Born to legendary Kuchipudi exponents and Padma Bhushan awardees Raja and Radha Reddy, Yamini inherited the Kuchipudi gene. She is blessed with a sculpted body, an expressive face and scintillating grace. She also has a very captivating stage presence with just the right aptitude for rhythm and expressions.
Yamini learnt Kuchipudi from her parents, performing solo for the first time at the tender age of three. After the applause she received from that audience, her parents were forced to let her perform a full-length Tarangam. Since then, Yamini has been learning and practicing. She trained and performed with her parents until 2000, when she embarked on her solo career. With so much knowledge and experience, Yamini brings to her performances a high dose of energy and grace. She has the ability to reach out to an audience, and is considered a leading classical dancer of her generation.
She has performed solo at most leading music and dance festivals of India, such as the Khajuraho Festival, the Nishagandhi Festival of Kerala, and the Doverlane Festival of Kolkata. She has also toured the UK, continental Europe, the US and Russia. The mayor of Dublin, Ireland even presented her with a golden key to the city after watching her captivating performance.
Yamini is the youngest recipient of the National Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, as well as the Yuva Ratna Award for Youth Vocational Excellence award from the District Rotaract Organisation. She currently heads the ‘Natya Tarangini Raja Radha Reddy Institute of Kuchipudi Dance’ in Hyderabad, where she trains young men and women.