K. Sivasankar

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Born (1948-12-07) 7 December 1948 (age 72)
OccupationChoreographer, Actor
Years active1975 - till now
ChildrenVijay Sivasankar, Ajay Sivasankar
Parent(s)Kalyana Sundaram
Komala Amal

K. Sivasankar (born 7 December 1948) is an Indian dance choreographer worked in more than 10 languages but majorly with South Indian films, including Tamil films & Telugu films.


Having worked on over 800 feature films, Sivasankar has won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Choreographer for Poove Unakkaga (1996), Vishwa Thulasi (2003), Varalaru (2006) and Uliyin Osai (2008). Sivasankar won the National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in S. S. Rajamouli's historical drama Magadheera (2008), with the jury noting he was rewarded "for breath taking energy and innovation" in the song "Dheera Dheera Dheera".[1][2] His experience at the official ceremony was reported in the media after he was critical of the delay in allowing him into the venue.[3].In 2003, his super-fast choreography of super hit song Manmadha Raasa for Thiruda Thirudi film was widely talked about. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from New International Christian University, Bangalore for his services to dance.[4]

Sivasankar has also appeared in acting roles, notably starring as Ajith Kumar's dance instructor in K. S. Ravikumar's Varalaru (2006). The choreographer was asked to design the dance sequences but also the action sequences and the overall body language of Ajith, to depict him in a feminine way.[5] He later portrayed the role of a Christian missionary in Bala's period drama Paradesi (2013), who works to convert the religion of naive tea workers.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Dance Master Sivasankar was born in Govindappa Naicken Street,Parrys,Chennai on 07 December 1948 to Kalyana Sundaram and Komala amal. His father was wholesale fruit vendor in Kothawal Chavadi. He suffered backbone fracture at very young age due to an accident for which he suffered till 8 years of age under extensive care by his aunts. He was home schooled.But later years he studied in Hindu Theological Higher Secondary School, Sowcarpet. Lately He attributes his feminine mannerism as he grew up without outside world contact where women in family were taking care of him mostly.His father was highly skilled with immense knowledge in Carnatic music & Astrology. But very strict with his children's. By fortune, while his father attended carnatic music festival, Sivashankar was asked to go for drama & dance festivals to represent him.This inspired Master to learn dance. He learnt basics in dance from Natraj & Sakunthala, Mylapore. Later, he joined assistant to Dance Master Saleem in 1974.[7]

In a letter of desperation in June 2016, Sivasankar wrote to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and pleaded for her intervention in the alleged harassment of his former daughter-in-law. He lamented that Jayalalitha should save his family from committing mass suicides due to extreme harassment and humiliation caused by his former daughter-in-law.[8][9]

Notable filmography[edit]

As choreographer[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Alai Dance master
2003 Popcorn
2004 Gomathi Nayagam Himself
2006 Varalaru Shivashankar's master
2007 Onbadhu Roobai Nottu Dhandapani
2012 Godfather Shivasagar's master
2012 Sudigadu Himself
2013 Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya Sowmiya's father
2013 Paradesi Parisutham
2013 Thillu Mullu Dance master
2014 Enna Satham Indha Neram
2014 Aranmanai
2015 Adhibar Tiger Kothandaraman
2015 Indru Netru Naalai
2016 Arthanari Ramasamy
2017 Enkitta Mothathe
2017 Nene Raju Nene Mantri Telugu film
2018 Thaanaa Serndha Koottam Ondiveeran
2018 Ghajinikanth
2018 Nadodi Kanavu
2018 Sarkar Election commissioner
2019 Akshara Telugu film
2019 N.T.R: Kathanayakudu Vempati Chinna Satyam Telugu film
2019 Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene Priest Telugu film
2019 Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Viji's neighbour
2020 Pachai Vilakku
2020 Biskoth Old man
2021 Engada Iruthinga Ivvalavu Naala Master


Awards and honours[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Tamil Nadu State Film Award[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.filmibeat.com/telugu/news/2010/shiva-shankar-magadheera-award-150910.html
  2. ^ http://dff.nic.in/2011/57thNFA.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.myfirstshow.com/shiva-shankar-master-bitter-experience/
  4. ^ http://www.kollytalk.com/stills/doctorate-dance-master-shiva-shankar-photos-125177.html
  5. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-cinema-news-10/ksrs-amazing-ajith-act--siva-shankar-master-recollects-ajith-siva-shankar-11-02-13.html
  6. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/Power-Star-approached-for-Paradesi/articleshow/19002959.cms
  7. ^ "Exclusive - "ஒன்றரை வயசுல முதுகுத்தண்டு உடைஞ்சிருச்சு!" - Dance Master Sivasankar". You Tube. Chennai, India. 30 January 2020.
  8. ^ http://www.apherald.com/Politics/ViewArticle/132144/Shivashankar-Master-pens-to-Jayalalitha-to-save-him-from-his-family-daughter-in-law-/
  9. ^ http://www.moviemint.com/this-senior-choreographer-says-his-sons-wife-is-harassing-him/
  10. ^ http://www.filmibeat.com/tamil/reviews/2015/baahubali-tamil-movie-review-story-plot-visual-brilliance-bails-it-out-of-trouble/articlecontent-pf94224-190072.html
  11. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/2-national-awards-for-magadheera-telugu-news-60103

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