చర్చ:త్యాగయ్య (1946 సినిమా)
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One of the best telugu films ever!, 23 November 2000
Author: Kamesh Medepalli
Tyagiah/Thyagayya is a soul stirring film about the truly extra-ordinary life of Saint Thyagaraja. The movie stands out to be in the all time best because of the deeply moving portrayal of Thyagrabrahma by Chittoori Nagayya.
The movie achieves the magic by having Nagayya sing for himself the songs composed by Thyagabrahma. The movie is a solid proof for the importance of screenplay and acting in a movie. The film is also a big credit to the skills of Nagayya - as a director, actor, singer and producer! I was amazed to see the "appropriate" usage of lighting throughout the movie..the film was made in 1946, there were barely any advanced techniques in the industry. The film was still made amazingly well.
Regarding the storyline of the film, it runs in a semi-documentary style narrating the key happenings in the life of the "Brahma" of Carnatic Music. It captures the societal norms in the late 18th century, how many of the musicians used to seek the patronage of the kings and more importantly how Thyagabrahma was seeking the patronage of only Lord Rama. It depicts Thyagabrahma as not just a devotee of Lord Rama but also as a husband, brother, student and teacher.
The most valuable part of the film is the soundtrack itself. It is totally amazing to hear Nagayya sing the Thyagaraja Krithis with the devotion and clarity that is way beyond those of the more well-known Carnatic singers. Thyagaraja's music is very famous for the blend of rAgam-thAlam-pallavi. On top of this mix is the sheer devotion for Lord Rama. Thyagaraja composed his music as a way of praising the glories of Lord Rama and as a way of seeking his patronage. This key aspect of Thyagaraja's music combined with the homogeneous mix of rAgam-thAlam-pallavi and the right pronunciation of telugu words is missing in the standard renditions by Carnatic music stalwarts like Mangalampalli Bala Murali Krishna, T.N. Seshagopalan, Maharajapuram Santhaanam or even Semangudi! This itself is a great achievement for Nagayya.
I cannot but break into tears each time I see the absolute ecstasy [a word often misused] in Thayabrahma when he is finally blessed by Lord Rama.
The movie starts with a disclaimer saying the script was written based on the information provided by people who were,
in some way or the other, involved with Thyagaraja's life and thanks them for their input. This is something extra-ordinary for films made in those days.
If you are looking for a movie which will move every cell in your body through absolutely great music and devotion...this is it!!