M R Kamala was born in the year 1959 in Metikurke, a village in the district of Hassan to parents M H Ramaswamy and Smt. Vishalakshi. An M.A and LLB graduate from Bangalore University, she was awarded the “B.M. Shree Gold Medal” for excelling in Western Literature. She also holds a diploma in French language studies. She is well known for her works in Kannada Literature and is an established Bharatanatyam dancer.
Her published poetry collections include: Shakuntalopakhyaana(1988), Jaane and other poems(1992) which have recieved the “Matoshri Ratnamma Heggade” and “Muddana” poetry awards respectively. Her third poetry collection Hoovu Chellida Haadi was published in the year 2007. Maaribidi is her latest poetry collection published in 2017.