Sarangadhara is a 1957 Telugu-language historical drama film, produced by T. Namadeva Reddy under the Minerva Pictures banner and directed by V. S. Raghavan, K. S. Ramachandra Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna in the lead roles and music composed by Ghantasala. The film was remade as the Tamil movie of the same title (1958).


The film begins, Raja Raja Narendra (S. V. Ranga Rao) ruling the Andhra kingdom, Raja Mahendravaram as his capital, his Queen Ratnangi (Santha Kumari) and son Sarangadhara (N. T. Rama Rao). He has two ministers Singanna (Gummadi), good samaritan, Ganganna (Mukkamala) a diabolic person and Nannaya Bhattaraka (Mikkilineni) is his personal poet who is translating Mahabharatam into Telugu. Sarangadhara learns ethical & royal moralities at him and gets expertise in all fields. During that time, some riots arise in the kingdom. Raja Raja doubts on Rangaraju, the ruler of Rangaseema, so, he sends Sarangadhara as an emissary along with his two friends Subuddhi (Chalam) son of Singanna and Mandavya (Relangi) an entertainer. In the forest, he acquainted with Chitrangi (Bhanumathi Ramakrishna) daughter of Rangaraju. Chitrangi loves him at first sight. Sarangadhara calms down Rangaraju and leaves back. Eventually, Raja Raja & Ratnangi get various portraits of princesses for Sarangadhara, they like Chitrangi and sends the portrait of Sarangadhara. After seeing it, Chitrangi happily agrees for the proposal. But Sarangadhara rejects the alliance because he is already in love with Kanakangi (Raja Sulochana) daughter of a king under their empire. Now Minister Ganganna ploys by spoiling Raja Raja's mind and lures him marry Chitrangi. So, Raja Raja sends his sword, instead of him and performs the marriage. After the truth is revealed, Rangaraju decides to declare the war but Chitrangi stops him and tells that she will take avenge in a soft manner.