Brinda (choreographer)

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  • choreographer
  • director
Years active1987–present
RelativesKala (sister)
Gayathri Raghuram (niece)
Prashanna (niece)

Brinda is an Indian dance choreographer who primarily works in South Indian cinema. She has choreographed dance sequences for various Indian films. She has won one National Film Award for Best Choreography,[1] Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Choreographer, twice and Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography, four times.[2]

Early life[edit]

Brindha was born into a family of seven girls to Mani Iyer, a caterer, and a homemaker in Erode.[3] An elder sister Jayanthi, first started dancing and acted as heroine in two films – Uthiripookkal and Poottatha Pookkal. Brindha's second sister Girija, learned Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra; and went to work with choreographers Thangam and later Raghuram Master, whom she married later, and also become an independent choreographer. Kala, a leading choreographer, is her youngest sister.[4][5]

One of her nephews, Prasanna Sujit, is also a film choreographer. One of her niece Gayathri Raghuram, daughter of late Raghuram Master and her sister Girija is also a choreographer and an actress. She has also introduced her another niece Keerthi, daughter of Jayanthi Master and wife of actor Shanthanu Baghyaraj, as an anchor in her dance reality show Maanada Mayilada.[6]


Through the Bollywood film Insaf Ki Pukar she started her career as an assistant choreographer in 1987.She became independent choreographer with the 2000 Tamil film Mugavaree which features Ajith Kumar and Jyothika in lead roles.She was awarded Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Choreographer by the state government at Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 2000 for her work for that film.

Selected filmography[edit]

Work role Ref.
Insaf Ki Pukar Assistant choreographer (1987)
Aakhari Poratam Assistant choreographer (1988)
Janaki Ramudu Assistant choreographer (1988)
Prem Pratigyaa Assistant choreographer (1989)
Phool Aur Kaante Assistant choreographer (1991)
Jaagruti Assistant choreographer (1993)
Nammavar Actress (1995)
Kaakha Kaakha Choreographer (2003)
Madurey Choreographer (2004)
Vaaranam Aayiram Choreographer (2010)
Maan Karate Choreographer (2014)
Kadal Choreographer (2013)
Bullett Raja Choreographer (2013)
PK Choreographer (2014)
Theri Choreographer (2016)
Gandhari Music Video

Director & Choreographer (2022)

Hey Sinamika Film director (2022) Directorial Debut[7][8]
Thugs Film director (2022) [9]

Awards and honours[edit]

Year Award Category Winner Ref.
1998 National Film Award for Best Choreography Daya [1]
1997 Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South Preminchukundam Raa [10]
2003 Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South Kaaka Kaaka [11]
2000 Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Choreographer Mugavaree [12]
2007 Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Choreographer Deepavali [2]
2005 Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography Udayananu Tharam
2007 Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography Vinodayathra
2008 Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography Calcutta News
2017 Vijay Award for Best Choreographer Kaatru Veliyidai
2019 Kerala State Film Award for Best Choreography Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "46th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b "amilnadu State Awards 2007 & 2008". Dinakaran. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Ethiraj, Gopal. (2009-09-21) Sunday celebrity:Kala Master: she is 'sagala Kala vallavi'. Asian Tribune. Retrieved on 2013-11-30.
  5. ^ Tamil movies : Dancing sisters' war dance against Sneha. (2006-07-07). Retrieved on 2013-11-30.
  6. ^ Metro Plus Kochi / People : She makes them dance to her tunes. The Hindu (2008-10-27). Retrieved on 2013-11-30.
  7. ^ "Dulquer Salmaan, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kajal Aggarwal's Hey Sinamika goes on floors". Indian Express. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Choreographer Brindha turns director, casts Dulquer Salmaan, Kajal Aggarwal and Aditi Rao Hydari".
  9. ^ "The title look of my next directorial #Thugs is here. With my team🤗". Twitter. 10 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 November 1999. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Pithamagan sweeps FilmFare Awards – Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 5 June 2004. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  13. ^ "50th Kerala State Film Awards: Winners list". The Indian Express. 13 October 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.

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