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Director  T. S. Nagabharana
Language  Kannada
8/10 IMDb

Music by  C. Aswath
Country  India
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Release date  1990 (1990)
Awards  Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
Cast  Suman Ranganathan (Shareefas Wife), Girish Karnad (Govindabhatta), Sridhar (Shareefa), Dattanna
Similar movies  Related T S Nagabharana movies

Santha Shishunala Sharifa (Kannada: ಸಂತ ಶಿಶುನಾಳ ಶರೀಫ) is a 1990 Indian Kannada biographical drama film directed and co-written by T. S. Nagabharana and produced by Srihari Khoday and Mahima Patel for Yajaman Enterprises. The story is based on the life of acclaimed saint poet Shishunala Sharif who wrote several moral poems striving towards social reformation. A collection of Sharif's poems are set to tunes by C. Ashwath, who also did the major playback singing. The soundtrack consisting of 16 poems was extremely popular upon release. The dialogues for this movie was wrtitten by Gopala Wajapayi, a well known theatre figure and translator of Bertolt Brecht's play The Caucasian Chalk Circle.


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The film's cast comprised Sridhar in the titular role along with Girish Karnad, Suman Ranganathan and H. G. Dattatreya among others.

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The film was widely appreciated by critics and audience upon release. It went on to win Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. The film also received multiple Karnataka State Film Awards including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories.

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  • Sridhar as Sharifa
  • Girish Karnad as Govinda Bhatta
  • Suman Ranganathan as Sharifa's wife
  • H. G. Dattatreya
  • Hema Choudhary
  • Master Jayanth
  • Brahmavar
  • Venkata Rao
  • Vishwanath Rao
  • Shankar Rao
  • Prem Kumar
  • Soundtrack

    The music of the film was composed by C. Ashwath. All the 16 songs composed for this film have been from the literary work collection of poet Shishunala Sharif. The songs are rendered by popular Sugama Sangeetha singers with most of them sung by C. Ashwath himself.


    The film has won the following awards since its release.

    Indian National Film Awards 1989

  • Won – National Film Award for Best Film on National Integration
  • 1989-90 Karnataka State Film Awards (India)

  • Won – Karnataka State Film Award for Second Best Film
  • Won – Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor – Sridhar
  • Won – Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor – Girish Karnad
  • References

    Santha Shishunala Sharifa Wikipedia
    Santha Shishunala Sharifa IMDb