About



One of India’s leading Kuchipudi classical dancers of today, Yamini is a power house performer. Endowed with a sculpted figure, a perfect face and scintillating grace, she has a very captivating presence with the right aptitude for rhythm and expressions.

Born to the legendary Kuchipudi exponents, Padma Bhushans Raja and Radha Reddy, Yamini has got dance in inheritance from her parents. Dance comes naturally to Yamini as swimming to a fish. Yamini learnt Kuchipudi from her parents and gave her first solo performance at the tender age of three in New Delhi that got her standing ovation. She has inherited her father’s Tandava (vigour) and mother’s lasya (grace), a combination that is evident in her style. She is the thread of continuity in the family tradition of the Reddys.

As a young dancer Yamini brings to Kuchipudi dance a youthful vibrancy which combined with years of experience makes her performances inimitable . She believes it is important to maintain a precarious balance between new experiments and tradition, thus not compromise the purity of the traditional art form itself. The future is to be built on the foundations of the past and the present. With this adage in mind, Yamini continues to master the conventional style of performing Kuchipudi dance.

“Yamini is just made for dance, she is a complete performer” complimented Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar after witnessing her performance.

Yamini started Natya Tarangini Hyderabad in 2007 where she trains students in the art of Kuchipudi Dance. Yamini is also a budding choreographer, her production ‘Harmony’ along with modern dancer Leah Curtis from New York was well received by the audience and was invited to perform at the prestigious Nishagndhi festival in Kerala. She has also authored a Research thesis ‘Audience Development for the Performing Arts in India’. She is also actively involved in organizing the ‘Parampara Series’ Music and Dance Festival in Delhi and Hyderabad.

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Performances



Yamini performed extensively both nationally and internationally. Some of her landmark performances:

  • Yamini performed for various heads of countries at the BRIC and SCO summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia (2009)

  • Performed before the President of Hungary during his visit to India

  • Performed before the First Lady of Slovenia in Ljubljana

  • Parampara Series before the Former President of India Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam

  • Saddlers Wells festival in London

  • First dancer to perform at the Wigmore Hall London

  • Performed in several National Festivals in India such as the Kalidas Festival (Pune), Nishagandhi (Kerala), Elephanta (Mumbai), Konark Festival (Orissa), Nitya Nritya Festival (Bangalore), Krishangana Sabha (Chennai), Rajgir Festival, Mahabalipuram Festival, Badami Festival, Khajuraho, Kinkini Festival Bangalore, Classical Dance Festival Kala Academy Goa, Kinkini Dance festival Bangalore etc

  • Performed at the Common Wealth Games Opening Ceremony

  • Performed for Doordarshan golden jubilee celebration

  • The prestigious Doverlane Music conference

  • Performed at the 77th Indian Road Congress in Hyderabad

  • Performed at 104th Indian Science Congress, Tirupati


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Awards and Titles



  • Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Bismillah Khan Yuva Purasakar

  • Devadasi National Award

  • FICCI young achievers award, Delhi

  • District Rotract Club Award

  • FICCI young achievers award, Hyderabad

  • Awarded the Key to the city by the Mayor of Dublin (Ireland) & Ft Lauderdale (Florida, USA)

  • SBJ Legends of Tomorrow title

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