K. Saradamoni was born in Kerala in 1928. She studied economics for her BA and MLitt. After working in the Bureau of Economics in Thiruvananthapuram for a few years, she moved to join the Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Unit, Delhi. She received her doctorate in socio-economic history working with Louis Dumont; her doctoral work was published as Emergence of a Slave Caste: Pulayas of Kerala. She has published several books and articles in English and Malayalam. She passed away in 2021.