In 2274, she began studies at the Starfleet Academy Command Staff College. Among her classmates were Alexander Rosenzweig (with whom she would have a brief fling years later), Janna Talmadge and Shrevas sh'Zanasethri. (Star Trek: Avenger: "Belonging"; Star Trek: Shadowstar Station: "Pomp and Circumstantial Evidence")
The Saladin-class destroyer USS Iblis, commanded by Captain Divakuruni, was assigned to the sector that included the Beta Miranda system and Shadowstar Station in 2287. Iblis was destroyed during the events of Operation Blackjack. (Star Trek: Shadowstar Station: Operation Blackjack) For six years, a flight of perimeter action ships took Iblis ' place on patrol.
The character's given name is Sanskrit for "song". "Sanura" is a Swahili name meaning "kitten". Her surname is derived from the author Chitra Banerjee Divakuruni.