Sruthilayalu is a 1987 Telugu-language musical drama film, directed by K. Viswanath. The film stars Rajasekhar and Sumalatha[1] with soundtrack composed by K. V. Mahadevan.[2] It was released on 30 April 1987.[3] The film garnered eight Nandi Awards and aso won Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu. The film was premiered at the International Film Festival of India, and AISFM Film Festival.[4] The film was dubbed in Tamil as Isaikku Oru Koil.[5]

Directed byK. Viswanath
Written byK. Viswanath
Produced byKarunakar
Shanmukha Srinivas
CinematographySubba Rao G.V
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Release date
  • 30 April 1987 (1987-04-30)
Running time
160 minutes


The film revolves around the role of Naidu, a Carnatic musician and elder son Narayana Murthy who starts getting recognized in the world because of the music learned from Naidu and leaves everyone to fall into the worldly pleasures, forgetting his base roots. It is now the duty of Sita, the daughter-in-law of Naidu to bring these souls on track.

The film starts with Mr. Naidu, a great fan of music and traditional Indian fine arts. He wants his only son to become a great musician, but unfortunately he loses his son in a car accident.

Then he adopts three orphaned street children and teaches them Carnatic music so they can make his dream of building and starting an academy of fine arts come true. Sita is also a fan of music and loves Mr. Narayana. Naidu agrees for them to get married and Shankar, the second son marries a rich girl.

Naidu sends the three sons to city to earn sufficient money to start the construction of a Music academy named Sangeetha Bharathi. But all three forget the cause they come for once they get popularity in city and they get addicted to bad habits. They disrespect his father once and Narayana Murthy even tries to hit his pregnant wife. All this makes Mr. Naidu send the three sons away from home. Then Sita, the daughter-in-law takes the onus to make Mr. Naidu's dream come true. She makes her son Srinivas a great musician and dancer. After a long time, she returns to the city where her husband lives. There she gets Narayana Murthy to take interest in their son's talents without revealing herself to Narayana Murthy or his brother.

Narayana, who doesn't know his son, appreciates his talents well and accepts to teach him music. Sita makes the other two sons of Mr. Naidu also to concentrate on music through her son. She teaches them a lesson and they come to the realize what they did wrong.

In the end, all the sons come together and meet their father and ask for his forgiveness. He forgives them and they start afresh to try and establish the Music Academy which is later named as Sangeetha Bharathi



Soundtrack composed by K. V. Mahadevan was released through LEO music label.[3] Lyrics were written by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry while this film used songs of Annamacharya, Tyagaraja, Narayana Teertha and Shailendra.[3]

Track list[3]
1."Inni Raasula"AnnamacharyaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jayaram5:06
2."Aalokaye Sri Balakrishnam"Narayana TeerthaVani Jayaram4:53
3."Janaki Kaantha Smaranam"Traditional BhajanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:00
4."Telavaarademo Swamy (Female)"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryP. Susheela2:03
5."Thika Thika"Swarajathi TraditionalPurna Chander3:11
6."Sri Saaradaamba"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryS. Janaki4:12
7."Saamajavaragaana (Mandolin Beat)"TyagarajaS. P. Sailaja3:44
8."Telavaarademo Swamy (Male)"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryK. J. Yesudas3:05
9."Sri Gananaadam"Narayana TeerthaPurna Chander, S. Srinivas4:03
10."Kori Vacchitinayyaa"TyagarajaPurna Chander1:19
11."Mera Jootha Hai Japani"ShailendraS. Janaki0:59
12."Tanadu Varasatwamunu"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela4:32
13."Tandanaana Ahi"AnnamacharyaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:25
Total length:42:32


Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Nandi Awards Best Feature Film - Gold Producer: Karunakar, Sudhakar Won [6]
Best Actress Sumalatha Won
Best Director K. Viswanath Won
Best Music Director K. V. Mahadevan Won
Best Choreographer K. V. Satyanarayana Won
Best Lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry Won
Best Audiographer A. R. Swaminadhan Won
Best Child Actor Shanmukha Srinivas Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Director K. Viswanath Won [7]
Cine Goer's Film Awards Best Film Producer: Karunakar, Sudhakar Won [8]
Best Director K. Viswanath Won


  1. ^ "Talking talk shows". The Hindu. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Shruti Layalu (1987)". IMDb. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sruthilayalu". Archived from the original on 17 January 2022. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  4. ^ "The films of K. Viswanath". AISFM Blog. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  5. ^ "The Indian Express". 27 November 1987. p. 2.
  6. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964 - 2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964 - 2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. 13 March 2010. p. 28.
  7. ^ Santosh (5 February 2017). "35th Annual Filmfare Awards South Winners". Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Telugu 'cine goer's awards' presented". The Indian Express. 20 September 1988. p. 2.

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