List of Choreographers In Tollywood:
Choreography is the biggest requirement of the Indian film industry. Dance sequences form an integral part of the movie. A movie without dance and songs is like a book without words. Tollywood is known for its elaborate dance sequences. Coordinating the actors and group to give brilliant and memorable performances, the dance choreographers put in all the effort. This effort is duly recognized in their work which is appreciated by the audiences.
There are many dance choreographers in Tollywood who have made a name for themselves. Here is a list of choreographers in Tollywood:
1. Prabhu Deva –
A well-known actor, producer and director, Prabhu Deva is also known for his exceptional dance skills. Prabhu Deva’s choreography has always got the audiences dancing from ‘Gallu Mandhi Basu’ in the 1993 film, ‘Rakshana’ to ‘Mattiloni Chett’ in the 2012 film ‘Dhoni’ are proof of this.
2. Raghav Lawrence –
The talented Raghav Lawrence is not only a choreographer but also an actor, director, composer and singer. His first movie as a choreographer was in Telugu titled ‘Aunty’. He has won four Filmfare Awards for Best Dance Choreographer and three Nandi Awards for Best Choreographer.
3. Mugur Sundar–
Sundaram Master as he is fondly called has choreographed for more than 1000 movies. He won the 1st national award for choreography in 1994. In his 4 decade long career, he has choreographed the maximum number of songs for M G Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Nagesh, N.T Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, Nagarujuna, Superstar Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan and others.
4. Raju Sundaram
– Son of Sundaram master, dance runs in his blood. An accomplished dancer himself, Raju Sundaram has choreographed innumerable dance sequences in Tollywood.
5. Prem Rakshit –
The choreographer has risen from poverty and made a name for himself with sheer hard work. He made his debut as an independent choreographer with the SS Rajamouli’s ‘Yamadonga.’ The other movies to his credit are Rachcha, Dhammu, Aarya 2, Velayudham, Baahubali series, Mersal and others. He has won 4 Filmfare and 2 Nandi Award for his outstanding choreography.
6. Sekhar Master –
He has worked as a background dancer initially and is now one of the most sought after choreographers in Tollywood. He started with the movie ‘SMS’ and has choreographed in movies like Julayi, Badshah, Khaidi No. 150 and many others.
7. Dinesh Master –
One of the most talented choreographers in Tollywood, Dinesh master has made a name for himself in a short span of time. He won the 58th National Film Award for Best Choreographer for the Film “Aadukalam”(Pandem Kodlu).
8. Shaik Jaani Basha –
Jaani Master as he called is a leading choreographer in Tollywood. He is known for western and folk style dancing. His first movie as a choreographer was ‘Drona’. He was picked up by Ram Charan for the film ‘Racha’ which was a breakthrough film for him.
Tollywood has many other celebrated choreographers like Ganesh Master, Raghu Master, Brinda, Kala, Chinni Prakash, Vaibhavi Merchant, Swarna, Shobi Paulraj, Devi Sri Prasad, Ganesh Acharya, Amma Rajsekhar and many others who have elevated dance to a whole new level in Tollywood.