Tara Kini received continuous training in Hindustani classical music over a period of twenty years from eminent Gurus Shri Narayan Rao Patwardhan, Smt. Meera Khirwadkar and Pandit Rama Rao Naik. Currently Tara is learning music from Smt. Lalit J. Rao. She has also been visiting the Dhrupad Gurukul in Bhopal and receiving guidance and inspiration from the Gundecha Bandhu. Tara has been engaged in several music activities that include composition of music for theatre, conducting music workshops and giving classical music performances. She conducts weekly sessions in a self-interest group of music enthusiasts called Sunaad that has performed several shows in Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Goa. She has worked with film maker Shabnam Virmani in extensive research on the music and poetry of Kabir. She taught a course on the Music and Religion of South Asia in Stanford University with Dr. Linda Hess in 2010 and 2004. Tara was the music director for a new media performance that was produced by Srishti at the ARS Electronica festival in Linz, Austria, in 2005.
Tara has a post graduate degree in education from Oxford Brookes University, a masters in Agricultural Physics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and a Visharad in Hindustani classical vocal music from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
She has taught physics in high school and music from K to 12 in Aditi, Bangalore, for twenty years. She was also the administrator for two years in Aditi. In 2002, Taraset up the Centre for Educational Research, Training and Development (CERTAD) in the Srishti School of Art, Design and
Technology, along with its director, Geetha Narayanan, and headed the Teacher Education department till May 2008. She has presented research papers on music and education at international conferences in Sheffield and Helsinki.
Currently she is an independent consultant in Music and Education and works with several reputed institutions in Bangalore, Andhra Pradesh and Ahmedabad.