15 July 1988 (1988-07-15)
Sainath (dialogue), Dr. K. Viswanath (screenplay), Dr. K. Viswanath (story)
Nandi Special Jury Award, Nandi Award for Best Actress
Ilayaraja melody hits swarnakamalam movie songs siva poojaku song
Swarnakamalam (English: The Golden Lotus) is a 1988 Telugu dance film, written and directed by Kasinathuni Viswanath. The film starred Venkatesh, Bhanupriya, and Sharon Lowen in the lead roles. The song sequences were choreographed by Kelucharan Mohapatra with soundtrack by Ilayaraja.
- Ilayaraja melody hits swarnakamalam movie songs siva poojaku song
The film was screened at the Indian panorama section of the 1988 International Film Festival of India, the Asia Pacific Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The film received three state Nandi Awards, three Cinema Express Awards, and two South Filmfare Awards, including Nandi Award for Best Feature Film and Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu).
Meenakshi (Bhanupriya) and Savitri (Devilalita) are daughters of a Kuchipudi doyen, Seshendra Shastry. While a highly accomplished artist in his field, Seshendra Shastry is not well-off and has not been able to afford his daughters a conventional education. Both of them have achieved a respectable degree of proficiency — Savitri in Carnatic classical music and Meenakshi in classical dance.
Savitri is grateful for her knowledge and interest and looks forward to a life that will require her to hone her skills in the same art. Meenakshi, on the other hand, is bitter about the lack of opportunity that she feels in the field of classical dance in India and resolves to make a simpler and more pleasurable life for herself as soon as possible, while confiding her ambitions only to her sister.
Chandrasekhar (Venkatesh) is a tenant who has just moved in next door. He is a painter and is shown to be handling movie promotions as a large chunk of his work. He develops an interest in the neighbors and tries to help them in whatever way he can, partly because of his (unconfessed) interest in Meenakshi and partly because of his interest in the art which seems to be slowly fading away from public life.
The rest of the film is largely built around Meenakshi's journey from skepticism to devotion in her pursuit of dance. Chandrasekhar is shown to be an important catalyst in this transformation. Meenakshi becomes an accomplished dancer through the direction of renowned Odissi dancer Sharon Lowen, and gets the opportunity to go to the United States and perform. She learns of Chandrasekhar's love for her, and finally unites with Chandrasekhar, confessing her love for him as well.
The production design was helmed by Arun D. Ghodgaonkar with cinematography by Lok Singh. Casting was done by K. Viswanath, including american dancer Sharon Lowen who portrayed herself as a veteran Odissi artist. The song sequences demanded locations that were spread across Puri, the Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers National Park, the stupa at Dhauli Odisha, and Visakhapatnam.
The music for the film was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and released on ECHO Music Company.
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