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Directed byK. Viswanath
Written byK. Viswanath
Sainath Thotapalli (dialogues)
Produced byCh. Ramakrishna Reddy
N. Bhaskara Reddy
Ujjuri Chinaveerraju
Sarvadaman Banerjee
Moon Moon Sen
CinematographyM. V. Raghu
Edited byG. G. Krishna Rao
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Geetha Krishna Movie Combines
Release date
  • 5 June 1986 (1986-06-05)
Running time
181 minutes

Sirivennela (transl. Moonlight) is a 1986 Indian Telugu-language romance film written and directed by K. Viswanath. The film stars Suhasini, Sarvadaman Banerjee and Moon Moon Sen. The film has music composed by K. V. Mahadevan.

The film won five Nandi Awards.[2] The film was screened at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, the International Film Festival of India, the Moscow Film Festival and the AISFM Film Festival.[3][4] The film was shot in Jaipur and Kerala. The film has Hariprasad Chaurasia's flute rendering and a cameo of drummer Sivamani.[5] The film was dubbed in Tamil as Raaga Devathai.[6] Lyricist Seetharama Sastry derived his stage name Sirivennela from this film.


Hari Prasad (Sarvadaman Banerjee), a blind flutist lives along with his younger sister in a village near Jaipur, which is also a tourist attraction. Though he lacks knowledge of classical music, he plays the flute beautifully. He makes a living by playing it to for the tourists. One day, guide Jyothirmai (Moon Moon Sen) comes along with a bunch of tourists and listens to his flute. She understands his talent and helps him understand nature and to become a famous flutist. Years pass and Hari Prasad becomes Pandit Hari Prasad. Unknown to her, Hari Prasad admires her very much and dedicates all his albums to her. Meanwhile, a mute painter Subhashini (Suhasini) meets him in his village and falls for him.

Subhashini expresses her feelings through her paintings and gradually her brother understands her feelings for Hari Prasad. He approaches Hari Prasad's uncle with a marriage proposal. But at the same time Hari Prasad reveals his admiration for Jyothirmai. This shocks Jyothirmai as she previously worked as an escort to rich tourists. She tries to hint to Hari Prasad about her not so decent past, but is overwhelmed by his pure love and his disregard for her previous life. Though she admires him, she feels that she would taint him with her impure past. She tells Hari Prasad that she can't marry him as she already is engaged to a doctor. Hari Prasad takes it well as he always wanted Jyothirmai to be happy, and arranges her wedding.

On the wedding day, Jyothirmai commits suicide and requests in her last note that her eyes should be donated to Hari Prasad. She also requests that her funeral procession should appear like a marriage procession, and that her death should be hidden from Hari Prasad. Everyone acts like they are sending her to her in-laws. Hari Prasad keeps calm through all of this, and at last goes to the graveyard to say his final goodbye to Jyothirmai. He tells shocked Samyu that it's impossible to hide her death from him. The film ends with Hari Prasad and Subhashini mourning silently in the graveyard.



Sirivennela abounds in classical music composed by K. V. Mahadevan with flute renditions by the renowned flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia.[7] All songs were written by Seetharama Sastry. After the success of the soundtrack, he became popularly known as "Sirivennela" Seetharama Sastry. The music was released through Lahari music label.[1]

Track list[1]
1."Vidhaatha Thalapuna"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela6:53
2."Paatalo Paadalenidi"N. S. Prakash Rao, P. Susheela5:18
3."Chandamaama Raave"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela, B. Vasantha4:39
4."Merise Thaaraladheroopam"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:37
5."Polimera Daatipothunnaa"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, B. Vasantha1:20
6."Aadhi Bhikshuvu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:11
7."Ee Gaali Ee Nela"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela6:49
8."Prakruthi Kaanthaku"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:39
9."Chinuku Chinuku"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:55
10."Flute Music"Hariprasad Chaurasia4:07
Total length:42:28


Year Nominee / work Award Result
Nandi Awards 1986[8] Sirivennela Sitaramasastri
(for "Vidatha Talapuna")
Best Lyricist Won
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(for "Vidatha Talapuna")
Best Male Playback Singer Won
Moon Moon Sen Best Supporting Actress Won
Pandurangan Best Audiographer Won
M. V. Raghu Special Jury Award Won


  1. ^ a b c "Sirivennela". Archived from the original on 10 January 2022. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  2. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)
  3. ^ The films of K. Viswanath — AISFM Blog
  4. ^ Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (26 January 2012). "If music is the food of love, lyrics are the soul". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  5. ^ Sirivennela (1986) – Filming Locations – IMDb
  6. ^ "The Indian Express - Google News Archive Search".
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  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)

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