RAGHURAM - IYER
Raghuram (30 November 1949 – 30 November 2013) was an Indian film choreographer, who worked on more than 1,500 Bollywood routines.
Raghuram began learning Kathakali, aged 5 from prominent dance expert Gopinath, and then in 1956, he switched to learning Bharatanatyam under danseuse K. J. Sarasa. He learnt dance along with Jayalalitha, with the pair both having their arangetram in 1960.
It was during a duet performance with Jayalalithaa that Raghuram was asked to assist dance director A. K. Chopra for an 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).
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.In 2012.
Raghuram is the grandson of K. Subramanyam, a renowened 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. Gayathri, his second daughter, has also appeared in films as an actress and a choreographer.