Chandrasekhar Kambar (b. 1937-) is a prolific poet, playwright and novelist of a rare eminence. He was the first Vice- Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi and served the university for two terms. He was the Chairman of Karnataka Nataka Academy; the Chairman, National School of Drama, New Delhi and was a member of the Executive Boards of Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi. He is one of the Theatre Experts for Govt, of India since 1995 and various other Institutions like Ford Foundation; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; Rangayana, Mysore. He has received Sahitya Akademi award for his play Sirisampige in 1991 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1983 as best playwright. Govt, of India has conferred Padmashri on him. Govt, of Madhya Pradesh has bestowed Kabeer Samman and Govt, of Karnataka honoured him with its highest literary Award Pampa Prashasthi. He is now the nominated Member of Legislative Council of Karnataka.
Kambar born in Ghodgeri in Belgaum District, Karnataka and studied for his post graduate degree in Kannada, and got the his Ph.D. for his work on folk theatre from Karnataka in Dharwad from Karnatak University. He taught in the University of Chicago from 1968 to 1970 and was a Fullbright scholar. Later he taught at Bangalore University from 1970 to 1991. Kambar has 50 works to his credit which include 22 plays, 9 collections of poems, 4 novels and 15 research works. His recent epic, Chakori has been widely acknowledged by the critics.