20 December 1940 |
Madanapalli, Andhra Pradesh
|Field||Indian Classical Dance|
Yamini Krishnamurthy was born in Madanapalli, 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. She spent her childhood and early teen years in Jamnagar, where her sister who is an acclaimed singer in her own right Sri Jyoti Krishnamurthy resides. Her mother tongue is Telugu.
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.
She released her autobiography, “A Passion For Dance”, a book well received by the readers.123
Yamini Krishnamurthy didn't marry.
- '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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