Yamini Krishnamurthy

Yamini Krishnamurthy

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Mungara Yamini Krishnamurthy (born 20 December 1940) is an eminent Indian dancer of Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi

Early life

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, Tamilnadu .


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.

Personal life

Yamini Krishnamurthy didn't marry.


Her dancing career brought her many awards, including the Padma Shree (1968) and the Padma Bhushan (2001), which are among the highest civilian awards of the Republic of India.


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