The evergreen K Viswanath classic Sankarabharanam (1979) is getting re-released in digital format on October 2. The music of the film by KV Mahadevan, is not only a chartbuster but is considered to be immortal.
The highlight of Sankarabharanam is its classical songs and the film dubbed into Tamil was as big hit as the Telugu original. It features 12 songs, and all of them have been reprised in the re-release version by singers who sang the original. The film is listed among CNN-IBN's list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.
Director K Viswanath speaking at re-launch function said: “I can never say that I directed this film. I always believe that God directed Sankarabharanam. It happens only once in a life time and the film cannot be remade. However now I’m glad that the original is being re-released.”
SP Balasubrahmanyam, who has rendered most of the songs, in the original was not a trained classical singer. But he became famous through the songs he sung for the film.
Sankarabharanam in its Tamil dubbed version was a blockbuster and ran for 100 days in many centres in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The film received four national awards.