YAMINI REDDY, 29, Kuchipudi dancer She met her life partner at one of her performances, who was so smitten by her, he eventually proposed. Marriage brought Yamini Reddy from Delhi to Hyderabad, where she has set up a branch of Natya Tarangini, her parents’ dance school. Reddy teaches Kuchipudi with the same strict adherence to technique that she learnt from her parents, renowned Kuchipudi exponents, Raja and Radha Reddy. “I think I started to dance soon after I learnt to walk,” she says. She has performed at various venues in France, United States, UK and Dubai, with her latest performance being at the Wigmore Hall in London, earlier this month. She is the recipient of the Yuva Ratna Award (1999), FICCI young achiever's award (2006), Devadasi National Award (2007) and Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (2007).
GLOBAL BEATS In 2007, she was invited by contemporary dancer Leah Curtis of New York for a performance that blended Kuchipudi with new age dance. She clarifies that blending styles is not at all about corrupting techniques. “It’s about presentation and choreography, which I am fascinated by and experimenting with.”
“Yamini has achieved a lot at such a young age. The level of maturity in her foot work, expressions and
postures is exceptional.”
SOBHA NAIDU, KUCHIPUDI EXPONENT
“I want to be an example to young girls. You don’t have to trade your modern lifestyle in order to practice a traditional art form”