Mugur Sundar is known for donning various hats: actor, dancer, director, and choreographer. He is known as the guru of contemporary dance sequences in south Indian movies and has choreographed dancing steps for several Indian actors. He is also famous in the film fraternity as the father of noted choreographer, dancer, actor
Prabhu Deva. Even Mugur Sundar was an excellent choreographer who has directed over 10,000 dance sequences in various South Indian movies.
The choreographer Mugur Sundar is also known as dance master Sundaram or Sundaram Master in film circle. Master Sundaram has been the choreographer right from MGR- Shivaji time. He was born in Mysore in a village named Mugur. Besides Prabhu Deva, he has two other sons
Raju Sundaram and
Nagendra Prasad. He directed his first Kannada film in 2001 titled as ‘Manasella Neene,' which was a remake of Telugu film ‘Manasanthaa Nuvve.' He directed this film as a launch pad for his son Nagendra Prasad, who had played a lead hero in this movie.
Dance master Sundaram won National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in film ‘Thiruda Thiruda’ (1994). Also, he is also the recipient of Vijay Award for contribution to cinema in 2011. In 1999, he was also honored with Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his meaningful contribution to South Indian cinema.
This eminent choreographer was also an acclaimed judge for children dance reality show ‘
Putani Pantru’ along with two more judges, actress Rakshitha, and director Guru Prasad. The show was aired in 2015 on Suvarna Channel. Dance master Sundaram was also a judge for another dance show ‘AATA 4’ which was telecast on Zee Telugu. Besides, he also appeared as a judge for Vijay TV’s popular show ‘Jodi No 1’ and ‘Jodi No 2’ where the participants were television artistes.
In the year 2012, Sundaram also performed the role of a scientist in the film ‘Pa Ra Palanisamy’ which was his first movie with a strong character. Also, he performed a cameo role in a Kannada film ‘Thabbali’ in which he even choreographed a song. He also had made actors like N.T Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Rajnikanth,
Kamal Haasan, Nagesh to dance to his steps.
Dance is an important element of Indian cinema. Some actors have rhythm in their step while others have to work really hard to get it right. But when a dance was choreographed by Mugur Sundar, every actor did magic on the screen with their steps.