A.K. Ramanujan was an Indian poet born in 1929 and who died at sixty-four years old in Chicago, Illinois. Ramanujan wrote in numerous genres and in both English and Kannada. His work is well-loved for his engagement with various cultures and a wide variety of applicable themes.
He is remembered as a playwright, folklorist, and translator, who spent time studying linguistics and culture, as well as a loved professor at the University of Chicago. Ramanujan received the Sahitya Akademi Award after his death in 1993. He was also honored with the title of Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India.