Konjum Salangai

Not to be confused with Konjum Kumari.
Konjum Salangai

Directed by M. V. Raman
Produced by M. V. Raman
Written by Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam
Starring Gemini Ganesan
R. S. Manohar
Kumari Kamala
Music by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Cinematography S. Harpeet
Edited by R. Bhaskaran
S. Muthu
Raman Productions
Distributed by Raman Productions
Release dates
  • 1962 (1962)
Running time
180 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Konjum Salangai (English: Enticing Anklets) is a 1962 Indian Tamil-language musical film directed by M. V. Raman. The film features Gemini Ganesan, Savitri, R. S. Manohar and Kumari Kamala in lead roles. The film, had musical score by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu and was released on 1962.[1] The film was dubbed into Telugu as Muripinche Muvvalu. This film was the first Tamil film to be fully taken in Technicolor.


A king Parthiban (Ramadas) gifts a rare anklet (salangai) to a dancer Aparajita (Kumari Madhuri). She incurs the displeasure of people who do not like a dancer having a hold over the kingdom. She begets the king’s son, Amarendran and hands him over to a priest along with the anklet. She dies after extracting a promise from him that the truth will be revealed at an appropriate time. Amarendran grows into a strong young man (Gemini Ganesan) interested in music, dancing and martial arts. One day, a special festival is arranged and the priest thinks it is time to reveal the secret. He carries the anklet in a wooden box, and while crossing a river in floods, he loses the anklet. It is found by Amarendran, who also rescues a dancer Mallika (Kumari Kamala) from the floods. He hands over the anklet to the king. Amarendran also happens to meet a beautiful singer Shantha (Savithri), who falls in love with him. Mallika impresses the king, is subsequently appointed the court dancer and gets the anklet as a gift. In another dance competition, Mallika dances with Kamavalli (Kushalakumari) and the anklet gets stolen due to a conspiracy. The villain Nagadevan (Manohar) lusts after Mallika. How Amarendran and Shantha are united forms the rest of the story.




Konjum Salangai was shot in 41 different sets at three studios Newtone Studios and Narasu Studios in Madras, and Raman Studio in Bombay.[2] It was processed in London under the direct supervision of Raman.[3] The budget of the film was 4 million (equivalent to 240 million or US$3.6 million in 2016).[4]


The music was composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu while the lyrics for songs were written by Kannadasan, Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam, and V. Seetharaman.[5] One of the songs from this film "Singara Velane" was well received and provided breakthrough for S. Janaki who sang the song, Nadaswaram portions for the song was played by Karaikurichi Arunachalam.[3][6] Regarding the recording of the song, the singing by Janaki was recorded at the Raman Studio in Bombay, while the nadaswaram portions were recorded in Madras, and the two tracks were mixed.[3][7] The song is based on Abheri raga.[8] Another song "Orumuraiyudan" is based on Bilahari raga.[9]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Brahman Thaalam Radha - Jayalakshmi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kannadasan 09:57
2 Dance Music Instrumental 04:44
3 Dhinamidhuve Radha - Jayalakshmi, S. C. Krishnan Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam 02:10
4 Kaana Kankodi Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi V. Seetharaman 05:12
5 Kadhal Geetham T. M. Soundararajan Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam 03:24
6 Konjum Salangai Oli P. Leela 03:50
7 Orumaiyudan Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kannadasan 03:25
8 Singara Velanedeva S. Janaki, Gemini Ganesan Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam 06:14
9 Vasantha kaala thendralil P.Susheela Kannadasan 03:25
10 Konjum Salangai oli- ver2 P.Susheela Ku.Ma.Balasubramaniyam 03:25


Konjum Salangai was released outside India with the original having subtitles in more than 22 languages by a British company. It was also dubbed into other languages and received a fair amount of notice from critics.[2] The film marked a record for being the first Tamil film to be exhibited in Poland with a dubbed version.[10][11]


  1. "Konjum Salangai". spicyonion. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  2. 1 2 The Illustrated Weekly of India: 1962, Volume 83, Issue 1
  3. 1 2 3 Randor Guy (23 May 2015). "Konjum Salangai 1962". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  4. "கொஞ்சும் சலங்கை" [Enticing Anklets] (PDF) (songbook) (in Tamil). Devi Films. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  5. "Konjum Salangai Songs". raaga. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  6. Timeless Voice - The Hindu
  7. Memorable Notes - The Hindu
  8. A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri
  9. Morning ragas - The Hindu
  10. "This day that age". The Hindu. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  11. "The first Tamil film in Poland?". The Times of India. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2015.

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