Veteran choreographer Shiva Shankar passes away due to COVID-19 complications

Shiva Shankar, one of South India’s most prominent choreographers, has died at the age of 72. He had an illustrious career that stretched four decades and choreographed some of Tollywood's most iconic and popular songs. His career took off in the late mid-1970s when he worked on a slew of hit numbers with leading stars like Chiranjeevi, Vijayakanth and Sarathkumar.

A few days ago, Shiva Sankar Master and his elder son Vijay Shivashankar tested positive of the novel coronavirus. Shiva Sankar was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad for treatment. Reportedly, his health condition worsened after which he was shifted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). However, on November 28 in the evening he breathed his last.

Born on December 7, 1948, in Chennai, his introduction into the film industry was an assistant choreographer. In the 1990s, he became a dance choreographer for films like 'Kuruvikoodu,' 'Saattai Illatha Pambaram' and 'Mann Vasanai.' Shiva Sankar choreographed Chiranjeevi in a song from the 1983 blockbuster hit 'Khaidi,' kicking off his career as a dance director to reckoned with. And with that, he became the most sought-after choreographer in Tollywood for several decades.

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