Shri Josyula Krishna Murthy was born in 1929 in Kuchipudi village of Andhra Pradesh. He received his training in the Mridangam music of Kuchipudi Yakshagana under Pasumarthi Ramakotaiah and Mahadeva Radhakrishna Raji. He also learned Kuchipudi dance from Todapalu Perayya Sastry and Vedantam Lakshmi- narayana Sastry. Shri Josyula Krishna Murthy has distinguished himself as a Mridangam player in Kuchipudi Yakshagana. In a long career as per- cussionist, he has accompanied many Kuchipudi Yakshagana artists including Shri Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma. He has participated in many seminars and lecture-demonstrations on Kuchipudi Yakshagana. For his excellence as a Mridangam player in Kuchipudi Yakshagana, Shri Krishna Murthy has been conferred the title Yakshagana Mridanga Vidwan by the Venkata Rama Natya Mandali, Kuchipudi. Shri Josyula Krishna Murthy receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Kuchipudi Yakshagana music.