Vinayaka Krishna Gokak (1909–1992) was a major writer in the Kannada language and a scholar of English and Kannada literatures. He was fifth among eight recipients of the Jnanpith Award (1990) for Kannada language for his epic Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi. Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi that deals with the vedic age is perhaps the longest epic written in any language in the 20th Century.
In 1961, Gokak was awarded the Padmashree from the Government of India for Dyava Prithvi.
Vinayak Gokak studied literature at Karnatak College Dharwar and then was awarded a First by the University of Oxford. On his return from Oxford, in 1938, he became principal of Willingdon College, Sangli and subsequently he headed other colleges, universities and elite institutes in India. He was an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and also served as the first Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Puttaparthi, Anantapur District between 1981 - 1985. His novel Samarasave Jeevana is considered one of the representative works of Navodaya literature in Kannada.
- Dhyava Pruthvi (Kannada Saahithya Academy Award)
- Samudra Geethegalu