K. G. Sankara Pillai is an eminent Indian poet and an accomplished translator. He came into prominence in the 1970s with the publication of the poem Bengal and is now very popular among the modernist poets of Kerala. A recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards and Kendra Sahitya Akademi Awards in 1998 and 2002 respectively, his writings in Malayalam have been translated into many Indian languages, as well as Chinese, French, German, English and Sinhala. He has also been the editor of several important literary journals. Pillai was the Chairperson of Jananeethi, a human rights organization.