K. Chinnappa Gowda (born 1955) is formerly a Professor of Kannada, Mangalore University and was, for a while, the Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Folklore University. His special interest is on Tulu Folk Epics and Folk Theatre. Among his more important works are Bhutaradhane:Jaanapdeeya Adhyayana.Samskriti Siri, Jalata and Mask and the Message. He was one of the editors, along with Lauri Honko, Anneli Honko and Viveka Rai, of Siri Epic as Performed by Gopala Naika (2 vols.) He has visited Tubingen (Germany) Turku (Finland) and Waseda (Japan) universities on various academic assignments. He has collaborated with Prof. B. Surendra Rao in translating Tulu works into English and brought out, Ladle in a Golden Bowl ( 2017), When Moonlight is Very Hot (2018), Mittabail Yamunakka: A Tale Of a Landlord’s Household (2018), The Rain Boy (2018) and Sati Kamale (in Press). He is a recipient of many prestigious awards such as Tuḷu Sahitya Academy Award; Dr. Shivarama Karanth Award and KS. Haridasa Bhat Award.