Sathi Ahalya

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Sathi Ahalya
Directed by T. R. Sundaram
Produced by T. R. Sundaram
Based on Ahalya
by Hindu mythology
Starring K. Thavamani Devi
S. D. Subbaiah
Music by R. Balusami
Release date
  • 10 March 1937 (1937-03-10) (India)
Running time
2:35:33 (14,000 ft.)
Country India
Language Tamil

Sathi Ahalya is a 1937 Indian, Tamil language film directed by T. R. Sundaram.[2] The film featured K. Thavamani Devi as Ahalya in her debut role.


The film depicts the story of Ahalya, wife of Gautama Maharishi, as told in Hindu mythology. Ahalya was turned into a stone by her husband as she was said to be unfaithful to him. However, she gets back to her own self when Rama's feet touches the stone.


  • K. Thavamani Devi
  • S. D. Subbaiah
  • T. M. Sankaran
  • Thulasi Bai
  • S. V. Thaththachari
  • S. S. Sakunthala


This is the first film produced by Modern Theatres shot in their own studios.[3] It is noteworthy that 117 films were made in this studio from 1937 till 1982 including the first full length Tamil colour film Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum (1956 film).[4]


R. Balusami composed the music while the lyrics were penned by Baskaradas. There is no evidence of any existing records or details of songs. K. Thavamani Devi was an accomplished singer and dancer. It is quite possible that she sang several songs for the film.


  1. ^ Film News Anandan (23 October 2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [History of Landmark Tamil Films] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivakami Publishers. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha & Paul Willemen. Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1998. p. 639. - written as Sati Ahalya
  3. ^ "Founder of Modern Theatres remembered". The Hindu. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  4. ^ "It is curtains for tinsel world's dream factory". The Hindu. 8 March 2004. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
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