Raghava Lawrence in 2015
29 October 1976
|Other names||Raghavendra Lawrence|
|Occupation||Actor, Film & Short Film Director, Dancer, Choreographer, and Philanthropist|
Raghava Lawrence is an Indian choreographer who has also appeared in films as an actor, director, composer and playback singer. After making his debut as a choreographer in 1993, he began looking for acting opportunities. He began his career as an actor in 1998, in a Telugu film, aged 22. He adopted the name "Raghava" in 2001, and worked for many prominent actors and directors in Tamil cinema throughout his career. He got his breakthrough with Telugu film Style and then Muni. Lawrence is also known for his intricate hip-hop and westernised dance moves and has won four Filmfare Awards and three Nandi Awards for best choreography. In 2015, after the death of former Indian president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Lawrence set up a charity trust in his name and donated 1 crore to it.
Lawrence had brain tumor when he was a child and rarely went to school. He became an ardent devotee of the deity, Raghavendra Swamy and added god's name to his name and reverted to Hinduism. He built the Raghavendra Swamy Brindavanam Temple at Thirumullaivayal on the Avadi-Ambattur route, which opened from 1 January 2010.
He was working as a car cleaner for fight master Super Subbarayan. Rajinikanth saw him dancing and helped him to join the Dancers Union. Chiranjeevi offered him the job of choreographing the dances for Hitler. Pleased with Lawrence's work, Chiranjeevi asked him to choreograph dances for Master, his next film too.
Lawrence first appeared in a song in "Samsara Sangeetham" a Tamil film in 1989 directed by T. Rajendran. Then he appeared in Donga Police in 1991, also doing some dances with Prabhu Deva. He was a background dancer in the song Chikku Bukku Chikku Bukku Railey in Gentleman. He also appeared in dance sequences in Muta Mesthri, Rakshana and Allari Priyudu. Producer T V D Prasad offered him the role of a hero in his venture Speed Dancer. That film was a flop. After that he acted in 2 Tamil films as hero and those films also flopped. Director K. Balachander invited him to act in his 100th film Parthale Paravasam. He got his breakthrough with the Muni film series.
He did many social service activities in which he has aided many heart surgeries for babies. He was also one among the supporters for the Jallikattu protest in Tamil Nadu in January 2017, who provided food, medicine and basic needs to the protesters and also promised to them that he will support them till the protests are over. He asked for an appointment with kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to donate 1 crore as relief fund for the kerala flood victims 
|Mass||2004||Telugu||Debut film as Director|
|Don||2007||Telugu||Also music composer|
|Muni 2: Kanchana||2011||Tamil|
|Rebel||2012||Telugu||Also music composer|
|Muni 3: Kanchana 2: Ganga||2015||Tamil|
|Muni 4: Kanchana 3||2019||Tamil|
|Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven||2000||Tamil||Ganapathi|
|Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam||2010||Tamil||Singam, Singaram|
|Muni 2: Kanchana||2011||Tamil||Raghava|
|Muni 3: Kanchana 2||2015||Tamil||Raghava, Shiva|
|Motta Siva Ketta Siva||2017||Tamil||Shivakumar||Also playback singer for song "Motta Paiyan"|
|Muni 4: Kanchana 3||2019||Tamil||Shiva||Filming|
|Gentleman||"Chikku Bukku Rayile"||1993||Tamil|
|Mutha Mestri||"Ee Pettakku"||1993||Telugu|
|Thai Thangai Paasam||"Roopu Tera Masthana"||1995||Tamil|
|Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven||"Sollu Thalaiva"||2000||Tamil|
|Kshemamga Velli Labhamga Randi||"Lovvuki Age"||2000||Telugu|
|Chala Bagundi||"Yentabagundi Basu"||2000||Telugu|
|Varushamellam Vasantham||"Naan Ready Neenga Readya"||2002||Tamil|
|Ninne Istapaddanu||"Krishna Zilla"||2003||Telugu|
|Pen Singam||"Adi Aadi Asaiyum Edupu"||2010||Tamil|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||"Live The Moment"||2015||Tamil|
|Khaidi No. 150||"Ratthaalu"||2017||Telugu|
As a playback singer
|Motta Motta Paiyyan||2017||Motta Siva Ketta Siva||Viveka|
As a Music Composer
- Masthaana Masthaana Part II (2007)
- Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South – Annayya – Telugu (2000)
- Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South – Paarthale Paravasam – Tamil (2001)
- Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South – Indra – Telugu (2002)
- Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South – Style – Telugu (2006)
- Nandi Award for Best Choreographer – Annayya – Telugu (2000)
- Nandi Award for Best Choreographer – Indra – Telugu (2002)
- Nandi Award for Best Choreographer – Style – Telugu (2006)
- Manidha Neyam Award – (2015)
- Extraordinary Performance (Male) – Kanchana 2 – Tamil (2015)
- "Lawrence donates 1cr". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015.
- "Raghava Lawrence launches Abdul Kalam Trust, donates Rs 1 cr". Hindustan Times. August 4, 2015.
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- "Rediff on the Net, Movies: India rubber". Rediff. 25 April 1998. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- TeluguCinema.Com – TC Exclusive: Interview with choreographer-director Lawrence. telugucinema.com. 11 February 2005
- Expresso, Team. "Rajini's spiritual suggestion". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Metro Plus Kochi / Music : My First Break – Raghava Lawrence". The Hindu. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Raghava Lawrence helped a child in heart surgery".
- "Page 1 of Raghava Lawrence Helped 128th Heart Surgery , Raghava Lawrence Helped 128th Heart Surgery Photos".
- "Raghava Lawrence helped a child in heart surgery, 128th heart surgery done by Raghava Lawrence — Serials online SunTv VijayTv Polimer RajTv News". 15 March 2016.
- "Music Director: Raghava Lawrence". Music India Online. Retrieved 27 October 2018.