Thyagayya (1982)

Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 140 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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Based on the true story of a celebrated singer who lived in the 19th century, this film starts with praises of the singer who had such a good voice, and was so devoted to the Hindu god Rama that he was granted visions of the god and his retinue. The holy singer and his band of followers give recitals for a living, and also received donations. When his more worldly brother pressures him to sing for royalty, the man refuses because he does not want to detract from his own spiritual goals in life. Angry at his refusal, the brother's wife breaks the singer's image of Rama - and as a result, the man falls into despair, wandering aimlessly as his wife mourns his absence. Finally, Rama and his attendants miraculously come to the singer's aid, and he returns home to his wife, only to find that she has died. Not able to go back to the life he once lived, he decides to leave home, and never again settle in one place.