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Born 23 March 1949
Died 30 November 2013(2013-11-30) (aged 64)
Other names Raghuram Master
Occupation Choreographer
Years active 1949-2001
Spouse(s) Girija
Children Suja Raguram
Gayathri Raghuram

Raghuram (23 March 1949[citation needed] – 30 November 2013) was an Indian film choreographer, who worked on more than 1,500 Bollywood routines.[1]


Raghuram began learning Kathakali, aged five from prominent dance expert Gopinath, and then in 1956, he switched to learning Bharata Natyam under danseuse K. J. Sarasa. He learnt dance along with J. Jayalalitha, with the pair both having their arangetram (debut) in 1960.[2] It was during a duet performance with Jayalalithaa that Raghuram was asked to assist dance director A. K. Chopra for an M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) movie. He then started out on his own in 1974 and went on to choreograph Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi movies. He has worked on several films with Kamal Haasan, early on in his career, choreographing celebrated work in Sagara Sangamam (1983) about a classical dancer, and in the romantic Hindi film Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981).[3]

Raghuram also went on the direct the 1995 Bengali film, Bhagya Debata, starring Mithun Chakraborty and Rajinikanth. He then featured alongside Kamal Haasan in Dasavathaaram (2008) as Appa Rao, a comedy cop.[4] In 2012, an event named Amma Appa Guru Deivam was held to felicitate Raghuram's fiftieth year in the film industry. The event, heralded a success by the media, featured dance performances from actors and speeches from other film personalities.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Raghuram was born into an Iyer family and is the grandson of K. Subramanyam, a Tamil film director of the 1930s, while his aunt Padma Subrahmanyam is a prominent classical dancer. Raghuram married Girija, another choreographer, and helped her sisters Jayanthi, Kala and Brindha make their breakthrough in the industry. He had two daughters, who are also involved in the film industry. His first daughter, Suja, appeared in Kannada and Malayalam language films while also being a prominent television actress.[7] Gayathri Raghuram, his second daughter, has also appeared in films as an actress and a choreographer.


Raghuram died on 30 November 2013, following a heart attack at his Chennai home.[8][9]


As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1996 Avvai Shanmughi as himself (special appearancce)
2008 Dasavathaaram Appa Rao

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1985 Viswanathan Velai Venum Tamil [10]
1995 Bhagya Debata Bengali


  1. ^ "Veteran choreographer Raghuram passes away". Bollywoodlife.com. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ S. SHIVPPRASADH. "Nattuvanar of rare calibre". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  3. ^ TNN 21 Apr 2012, 02.46AM IST (2012-04-21). "Man who gave Kamal his moves celebrates a milestone". Times of India. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Bhagya Debata (1995) : Cast And Crew Details | Bengali Tollywood Movies | Bengali Movies | Bengali Film | Bengali Cinema". Bengalitollywood.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Raghuram master honoured". Sify.com. 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  6. ^ "A tribute to master Raghuram". The Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  7. ^ "teacher of narthanashala". Narthanashala.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Raghuram Master dies of heart attack!". Sify.com. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Choreographer Raghuram passes away". The Hindu. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Choreographer Raghuram Passes Away". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 

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