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Krishna Kumar

  • Real Name: Anthony Lazarus
  • Born: 4 May 1918 (Bombay)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi

Krishna Kumar was born as Anthony Lazarus on 4 May 1918. Brother of esteemed dancer and choreographer Surya Kumar, the two of them were raised and trained by Azurie after she saw them in an orphanage. 

Despite his classical training, Krishna Kumar had to work hard to establish himself in the industry as a leading dancer. His performance with Azurie in O jaane wale o watan laut ke aa from A R Kardar’s Rattan (1944) was widely appreciated by audience.  He and Surya Kumar have been credited with preparing the next generation of choreographers to grace the film industry such as Badriprasad and Satya Narayan. P L Raj too was one of them, who learnt under the guidance of Krishna Kumar and also assisted him in a few films. Cuckoo, the graceful dancer of early Hindi cinema and Helen’s mentor, often performed with Krishna Kumar.

Krishna Kumar even got the opportunity to perform in Buckingham Palace alongside Azurie on one occasion, a monumental moment in their lives. Some of his noteworthy films are Paras (1949), Andaz (1949), Dastan (1950), Awara (1951), and Naujawan (1951). 

According to sources, he was murdered sometime in 1950-1951. He was credited as Late Krishna Kumar in Raj Kapoor’s Awara.