H S Shivaprakash is an acclaimed poet and playwright from Karnataka. He is considered one of the most influential voices in Kannada literature today. His literary works have been translated into most Indian languages as well as into foreign languages. He has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Awards and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards. His plays are widely staged in Karnataka and other parts of India. His important English publications include I Keep Vigil of Rudra and Traditional India Theatre.