Yamini Krishnamurthy

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Yamini Krishnamurthy
Yamini Krishnamurthy in 2014
Born (1940-12-20) 20 December 1940 (age 74)
Madanapalli, Andhra Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Known for Indian Classical Dance
Movement Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi
Awards Padma Bhushan, Padma Shree

Mungara Yamini Krishnamurthy (born 20 December 1940) is an eminent Indian dancer of Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi[1] styles of dancing.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Yamini Krishnamurthy was born in Madanapalli, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. She was born on a full moon night, and her grandfather named her Yamini Poornatilaka, which means “a full mark on the brow of night.” She was brought up in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, Her mother tongue is Telugu.

Career[edit]

Yamini Krishnamurthy debuted in 1957 in Madras. She has the honor of being Asthana Nartaki (resident dancer) of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. Some critics have observed that Yamini’s dancing reflects rhythm personified.

She has a leading place as an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She imparts dance lessons to younger dancers at her institute, Yamini School of Dance, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.

Autobiography[edit]

She released her autobiography, “A Passion For Dance”, a book well received by the readers.123

Personal life[edit]

Yamini Krishnamurthy didn't marry. Her Manager name is Mr. Shiv Ganesh. And her Personal Secretary name is Mr.J.Agnel Grietas.

Awards[edit]

Her dancing career brought her many awards, including the Padma Shree (1968)[4] and the Padma Bhushan (2001), which are among the highest civilian awards of the Republic of India.[5] Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy got honoured with "Natya Shastra" award by Shambhavi School of Dance at "Nayika-Excellence Personified" on the occasion of Woman's Day on 8 March 2014. She gave a lecture demonstration on "Contribution of Woman to Kuchipudi".[6]She also released a Kuchipudi Dance DVD featuring Prateeksha Kashi who is the daughter of Kuchipudi Dansuse Smt.Vyjayanthi Kashi,artistic director of Shambhavi.[7][8]

Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy in Nayika-Excellence Personified
Padmabhushan Dr.Yamini Krishnamurthy got honoured with Natya Shastra Award by Shambhavi School of Dance in Bangalore as part of Nayika-Excellence Personified on the occasion of International Woman's Day on 8th March 2014!!! 
The Magic of Kuchipudi dance DVD featuring Prateeksha Kashi produced by Shambhavi Dance Theatre released by Renowned Dansuse Padmabhushan Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy as a part of Nayika-Excellence Personified 

Quotes[edit]

  • 'A dancer must have tremendous personality. A God like Christ and even a godman like Rajneesh had some personality. Combination of talent, dedication, creativity and being emotive is imperative. A coupling of these four qualities with technique is essential. Monotony is deterrent as it regards your style and I notice today, that new dancers perform in a startlingly similar fashion.'
  • 'The past has been exciting, the present extremely challenging. As for the future, it holds a lot of promise and many surprises. And I cannot wait to unravel them!'
  • 'On marriage she said 'Marriage did not happen because it was not meant to be. As for children, all my disciples are my children.'

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