Vyasaraya Ballal (1923-2008) has written 25 books, and more than 100 short stories mostly in Kannada. His other works include essays, travelogues and adaptation of plays. The adaptations include plays by George Bernard Shaw and Henrik Ibsen. His novel Vatsalya Patha has been translated into Marathi and the novel Bandaya into Tamil, Bangla and Marathi. Some of his short stories have also been translated into Gujarati, Malayalam, English and Hindi. He was able to brilliantly portray the emotional complexities and the struggles of families dealing with social pressure. He has received several prestigious awards such as the Sahitya Akademi Award (1986), the Maharashtra Government Gourava Puraskar (1990), the A N Krishnarao Award (2000), the Masti Award (2004) and others.
“Two things that have contributed to my creative zeal are my aesthetic aspirations and a desire, born out of a frustrated and difficult childhood, to probe what is real.”