Chennai:The Telugu cult classic Sankarabharanam was a sleeper hit when released 36 years back. It is getting digitalised replete with DI and colour correction and dubbed in Tamil. Even though the movie was released as a straight Telugu film in Tamil Nadu, it created a record at the box-office.
Till today, the film is considered to be one of the best to emerge from Tollywood, having won several national and state awards besides being showcased at various international film festivals.
The film which starred Somayajulu, Manju Bhargavi, Rajalakshmi, Thulasi and Chandramohan had 12 songs and its success was hugely credited to its alluring Carnatic based numbers by K.V.Mahadevan. Directed by ace K.Vishwanath, all the songs were recently rendered and recorded in Tamil by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jayaram and S. Janaki.
Sources from the studio revealed that S.P. Balasubramanian who won the National Award for the title song was emotional and literally cried during the recording. Having sung four songs, it is learnt that the ace singer did not demand any money for the Tamil version and did it almost free.
The soundtrack led to an increase in usage of Indian classical music in Indian cinema. Ratnam of T.N.Arts is bringing the Tamil version to audiences. The audio is being launched soon, where insiders say SPB will be singing live on stage at Satyam Cinemas.