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Yamini Krishnanamurthi
Born (1940-12-20) 20 December 1940 (age 83)
Madanapalli, Madras Presidency, British India
Known forIndian Classical Dance
MovementBharatnatyam, Kuchipudi
AwardsPadma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri1980

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

Early life

Yamini Krishnamurthy was born in Madanapalli, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh. She was brought up in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu.[4]


Yamini Krishnamurthy debuted in 1957 in Madras.[5] She has the honour of being Asthana Nartaki (resident dancer) of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. She was also known as "torch bearer" of Kuchipudi form of dance.

She imparts dance lessons to younger dancers at her institute, Yamini School of Dance, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.[6]


She released her autobiography, "A Passion For Dance", a book well received by the readers.[7]


Her dancing career brought her many awards, including the Padma Shree (1968)[8] Padma Bhushan (2001), and Padma Vibhushan (2016), which are among the highest civilian awards of the Republic of India.[9] She was honoured with "Natya Shastra" award by Shambhavi School of Dance at "Nayika-Excellence Personified" on the occasion of Women's Day on 8 March 2014. She gave a lecture demonstration on "Contribution of Woman to Kuchipudi".[10] She also released a Kuchipudi Dance DVD featuring Prateeksha Kashi who is the daughter of Kuchipudi Dansuse Smt.Vyjayanthi Kashi, artistic director of Shambhavi.[11][12]


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  1. ^ "Kuchipudi ambassadors". The Hindu. 19 December 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Pratibha presents Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships, awards". The Hindu. Press Trust of India.
  3. ^ "The Tribune — Windows — This Above All".
  4. ^ "The Full-Moon Danseuse Who Went on To Shine Like Summer Sun". Outlook Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 March 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Yamini Krishnamurty". All Time Great Classical Dancers. Retrieved 25 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Yamini Krishnamurthy". cultural india. Archived from the original on 17 March 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Book review: A Passion for Dance: an Autobiography". India Today. Archived from the original on 17 March 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  8. ^ Padma Shri Awardees
  9. ^ Padma Bhushan Awardees
  10. ^ "Lecture Demonstration at Nayika, Bangalore". The Hindu. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Yamini Krishnamurthy in "Naykia-Excellence Personified"". Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Yamini Krishnamurthy Confer with Natyashastra Award". Retrieved 14 March 2014.