Born on 18 November 1950 in Chennai, Shrimati Nandini Ramani received her training in Bharatanatyam under T. Balasaraswati and K. Ganesan in the Thanjavur style perfected by Kandappa Piliai. She studied Carnatic music under B. Krishnamurti and T. Mukta. Her father V. Raghavan, the eminent Sanskrit scholar, ted her into the world of Sanskrit literature and theatre.
Shrimati Nandini Ramani has straddled the worlds of performance and scholarship, contributing to the propagation of dance, music, and theatre. Since the 1970s, she has performed Bharatanatyam and conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations at the Music Academy, Madras, and other reputed institutions. During the 1980s and early '90s, she has travelled in the West, interpreting music and dance at the Wesleyan University, the University of Texas, and the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States ; the Music Centre and the Tropical Institute in the Netherlands; and the University of Paris, among other institutions. The Department of Ethnomusicology, University of Utrecht, Holland, has recorded compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar and other composers in her voice for its archive. At home, she has been associated with Doordarshan in Chennai and has made a documentary film for the channel on T. Balasaraswati (1976). Shrimati Ramani was Secretary of the Music Academy, Madras , from 1998 to 2004, and a member of the Executive Board of Sangeet Natak Akademi from 2004 to 2009.
In the field of Sanskrit drama, Shrimati Nandini Ramani has directed and acted in plays such as Shakuntalam, Mrichchhakatikam, Malavikagniitram, Swapnawasavadattam, and Ascharya Choodamani produced by Samskrita Ranga founded by her father. Shrimati Rarnani's research in the performing arts has led to the publication of her books journey Through a Tradition and Dance, Dancers and Musicians. She is a regular con tributor on the performing arts in the Hindu and the magazine Sruti, As Secretary of Samskrita Ranga, she publishes the research annual of the institution and works for the promotion of Sanskrit drama.
Shrimat i Nandini Ramani receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her overall contribution in the performing arts.