Mugur Sundar

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Mugur Sundar
Mugur Sundar

(1938-10-31) 31 October 1938 (age 82)
Other namesSundaram
OccupationChoreographer, film director, actor

Mugur Sundar is a dance choreographer in South Indian cinema.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Sundar was born in Mugur, a village located in Mysore district, Karnataka. He has three sons, Prabhu Deva, Raju Sundaram and Nagendra Prasad, who are established dance masters and have also worked in Kollywood films. All the three are distinct actors also and Prabhudeva is currently a successful Kollywood actor as well.


He worked in Chandamama Press in Chennai for a salary of Rs.40 per month. He learnt dancing by paying Rs.10. In 1962 he got a chance to be a group dancer in the movie Konjum Salangai. He worked as assistant to Thangappan master for four years.[3] He has worked in Tamil cinema in his over four decade long career. He joined the film industry in the late 1970s and is quite active since the early 1980s. He was a busy choreographer in the 1980s and has worked with almost all leading actors since the early 1980s. Aarada Gaaya released in 1980 is one of his earliest credited works. It was followed by Preethisi Nodu, Prachanda Putanigalu, Anupama, Nee Nanna Gellalare, Keralida Simha are some of his early works. He was active in the film industry till the mid-2000s. He choreographed for about 1000 movies, in a career spanning to about three decades.

Other Roles[edit]

In 2001, he directed his first Kannada film Manasella Neene, a remake of Telugu film Manasantha Nuvve. his son Nagendra Prasad played a lead role in the film.[2][4]

Sundar played a guest role in a Kannada film Thabbali (2009) and also later in Jani (2017) and he choreographed a song for the former film.[5] He portrayed lead role in a Tamil film called Pa. Ra. Palanisamy (2010).


He was One of the judges in the famous Dance show AATA 4 which is telecast on Zee Telugu, a Telugu channel. Sundaram donned the role of a judge on Vijay TV's popular show Jodi No.1, Jodi No.1 Season Two where the participants are television artistes. His fellow judges were Silambarasan and Sangeetha.


  • All films are in Kannada, unless otherwise noted.
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Manasella Neene Himself guest appearance
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Old man in oldage home Telugu film
2009 Thabbali Himself guest appearance
2010 Pa. Ra. Palanisamy Pa. Ra. Palanisamy Tamil film
2017 Jani Himself guest appearance