Vivek Shanbhag (ವಿವೇಕ ಶಾನಭಾಗ) is an Indian story writer, novelist and playwright in Kannada. He is the author of eight works of fiction and two plays, all of which have been published in Kannada. His works have been translated into English and several other Indian languages. Vivek Shanbhag also worked as editor for the literary magazine "Desha Kaala" for 5 years. "Desha Kaala" was considered as one of the best literary magazines in Kannada.
Shanbhag was a Writer in Residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa during the fall of 2016. Vivek Shanbhag is considered as one of the finest writer in the history of Kannada Literature. "Huli Savaari", "Kantu", "Noolina Eni", "Guruthu", "Langaru", "Ankura", "Mattobbana Samsara", "Sharvana Services", "Ghachar Gochar", "Innu Ondu", "Ondu Badi Kadalu" and "Ooru Bhanga" are his best contribution to the Kannada fiction. His short stories and novels are highly praised by critics. Through his recent novella Ghachar Gochar he got huge popularity as a writer from allover the nation.