Sridhar Gowda, a literary agent and a publisher started his career in the book trade as a bookseller in the UK in 1994. In 1997, he co-founded an internet bookshop, selling over 3 million titles, and in 2005 co-founded Peak Literary Festival in the heart of the Peak District countryside. He curated the events for the festival for 5 years. He also co-founded Peak Platform, a publishing venture in the UK in 2009 and entered the Indian market in 2011.
The Kannada language titles he has published include Central Sahitya Academy Award winning title ‘Papu Gandhi Gandhi Bapu Aada Kathe’ and the Kannada translation of John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’. Through the Kadalu Literary Agency he represents works of many award winning Indian language writers including Dr U R Ananthamurthy, Dr Chandrasekhar Kambar, M T Vasudevan Nair, Sethu Madhavan, Devanoor Mahadeva, Dr Shivaram Karanth, Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Mamta Sagar.