'Poornatilaka' Krishnamurthy, better known as Yamini Krishnamurthy is a
renowned Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dancer. She is also considered as
the torch-bearer of the Kuchipudi form of dance. She started her career
with a dance performance in 1957, at the age of seventeen years. Yamini
led an eventful dancing career and has been honored with Padma Shri and
Padma Bhushan by the government of India.
Yamini Krishnamurthy is an eminent dancer and one of the major figures
of Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancing. She was born into a Telugu family
on a full moon night in 1940 at Madanapalli, Andhra Pradesh. Her
grandfather, a noted Urdu poet, named her `Yamini Poornatilaka`,
meaning, "a beautiful mark on the brow of light". Since
childhood, Yamini was fond of dancing and wanted to become a dancer.
Yamini Krishnamurthy received the initial training of Bharatnatyam from
Rukmini Devi Arundale.at Kalakshetra School of Dance, Chennai. She was,
later, groomed by eminent masters like Kanchipuram Ellappa Pillai and
Thanjavur Kittappa Pillai. She learnt Kuchipudi under the guidance of
Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Shastri, Chinta Krishnamurthy and Pasumarthy
Venugopal Krishna Sharma. Besides Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi, Yamini
also learnt Odissi from Guru Pankaj Charan Das and Kelucharan Mahapatra.
1957, at the age of seventeen years, Yamini Krishnamurthy performed her
debut dance event in Chennai. Ever since, she had a colorful and
eventful dancing career. Within three years of her maiden performance,
Yamini became one of the most admired dancers of the country. Her
performances brought accolades from national and international
recognition arena. Yamini appeared as one of the leading classical
dancers of India.
To impart training to younger dancers, Yamini Krishnamurthy started the
'Yamini school of Dance' in Delhi in 1990. She has also made a special
program on dance for Doordarshan channel. Her book 'A Passion for Dance'
was well-received and appraised by the critics.
For her contribution in the development and promotion of the Indian
classical dance forms, Yamini was recognized as "Asthana Nartaki"
(resident dancer) of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. Her dancing
career brought her many awards, including the coveted Padma Shree in the
year 1968 and the Padma Bhushan - the second highest civilian awards of
the India, in 2001. She was also honored with the Sangeet Natak akademi
Award in 1977.
Yamini Krishnamurthy is a noted classical dancer of India. Know more about Yamini Krishnamurthy, in this brief biography and profile.