Raghava Lawrence

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Raghava Lawrence
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Raghava Lawrence in 2015

(1976-10-29) 29 October 1976 (age 42)
Other namesRaghavendra Lawrence
OccupationActor, 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.[1][2]


Lawrence had brain tumor when he was a child and rarely went to school.[3][4][5] He became an ardent devotee of the deity, Raghavendra Swamy and added god's name to his name and reverted to Hinduism.[4] He built the Raghavendra Swamy Brindavanam Temple at Thirumullaivayal on the Avadi-Ambattur route, which opened from 1 January 2010.[6]

He was working as a car cleaner for fight master Super Subbarayan.[4] Rajinikanth saw him dancing and helped him to join the Dancers Union.[4][7] 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.[4]

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.[4] He also appeared in dance sequences in Muta Mesthri, Rakshana and Allari Priyudu.[4] Producer T V D Prasad offered him the role of a hero in his venture Speed Dancer.[4] That film was a flop.[3] After that he acted in 2 Tamil films as hero and those films also flopped.[3] Director K. Balachander invited him to act in his 100th film Parthale Paravasam.[7] He got his breakthrough with the Muni film series.

Social service[edit]

He did many social service activities in which he has aided many heart surgeries for babies.[8][9][10] 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.[11] He asked for an appointment with kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to donate 1 crore as relief fund for the kerala flood victims[12] [13]



Film Year Language Notes
Mass 2004 Telugu Debut film as Director
Style 2006 Telugu
Muni 2007 Tamil
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


Film Year Language Role Notes
Speed Dancer 1999 Telugu Seenu
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven 2000 Tamil Ganapathi
Parthen Rasithen 2000 Tamil Doss
Parthale Paravasam 2001 Tamil Azhagu
Arpudham 2002 Tamil Ashok Kumar
Style 2002 Tamil Rishaanth
Thendral 2004 Tamil Kumar
Style 2006 Telugu Raghava
Muni 2007 Tamil Ganesh
Don 2007 Telugu Raghava
Pandi 2008 Tamil Pandi
Rajadhi Raja 2009 Tamil Raja
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"
Shivalinga 2017 Tamil Shivalingeswaran
Muni 4: Kanchana 3 2019 Tamil Shiva Filming


Film Song Year Language Notes
Uzhaippali "Uzhaippali Illatha" 1993 Tamil
Gentleman "Chikku Bukku Rayile" 1993 Tamil
Mutha Mestri "Ee Pettakku" 1993 Telugu
Chinna Madam 1994 Tamil
Thai Thangai Paasam "Roopu Tera Masthana" 1995 Tamil
Amarkalam "Maha Ganapathi" 1999 Tamil
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven "Sollu Thalaiva" 2000 Tamil
Kshemamga Velli Labhamga Randi "Lovvuki Age" 2000 Telugu
Chala Bagundi "Yentabagundi Basu" 2000 Telugu
Thirunelveli "Yele Azhagamma" 2000 Tamil
Asura "Maha Ganapathi" 2001 Kannada
Varushamellam Vasantham "Naan Ready Neenga Readya" 2002 Tamil
Roja Kootam "Subbamma" 2002 Tamil
Baba "Maya Maya" 2002 Tamil
Ninne Istapaddanu "Krishna Zilla" 2003 Telugu
Satyam "Kuch Kuch" 2003 Telugu
Naaga "Nayudori Pilla" 2003 Telugu
Andhrawala "Naire Naire" 2003 Telugu
Pudhiya Geethai "Annamalai" 2003 Tamil
Thirumalai "Thaamthakka Dheemthakka" 2003 Tamil
Mass "Mass" 2004 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[edit]

Song(s) Year Film Composer
Motta Motta Paiyyan 2017 Motta Siva Ketta Siva Viveka

As a Music Composer[edit]

Year Film
2007 Don
2012 Rebel


  • Masthaana Masthaana Part II (2007)


Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
Edison Awards
  • Manidha Neyam Award – (2015)
  • Extraordinary Performance (Male) – Kanchana 2 – Tamil (2015)


  1. ^ "Lawrence donates 1cr". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Raghava Lawrence launches Abdul Kalam Trust, donates Rs 1 cr". Hindustan Times. August 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Raghava Lawrence – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film director". Idlebrain.com. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rediff on the Net, Movies: India rubber". Rediff. 25 April 1998. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  5. ^ TeluguCinema.Com – TC Exclusive: Interview with choreographer-director Lawrence. telugucinema.com. 11 February 2005
  6. ^ Expresso, Team. "Rajini's spiritual suggestion". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Metro Plus Kochi / Music : My First Break – Raghava Lawrence". The Hindu. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Raghava Lawrence helped a child in heart surgery".
  9. ^ "Page 1 of Raghava Lawrence Helped 128th Heart Surgery , Raghava Lawrence Helped 128th Heart Surgery Photos".
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/tamil-nadu-news/for-jallikattu-ar-rahman-will-fast-sri-sri-ravi-shankar-and-sadhuguru-jaggi-vasudeva-lend-support-1650625
  12. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/actor-director-raghava-lawrence-donate-rs-1-crore-kerala-87105
  13. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/kerala-floods-actor-turned-choreographer-raghava-lawrence-to-donate-rs-1-crore-towards-relief-fund/articleshow/65513262.cms
  14. ^ "Music Director: Raghava Lawrence". Music India Online. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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