Kamaladalam (transl. Lotus petal) is a 1992 Indian Malayalam-language musical drama film written by A. K. Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil, starring Mohanlal, Murali, Vineeth, Nedumudi Venu, Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair, Monisha, Parvathy Jayaram and Sukumari. The film was produced by Mohanlal through his company Pranavam Arts and features original songs composed by Raveendran with a background score by Johnson. The story was inspired by the Telugu film Sagara Sangamam directed by K. Viswanath.

Directed bySibi Malayil
Written byA. K. Lohithadas
Produced byMohanlal
Parvathi Jayaram
Edited byL. Bhoominathan
Music byRaveendran (Songs)
Johnson (Score)
Distributed bySeven Arts Release
Release date
  • 27 March 1992 (1992-03-27)
Running time
150 minutes


Nandagopan is an alcoholic and finds faults in everyone’s performances at the Kerala Kala Mandiram (alluding to the famed Kerala Kalamandalam repertory, which performs Kerala's temple arts). Malavika, a bharatanatyam student is well renowned for her dancing skills, but still is ridiculed by Nandagopan multiple times. Other students are also not happy with his attitude. Soman is also a student of the Kala Mandiram, and is in love with Malavika.

A few days later, the institution decides to have Malavika's Arangettam. On the day of the performance, Nandagopan decides to test her focus and creates chaos, she immediately stops and the whole Arangettam doesn't happen. All the students strike, and Nandagopan apologises to everyone. One day when Malavika asks him to stop drinking, he tells her his story.

Nandagopan is a respected dance teacher at the Kerala Kala Mandiram (alluding to the famed Kerala Kalamandalam repertory, which performs Kerala's temple arts). However, his life turned upside down when his wife Sumangala committed suicide as a result of a heated spat between them, during which Nandagopan challenged Sumangala that he wouldn't care if she died and that he would be much relieved if she were dead. A broken-hearted Sumangala taking his words seriously, alighted herself on fire. Nandagopan's efforts to save her were in vain. People blame him for her actions and he turns into an alcoholic. He had specially composed Sita Ramayana for his wife and now she is dead. Later Malavika decides to perform it.

Meanwhile, while the closeness of the Nandagopan and Malavika increases there are many rumours. Soman is unhappy with this development and decides to kill off Nandagopan. On the day Malavika's program he mixes pesticide in a drink and passes it on to Nandagopan.

By the time he realizes they have a teacher-student relationship , and nothing else, he tries to reach Nandagopan on time. But it is too late and Nandagopan dies in the arms of Soman and Malavika and he dies, imagining Sumangala calling him to her.



Soundtrack album by
LabelSatyam Audios
ProducerPranavam Arts

The acclaimed soundtrack of this movie was composed by Raveendran, for which the acclaimed lyrics were penned by Kaithapram and Alaipayuthey by Oothukkadu Venkatasubba Iyer.

Track Song Title Singer(s) Raga
1 "Premodaaranay" K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra Kambhoji
2 "Alaipayuthey" Kanhangad Ramachandran Kanada
3 "Sayanthanam" K. J. Yesudas Maand
4 "Aananda Nadanam" Latha Raju Bilahari
5 "Aananda Nadanam" K. J. Yesudas Raagamalika (Bilahari, Hindolam, Darbari Kanada, Devagandhari, Sankarabharanam)
6 "Kamaladalam Mizhiyil" M. G. Sreekumar, Sujatha Raagamalika (Shanmukhapriya, Mohanam)
7 "Sayanthanam" K. S. Chithra Maand
8 "Jayagajamukhane" Kanhangad Ramachandran Atana, Amritavarshini
9 "Sumuhoorthamaay" K. J. Yesudas Ragamalika (Hamsadhwani, Abhogi, Saramati, Hamsanandi, Madhyamavathi)



The film was a critical and commercial success. The film had a 150-day run in Kerala. The performances of Mohanlal, Parvathy, Vineeth and Monisha were well received. It was one of the last films acted by Monisha before her death.[1] This film was one of the biggest hits in Parvathy's career.[2]


Kerala Film Chamber Award


  1. ^ "Musical hits of Malayalam film industry". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  2. ^ Gopalakrishnan, Aswathy (29 April 2018). "'Cinema Might Not Be Making Use Of Classical Dance Forms, But They Have a Growing Audience': Parvathy". Silverscreen India. Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Kerala Film Chamber Award 1992". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Kerala Film Chamber Award 1992". YouTube.

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