Classic Indian Films
An NCPA-NFAI Presentation
Tamil/1957/B&W-Col /187 mins
This is the legendary tale of 11th-century court poet Kambar. The love story between the lower-caste poet Ambikapathy (Ganesan) and Princess Amaravati (Bhanumathi) is mapped on to a disagreement between Kambar, who is translating the Ramayana into Tamil, and his son and modern disciple, Ambikapathy, who critiques the translation for its acceptance of caste divisions. The spectacular end has the king challenging Ambikapathy to improvise 108 songs in praise of chaste love. The poet miscalculates and his last song is a passionate love song addressed to the princess, for which he is sentenced to death.
Direction & Dialogue by
Screenplay by Sakthi Krishnaswamy, Chinna Annamalai, M. Lakshmanan
Cast: P. Bhanumathi, Sivaji Ganesan, M.K. Radha, M.N. Nambiar & others
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. NCPA members will get preferential seating till 6.20 pm.