Rakesh Master Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Death Cause: Multiple Organ Failure
Age: 55 Years
Hometown: Tirupati , Andhra Pradesh

Rakesh Master

Birth nameS. Rama Rao [1]The Hindu
NicknameEklavya [2]The Statesman
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBald
DebutKannada Film (Actor): Avva (2011) as Kariya
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear, 1968
BirthplaceNellore, Andhra Pradesh
Date of Death18 June 2023
Place of DeathHyderabad , Telangana
Age (at the time of death) 55 Years
Death CauseMultiple organ failure [3]Jagran
HometownTirupati , Andhra Pradesh
Tattoo(s)He had tattoos on his hands, legs, chest and head.
Rakesh Master's tattoo on hands and head
Rakesh Master's tattoo on legs
ControversiesComments on Lord Krishna
In 2021, he was involved in a controversy due to his statements about Lord Krishna, which hurt the Yadava community leaders. As a result, they filed a complaint against him at the Banjara Hills Police Station. During the interview with a YouTube channel, Rakesh made remarks about Lord Sri Krishna after which a criminal case was filed against him, his wife, and the YouTube channel involved. The Yadava rights Porata Samiti chief, Mekala Ramulu Yadav, and the Greater chief, Srisailam Yadav, registered a complaint under IPC sections 295A and 298. After the incident, Rakesh said that some individuals entered his house without permission and threatened him. He also lodged a complaint with the Banjara Hills Police, stating that these individuals questioned him about his interview with the YouTube channel, used abusive language towards him, and issued threats. The case was registered under sections 448, 427, 504, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. [4]Indian Herald

Mistreatment towards women
In 2023, TMPS Founder President Gare Venkatesh Madiga called for action against Rakesh, who was allegedly harassing a woman he left 22 years ago and making disrespectful remarks about her. During a press conference held at Jubilee Hills, victims Chinta Kasturi, Lakshmi, and Sanvi Media YouTuber Charan Guruvani joined Madiga. Chinta Kasturi shared that Rakesh had promised to marry her, but instead, he left her in 2000. She filed a complaint against him and said that Rakesh was targeting her as she was a Dalit woman. Lakshmi, another woman who separated from Rakesh, also faced the same harassment. YouTuber Charan Guruvani claimed that she was being targeted by him for providing employment to these women. Venkatesh Madiga said that he would also file a complaint against Rakesh with City Police Commissioner CV Anand. Even after registering the case at Banjara Hills Police Station, Rakesh Master was accused of inappropriate behavior. Therefore, the complainants demanded registration of SC and ST atrocity case along with the PD Act against him. [5]ABN
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Rakesh Master with his wife

Note: He was married two times before he married Lakshmi.
ChildrenSon- Charan Tej
Rakesh Master's son Charan Tej
ParentsFather- Balireddy
SiblingsBrother(s)- 2
Sister(s)- 4

Rakesh Master

Some Lesser Known Facts About Rakesh Master

  • Rakesh Master was an Indian choreographer who mainly worked in the Telugu film industry.
  • In many interviews, Rakesh expressed his childhood aspiration to become a dancer. This dream was inspired by the legendary film Disco Dancer, which he watched and found interesting at the age of ten.
  • Rakesh was born in Nellore, but his father got a job at a market yard in Tirupati after which they relocated to Tirupati. When he was in Tirupati, he opened a Master Dance School. Later, he moved to Madras and became a member of the Union of Dance Masters. He started his career by working as an assistant to senior choreographers which helped him gain experience in the field.
  • He worked under the guidance of Nookaraju Master in Hyderabad for some years. He also took training under Shekhar Master and Johnny Master.
  • He used to train actors like Venu Thottempudi, Mani Chandana, Prabhas, and Pratyusha.
  • He choreographed songs in various films like Ammo Polisollu (1999), Chirunavtu (2000), Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo (2002), Devdasu (2002), and Seethaiya (2003).
  • In the Telugu TV show Dhee, he mentored a young boy named Basheer.

    Rakesh Master on the show 'Dhee'

    Rakesh Master on the show ‘Dhee’

  • He was part of many episodes of the Telugu comedy show Jabardasth.

    Rakesh Master on the show 'Jabardasth'

    Rakesh Master on the show ‘Jabardasth’

  • He choreographed various popular dance numbers in films like Hum Kahan Ja Rahe Hain (1966), Shor (1972), Akka Thangi (2008), and many more.
  • Among his notable works the songs ‘Neshtama o Priya Nesthama’ and ‘Kallaloki Kallu Petti’ from the film ‘Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo’ are also included. Popular actors such as Prabhas and Mahesh Babu appreciated the choreography of the songs.
  • He also choreographed the song ‘Vendi theraku Maa Vandanalu’ from the film  Manasichanu, featuring Ravi Teja and Mani Chandana. He also choreographed songs for the film ‘Devadasu’, including ‘Bangaram Banagaram,’ ‘Nijama Cheppanante,’ ‘Nuvvantene Ishtam,’ and ‘Pulupante Nakishtam.’

    A snip from the song 'Vendi theraku Maa Vandanalu'

    A snip from the song ‘Vendi theraku Maa Vandanalu’

  • In many of his interviews, he used to talk ill about Ram Gopal Varma, Sri Reddy, NTR, Balakrishna, Mohan Babu, Chiranjeevi and Manchu Lakshmi.
  • Rakesh used to help many youngsters learn to dance and charged 5 rupees per student for his teachings. He was impressed by Sekhar Master’s dedication and dancing skills. He played a crucial role in supporting Sekhar Master’s talent, helping him establish himself in the industry. However, their relationship deteriorated and Rakesh openly expressed criticism and accused Sekhar of betraying him, despite having cared for him like a son. In an interview, Rakesh talked about him and said that since the moment he took Sekhar under his guidance as a dancer and assistant, he became his only focus. Sekhar was like family to him, and Rakesh’s dedication to supporting him financially and professionally was so strong that it led to his first wife leaving him. Sekhar’s behaviour changed all of a sudden and he began to ignore him. He started keeping things hidden from Rakesh and avoided him. Sekhar’s mother also accused him of attempting to manipulate Sekhar. In an interview, he talked about Sekhar and said,

    He bought a flat, he didn’t invite me, he invited all my students and others to his daughter’s birthday but didn’t invite me. I begged him to come see my father who is on his death bed but Sekhar didn’t pay any heed. I decided to isolate myself from everybody including my son, daughter, and wife.”

  • In another interview, Ganesh Master, who is one of the most successful dance masters in Tollywood spoke about his sudden demise and said,

    Rakesh Master is our Guru. There are so many students of his who are now earning a good name and recognition for their work. Rakesh Master had a good heart and he always encouraged his students. All of us, his students, and Choreographers will speak about what to do and how to support Rakesh Master’s family. He is liked by all of us in the industry and everybody will pitch in to do whatever they can.”

  • In 2020, the Global Human Peace University honoured him by conferring upon him a doctorate in the service sector.
  • He died on 18 June 2023 after being ill for a week after returning to Hyderabad from an outdoor shoot in Visakhapatnam. He was admitted to Gandhi Hospital, Hyderabad. According to doctors at Gandhi Hospital, he suffered a multi-organ failure. He was diabetic and was diagnosed with severe metabolic acidosis. The doctors also said that he was dehydrated due to sunstroke. In an official statement, the doctor added,

    He was a chronic alcoholic and his diabetes was not under control. His blood pressure was 60/40 when he was admitted and his health deteriorated through the day. We kept him on ventilator but he could not make it for more than two hours on it and breathed his last around 5 p.m.”