Kalyani Ganapathy is a children’s book illustrator. She currently lives in the picturesque Western Ghats of Southern India.

She wasn’t always an illustrator. After a few years in graphic design, she started spending her evenings painting. And the love for what she was doing on that blank sketch book was far stronger than and doubts that raged in her head. 

All the little stories she said weren’t good enough to share with the world, burst out of a glass jar, and came alive like she’d always known how. One thing led to another, and Kalyani ended up sending her portfolio to publishing houses. Six months later, her career as an illustrator began unfolding.

Kalyani loves books—both fiction and non-fiction. She collaborates with authors to bring their books alive and freelances with publishing houses.

In her spare time she curates a book market alongside her mother.

Her books include Hambreelmai’s Loom (Written by Mamang Dai, Tulika Books), Janice Goes to Chinatown (Written by Anuradha Sengupta, Pratham Books) and Amrita Sher-Gil, Rebel with a Paintbrush (Written by Anita Vachharajani, Harper Collins Childrens Books)

If you wish to just say hi, or share your thoughts, do write to her at writetokye[at]gmail[dot]com.