Professor B A Vivek Rai, former vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore and Kannada University, Hampi, is an eminent writer. He was invited by Wusburg University, Germany, as a research scholar in 2009. He is cherished as a veteran literary figure and has contributed to research in the field of language and culture along with having authored books, poems and novels.
His work has been acknowledged with Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 1999, Karnataka Janapada and Yakshagana Academy Award in 1996, Sandesha Award in 2000, Tulu Sahitya Academy Award in 2002 and many more. His comprehensive work in Kannada literature and especially translation has made him one of the imperative Kannada scholars of recent times.