Diwakar, a well known Kannada writer, has published over 30 books of short fiction, poetry, essays, columns, translations and literary criticism. As a journalist, he has served as reporter, assistant editor and editor in various newspapers and journals. He worked as an editor at the American Consulate General in Chennai for nearly two decades.
Diwakar has participated in several major literary festivals across the country. In 2002, he was a participant at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, USA. In 2015 Oxford University Press brought out his collection of short stories, “Hundreds of Streets to the Palace of Lights”, translated into English. In fact, this work was shortlisted for Crossword Book Award.
Diwakar is a highly acclaimed short fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in almost all the major anthologies. His stories weave in and out of different perspectives, time periods, and characters to explore grief, hope, passion, and alienation. Diwakar has edited several short fiction anthologies including “Shatamaanada Sannakathegalu”, a monumental anthology of 20th century Kannada short stories. In addition, he has also conducted many workshops for young story writers.
Some of the major awards Diwakar has received include: Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi; Writer-in-Residence at the University of Iowa, Iowa, USA; Karnataka Sahitya Academy award, Bangalore; Kuvempu Bhasha Bharathi award for lifetime achievement in translation, Bangalore; Katha award, New Delhi; Dr. Masti award, Bangalore and
Dr Shivarama Karantha award, Moodabidri.