|Directed by||K. Viswanath|
|Written by||K. Vishwanath (story)
K. Vishwanath (screenplay)
Jandhyala (Dialogues )
Sakshi Ranga Rao
|Music by||K. V. Mahadevan|
|Running time||130 min|
Swati Kiranam (Telugu: స్వాతి కిరణం) is a 1992 Telugu Musical hit film directed by K. Vishwanath Produced by V.Madhusudhana Rao. The movie starred Mammootty, Master Manjunath, and Radhika. The movie is about an egoistic music teacher unable to tolerate the extraordinary talent of his prodigious young disciple. The film was show cased among the Indian panorama section, at the 1992 International Film Festival of India
The film starts with a shabby old man living as a recluse near a famous temple. When he ventures out into the village, he is beaten by the farmers who believe that he is the one who was kidnapping children and killing them some time ago. When they hand him over to the police, the officer in charge identifies him as a once famous musician, Anantha Sharma, hailed as Sangeeta Samrat (Emperor of music), who has been missing for four years. The inspector RadhaKrishna (Achyuth) informs his aunt (who teaches music in his native village) of this and the past of Anantha Sharma is narrated through flashback.
Ananta Sharma is a widely respected Carnatic singer with a large ego. This is established when he rejects the Padma Shri bestowed upon him by the Government of India, as he believes that the other awardees are not worthy to be mentioned with him.
Gangadhar (Master Manjunath) lives in the same village. He rejects the society's norms (taking music classes and going to school) and spends his time sitting by the riverside. The river inspires him to sing many songs in different tunes. His music teacher, also the policeman's aunt, recognizes his natural talent and tries to nurture it. His school teacher (the music teacher's husband) is also fond of Gangadhar.
Gangadhar wants to become a great singer like Ananta Sharma and his father (Dharmavarupu Subrahmanyam) encourages him. His day comes when Anantha Sharma is honored in an auditorium. Gangadhar sings a song ("Aanathi Neeyara") in honor of Anantha Sharma which many consider to be much better than any of Anantha Sharma's work. The boy is hailed as a child prodigy by everyone, including the music teacher's wife.
Ananta Sharma wants to imprison Gangadhar's talents. So he asks Gangadhar to stay in his house and learn music as one must be well-experienced to sing on stage. He goes to the extent of copying one of his tunes and he sings it on stage to get back his lost glory. But Gangadhar and Ananta's wife find out. He now feels guilty and defends himself by saying that he did it as he was afraid this child would destroy his name and fame.
In this emotional moment, he suffers a heart-attack. To show his gratitude towards his adopted mother (Radhika), Gangadhar kills himself. For this means that there is no competition for Anantha Sharma's title of "Sangeeta Samrat." But the event shocks the villagers and they start calling him a murderer. To escape the public anger and insults, he runs away to be a recluse.
Ananta Sharma is still unconscious while in the police station. When he awakes, he finds himself in the house of Gangadhar's music teacher. The husband of music teacher tells him that they have forgiven him and asks him to go back to his house. At his house, he finds his wife (Radhika) conducting music classes in his house (an institute named 'Gangadhar Music Academy') for little children.
He sits down amongst the children learning the music basics from his wife. The movie ends with a scene when a young girl next to him chides him gently by correcting his way of singing a basic song note.
|Aanathi Neeyara||Vani Jayaram|
|Jaliga Jabilamma||Vani Jayaram & Chithra|
|Konda Konallo||Vani Jayaram|
|Om Guru||Vani Jayaram|
|Pranati Pranati||Vani Jayaram|
|Shruti Neevu||Vani Jayaram & Chithra|
|Teli Manchu||Vani Jayaram|
Vani Jayaram won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Aanathi Neeyara"