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Kavirathna Kalidasa

(ಕವಿರತ್ನ ಕಾಳಿದಾಸ)
5th February 1983- Drama, Fantasy
A shepherd becomes a gifted poet by the blessings of Goddess

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Movie Details

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Movie NameKavirathna Kalidasa
Original Language Nameಕವಿರತ್ನ ಕಾಳಿದಾಸ
Alternative NamesKaviratna Kalidasa ,
English TranslationPoet Kalidasa
Release Date5th February 1983
Languages Kannada
StorylineA shepherd becomes a gifted poet by the blessings of Goddess
Story SummaryThe kingdom's chief minister wants his son to marry the king's daughter, Princess Vidyadhare. When he expresses his wish to the king, he is ridiculed. Instead, the king orders him to search for a "Sakala Vidya Paarangatha" groom for his daughter. Vowing to take revenge against the insult, the minister goes in search of a foolish groom.

Kalidasa, a humble shepherd / Kuruba is shown rearing his sheep. Convinced of his stupidity, the minister charms Kalidasa to accompany him to the palace, so that Kalidasa can marry the princess. Coached by the minister, Kalidasa excels in the tests conducted by Vidyadhare (Jaya Pradha). The minister is shrewd enough to teach a key sentence to Kalidasa. If he can't answer a question, Kalidasa must utter "heluvudakkU, kEluvudakku, idu samayavalla" ("This isn't the right time to question or answer.")

Vidyadhare is fooled by Kalidasa's brilliance and marries him. However, the truth comes out during the first night. Shattered, Vidyadhare locks Kalidasa in the palace temple and gets him to demand "vidyaabuddhi" (knowledge and wisdom) from the goddess Kali. In a mystical scene, Vidyadhare loses consciousness, while Kalidasa is blessed with vidyaabuddhi. Kalidasa is shown walking away from the palace-temple, implying his casting off his earlier ignorance and walking away from his previous life. Vidyadhare regains consciousness and goes in search of her husband.

Kalidasa, now a renowned poet, is one of the astadiggajas (eight great poets including dandi) in the court of King Bhoja (Srinivasa Murthy), much to the ire of the elder poet Musuri Krishnamurthy. Bhoja pleads with his dear friend Kalidasa to write a charama geethe (burial song) for him. Kalidasa refuses, since Bhoja is sure to die once he hears the song. Vidyadhare rests at a prostitute Kalaadhare's home and catches Kalidasa's attention. Vidyadhare is pleased to see her husband, but Kalidasa is unaware of his former life. Kalidasa composes his best work Abhignaanashaakuntala with romantic interests on vidyadhare.

Bhoja can't bear the fact that his aptamitra (intimate friend) Kalidasa is in the company of a prostitute. The differences lead to Kalidasa parting ways with Bhoja and walking out of his court. Dimdima kavi, who is blessed with a dindima from the goddess Saraswati, throws a literary challenge to Bhoja's ashtadiggajas, asking them to complete his shloka with the answer. Bhoja recalls his friend, when none can answer the question, kamale kamlotpattitih (lotus within a lotus). Shamed Bhoja announces that he will donate half of his kingdom to anyone who solves the puzzle. Kalaadhare gets the answer from Kalidasa and poisons him. She walks into royal court, to claim half kingdom. She answers, "Eye lotuses in the face lotus of my lady."

Dimdima kavi, who could silence herds of laureates with his dimdima, catches her fault, asking when she herself is a lady, how can she say "milady." He announces that other than Kalidasa no one can answer this puzzle. Bhoja rushes the guards to Kalaadhare's house, only to find the dead body of Kalidasa. Bhoja also learns the truth from Vidyadhare: Kalidasa was her husband. Bhoja pledges to Vidyadhare that he'll get her husband back to her and prays to the goddess Kali to donate his half life to Kalidasa. When Kalidasa awakes to life, Bhoja hides himself and tricks him to sing "charama geethe." Bhoja dies once his friend has completed the song.

The onus is now on Kalidasa to get his friend back to life; the only way is the divine intervention. He prays his heart out to the goddess Kali, who is touched by the love and affection Kalidasa and Bhoja bestow on each other. The goddess blesses both Kalidasa and Bhoja with long lives. The movie ends with Kalidasa reuniting with Vidyadhare.
Run Time181 Mins

Movie Crew

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Music DirectorM Ranga Rao
ProducerV S Govindu, Smt Saraswathi Srinivas, V S Murali
Executive ProducerVikram Srinivas
CinematographyV K Kannan
Writer (Lyrics)Chi Udaya Shankar
Writer (Dialogue)Chi Udaya Shankar
Film EditingP G Mohan
Assistant DirectorGovindaraju, T Chikkanna Kampli
Art DirectorNagaraja Rao, Peketi Ranga
ChoreographyD Venugopal
MakeupVenkateshwara Rao(Jayaprada), Doreswamy Naidu, vishwanath, Muguru P Guru
Playback SingerDr Rajkumar, P B Srinivas, Vani Jairam, Poornachandra
Production ManagerVikram Srinivas
CostumeP Venkatarao, Krishna rao(Jayaprada), Y Venkatarao
Publicity DesignGangadhar
Director (Associate)H V Nagendrappa, Kundani Sathyan
Production (Banner)Anandalakshmi Enterprises
StuntsM G Subbayya
PresenterDr Rajkumar
Sound Recording (Songs)N Pandurangam, Ameer
Sound Recording (Dialogues)Sampath
Sound Recording (Rerecording)N Pandurangam

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