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 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.


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 was also known as "torch bearer" of Kuchipudi form of dance.

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 has never been married.

Her manager is Shiv Ganesh and her personal secretary is J. Agnel Grietas.


Her dancing career brought her many awards, including the Padma Shree (1968)[4] Padma Bhushan (2001), and Padma Vibhushan (2016), which are among the highest civilian awards of the Republic of India.[5] She was 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 8 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 


  • '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 remaining unmarried, 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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