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National Award-winning choreographer K Sivasankar dies of COVID-19 complications

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At the age of 72, National Award-winning choreographer K Sivasankar dies of COVID-19 complications here on Sunday. PTI reports that he died yesterday in Hyderabad, according to hospital sources treating him for Coronavirus. In addition, Sivasankar's eldest son had also been detected with the COVID-19 virus and is undergoing treatment.

Choreographer K Sivasankar is a well-celebrated name in the south Asian film industry. Rajamouli's film Magadheera, with Ram Charan and Kajal Aggarwal, has won him the National Award for Best Choreography. His choreographic talent was extended to songs in movies like Vishwa Thulasi and Thiruda Thirudi. Sivasankar also acted in some Telugu and Tamil movies besides choreographing songs.

K Sivasankar's death prompted many in the film fraternity to grieve on social media. Earlier this week, actor-philanthropist Sonu Sood has extended financial support to Sivasankar's family for the choreographer's COVID-19 treatment. "Heartbroken to hear about the demise of Shiv Shankar masterji. Tried our best to save him, but God had different plans. Will always miss you, masterji. May almighty give strength to the family to bear this loss. Cinema will always miss you, sir", he tweeted.

In his eulogy, actor-choreographer Prabhu Deva said: "Heartbroken to hear about the demise of Shiv Shankar masterji. Deepest condolences, May his soul Rest In Peace #RipshivaShankarmasterji."

In an emotional tribute to the 72-year-old, South director SS Rajamouli, who teamed up with Sivasankar for 2015's epic Baahubali: The Beginning and 2009's Magadheera movies, said: "Sad to know that renowned choreographer Shiva Shankar Master garu has passed away. Working with him for Magadheera was a memorable experience. May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to his family."

Actress Khushbu Sundar recalled her work with Sivasankar in dozens of songs. She tweeted that he was a great talent that we lost today. " Choreographer #Shivshankar master. Have done dozens of songs with him. I use to specifically ask for him to Choreograph songs which had masti, romance, and dance. You will be missed Master ji. #OmShanti #RIP"; she also tweeted.

PR consultant for the south film industry Vamsi Kaka shared an appeal on Twitter last week to help K Sivasankar's family pay his medical bills. It was tweeted as follows; "Noted choreographer Shivashankar Master affected with COVID-19 and now in critical condition. Due to expensive treatment, the family is unable to pay the bills. Please help,". In response to the tweet, Sonu Sood, who is known for his charitable work during and after the Coronavirus crisis, replied that he had already contacted the family.

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