PRATHIBHA NANDAKUMAR is a well known Author, Poet, Journalist, Film maker, Columnist and Translator . She is the Recipient of the Senior Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, Devi Cult in South India, Socio-cultural Study of Goddess Chamundi -2014. She is the Grantee of India Foundation for the Arts – Performing Cafe Poetry 2015. she was a UGC Research Scholar in Linguistic Analysis of Kannada Inscriptions, 1985. She was the Ex-Chief Desk Editor of Deccan Herald for Ten Years till 2001 and also Ex-Chief Editor, Newsable, Asianet News Service . She was the Ex-Associate Editor of Agni Weekly Tabloid till 1990 . She works as a Columnist for Bangalore Mirror and as Director, Surya Creative Services, Media Services Agency.
Her major publications are Fourteen collections of poems in Kannada,Two collections of Short Stories in Kannada, Anudinada Antharagange – Autobiography in Kannada, Translated Shashi Deshpande’s English stories, Translations of Dogri poems by Padma Sachdev to Kannada, Two collections of column writings, Three Memoirs of artistes B Saroja Devi, Srinath, S K Padmadevi, Two short plays for children, Twenty one poems – English, Collected poems – English, ‘Culture for Peace’ – Indo Nepalese Cultural exchange (In print), Over 10,000 pages of articles published in newspapers, magazines, Translated ‘Shivagami’ – Anand Neelakantan’s novel, The Saga of Sivagami, into Kannada etc.
She is the recipient of various awards including Muddana Kavya Prashasthi,1996, Dr. Shivarama Karantha Prashasthi, 1999 , PU THI NA Kavya Prashasthi, 2000, Karnataka State Sahitya Academy Prashasthi, 2000, B H Sridhara Sahitya Prashasthi 2001, Mahadevi Verma Kavya Samman, 2003. Hoogar Memorial Award for journalism, 2006, Gowrish Kaikini Sahitay Prashasti, 2005, Rashtrakavi
Dr G S Shivarudrappa Kavya Prashasti, 2006, Dr Anupama Niranjana Award, 2012, Bangalore Literary Festival Literary Achievement Award, 2015, Infosys Foundation Literature Award, 2016, Pankajasree Sahitya Prashasti, Sahitya Parishat, 2017.