Tansen becomes orphan at a very young age and lives with his paternal uncle. He goes to a music teacher to learn music and returns to his native village after many years of training. The mughal emperor Akbar who was in search of a great singer to be appointed as one of his navaratnas locates Tansen for the job. Akbar is spell bounded by his singing talent. His presence at the court creates threat for other musicians who are jealous of him. There are many episodes that take place in the court as he becomes closer to the King.