Hyderabad/India: City Kuchipudi
dancer Yamini Reddy daughter of legendary Kuchipudi exponents
Padma Bhushans Raja and Radha Reddy just returned to city from
30 days dance performance tour to Russia and Europe. During
these days she gave 16 performances in Hungary, Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany and Poland.
Ms. Yamini Reddy was invited for the year of India in Russia by
the Indian Council of Cultural Relations(ICCR). She began her
concert in St Petersburg and Ufa and concluded in Yekaterin in
Russia. Yamini Reddy was chosen by ICCR to represent India at
the gala performance at the recently concluded Shanghai
cooperation Organisaiton held in Yekaterinburg in Russia.
The concert was attended by the Heads of state of its six
full members – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
and Uzbekistan – and by representatives of various ranks from
its four observer states – India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan.
Dr Manmohan Singh was representing India, Hu Jintao, President
of China representing China & others.
President of the Ural region, Russia, Head of Culture
Russian Culture Ministry Natalya Vorobyova, Minister of Culture
Tajakistan Asori Mirzoshohrukh and Andrey Shishkin Director
State Academic Opera and Ballet the were also present and
thoroughly enjoyed her Kuchipudi dance performance.
Mayor of Ostrava Czech Republic with Yamini Reddy
"In Slovenia I had the honor of performing for the First
Lady Barbara Miklic Turk. I gave 16 performances in a span of 30
days. My trip was intended to strengthen relation with these
countries through cultural exchange. I represented India and
Kuchipudi Dance and Andhra Pradesh in particular. We were a troupe
of 5 and I was accompanied by my mother Mrs Kaushalya reddy,
informed the Jubiliant young dancer Yamini on her return to the
Yamini also toured in the past to United Kingdom. France, the United
States and Dubai. In Dublin(Ireland) and Fort Lauderdale (USA), the
Mayors presented her with the golden key to the cities. A
multi-faceted personality, Yamini is endowed with a sculpted figure,
a perfect face and scintillating grace, a very captivating presence
with the right aptitude for rhythm and expressions, Yamini Reddy has
in abundance all that it takes to be a first rate danseuse. She has
inherited her father’s Tandava and mother’s lasya, a combination
that is evident in her style.
Famous parents can prove to be a tough yardstick for their kids,
especially those who aspire to make their own niche in the same
field. Yet, Yamini refuses to be intimidated by the tough road in
front of her.
The younger generation today believes in experimenting and that is
essential too but continuity is also necessary. The future is to be
built on the foundations laid on the past and the present. With the
adage in mind, Yamini has decided to master the conventional style
of performing Kuchipudi dance. She is the thread of continuity in
the family tradition of the Reddys. Apart from performing she is
also teaching Kuchipudi Dance in Jubilee Hills Hyderabad.
“Yamini is just made for dance, she is a complete performer”
complimented Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar after witnessing her