Yesudas Saveri
9 Anantha Venmani Haridas

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "He epitomised the restive youth". The Hindu. 2010-09-10.

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