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Saagara Sangamam
Produced by Edida Nageshwara Rao
Starring Kamal Haasan
Sarath Babu
S.P. Sailaja
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Nivas P.S.
Running time 160min
Language Telugu

Sagara Sangamam is 1982 Telugu film produced by Edida Nageshwara Rao, starring Kamal Haasan and Jayaprada in lead roles.



Balu, short for Balakrishna, (Kamal Hassan) is an economically disadvantaged but multi-talented dancer, adept at the Indian classical dances of Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak etc. His simple and honest soul does not permit him to attain professional success in the commercial world that requires a certain level of moral laxness. Madhavi (Jayaprada), a wealthy young woman and a patron of the dances, notices his talent and acts as his benefactress, helping him secure his life-long opportunity of participating in a high-level classical dance festival.

Prior to the fulfillment of this ambition, Balu's aging mother passes away from the afflictions of poverty just two days before the performance. Balu, who was very attached to her, is emotionally devastated and as a result fails to participate in the dance festival. Madhavi nevertheless gives him support and encouragement and sets him on the mend. Balu, on the other hand, gradually develops a fondness for Madhavi as their relationship grows. Balu however hides his love for her, but eventually picks up the courage to express it, and discovers that while Madhavi shares his feelings, she is an already-married woman separated from her husband. The husband later returns to unite Madhavi and Balu but Balu decides to sacrifice his love showing respect for the institution of marriage.

The years pass by, and Balu, a disappointed man, had become an inconsolable alcoholic and a newspaper journalist/art critic. Meanwhile, Madhavi's husband dies, and she hears about Balu's condition as a desolate and ailing alcoholic. In a bid to revive his will to live and his passion for his art, she tends to his medical needs, through his friend, Raghu (Sarath Babu) and solicits Balu to be the dance master for her daughter, Sailaja (SP Sailaja).

The film ends with Madhavi's daughter's stage performance with Balu watching her in a wheelchair, his health having completely deteriorated. While watching the performance, he passes away. Raghu and Madhavi are seen taking him away quietly, without interrupting the performance, back to the hospital.





  • Director : K. Vishwanath
  • Writers: Jandhyala (dialogue) and K. Vishwanath (story)
  • Producer : Edida Nageshwara Rao
  • Original Music : Ilayaraja
  • Cinematography : P. S. Nivas
  • Film Editing : G.G. Krishna Rao
  • Art Direction : Thota Tharani
  • Makeup Department : Babu, R. Sundara Moorthy, M. Sathyam, Venkateswara Rao
  • Assistant Director : N.V. Vijay
  • Sound Department : Raghawachari, Ramaswamy
  • Camera and Electrical Department : K. Satyanarayana
  • Costume and Wardrobe Department : Surya Rao
  • Music Department : S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubramaniam S. P. Sailaja
  • Associate directors : Velagapudi Chandrasekar, Geetha Krishna
  • Publicity designer : Gangadhar, Panni, Soma
  • Choreographer : V. Seshu Parupalli
  • Production Companies : Poornodaya Movie Creations


Ilaiyaraaja won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for his musical work in this film, and the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer was awarded to S. P. Balasubramaniam for his vocal contributions to the soundtrack. A notable and popular song from the film is Thakitha Thadimi.

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. It also received accolades at the Asian Film Festival in both the "Best Movie" and "Best Actor" categories.

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