Kamini Dandapani was born and raised in Chennai, India and now lives in New York. She has had extensive training in Carnatic music, Bharatanatyam, and Western Classical music (Pianoforte). She moved to the US to study and work and endured a long spell in the corporate world that included Chase Manhattan Bank and McKinsey & Company. Through it all, she kept her interest in her true loves, music, dance, and writing, alive. She started a blog, Tales of South India, over a decade ago, and it was while researching and writing for this blog that her love of history came alive.
The leap from blog to book was unexpected, challenging, and extremely rewarding. Her first book, Rajaraja Chola, King of Kings, was published by Aleph Book Company in late 2022.