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India Today - - SIMPLY HYDERABAD -

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.”

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“Yamini has achieved a lot at such a young age. The level of ma­tu­rity in her foot work, ex­pres­sions and

pos­tures is ex­cep­tional.”


“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”

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