Kalyana Mandapam

Kalyana Mandapam (transl. Wedding Hall) is a 1971 Telugu-language film produced and directed by V. Madhusudhan Rao. A remake of Puttanna Kanagal's Gejje Pooje (1969),[1] the film features Sobhan Babu and Kanchana in the lead roles; Kongara Jaggaiah, Anjali Devi, and Gummadi Venkateswara Rao play key supporting roles. P. Adinarayana Rao composed the fiolm's soundtrack and score, and S. Venkatarathnam handled the cinematography. The film was a commercial success, completing a 100-day run.[1]

Kalyana Mandapam
Kalyana Mandapam poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. Madhusudhan Rao
Produced byV. Madhusudhan Rao
Based onGejje Pooje (1969)
by Puttanna Kanagal
StarringSobhan Babu
Kongara Jaggaiah
Anjali Devi
Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
Music byP. Adinarayana Rao
CinematographyS. Venkatarathnam
Distributed byAnjali Pictures
Release date


Annapurna, a devadasi, aspires to lead a normal married life.[a] She falls in love with Chandrasekhar, a musician, and begets a child named Chandramukhi. As Chandrasekhar fails to return to her, Annapurna is pressurised by her mother Ranganayaki to be a rich man's mistress. Annapurna accepts, and aims to help Chandramukhi lead a respectable married life when she grows up. The rich man moves Annapurna's family to Rajahmundry, where Chandramukhi meets Avadhani, a scholar with progressive outlook. She considers him her master, and befriends his children Ramu and Lalitha.

Fifteen years later, Ramu promises to marry Chandramukhi. One day, Chandrasekhar, who happens to be Avadhani's childhood friend, comes to meet him and ends up visiting Annapurna's place that night. He explains to her the circumstance that led him to marry another woman. While Chandramukhi is happy to find her father, Chandrasekhar requests her not to let out the secret that he is her biological father. Seeing Chandramukhi with Chandrasekhar from his window, not knowing that he is her biological father, Ramu misunderstands her and agrees to marry the latter's daughter, whoi happens to be his legal heir. Chandramukhi accepts her fate, and agrees to be initiated into the family tradition of being a devadasi. Later, she kills herself at a temple by swallowing the diamond in the ring gifted by Chandrasekhar.


  • Adinarayana as young Ramu
  • Sridevi as young Chandramukhi
  • Brahmaji as young Lalitha


  • Chukkalu Pade Subha Mantram (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri) -
  • Piliche Varunte Palikenu Nenu -
  • Sarigama Padanisa Nidapa Magarisa Ani Palikevarunte (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri) -


  1. ^ In South India, a devadasi was a woman who was dedicated to worship and serve a deity or a temple for the rest of her life.[2]


  1. ^ a b Narasimham, M. L. (30 November 2019). "A tribute to VMR's 1971 Telugu superhit 'Kalyana Mantapam'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 December 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Donors, Devotees, and Daughters of God: Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu - Reviews in History". History.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2018.

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