In the 1950s and 1960s Adiga was a teacher in Mysore. From 1964 until 1968 he was the principal of Lal Bahadur College in Sagara, and from 1968 until 1971 he was Principal of Poorna Prajna College in Udupi.
His style has been described[by whom?] as a response to the independence of India from British rule in 1947. The style called Navya was generally about the new times. Inspired by modern Western literature and Indian tradition, he set out to portray the "disillusionment and angst of the times".
Bhavataranga - 1946
Anathey' - 1954 (novel)
Bhoomi Geetha - 1959
Mannina Vasane (book of essays) - 1966
Vardhamana - 1972
Idanna Bayasiralilla (poems) - 1975
Samagra Kavya (collection of poems) - 1976
Sakshi (Magazine) - 1962
"ಇರುವುದೆಲ್ಲವ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಇರದುದರೆಡೆಗೆ ತುಡಿವುದೆ ಜೀವನ?" (Iruvudellava bittu iradudaredege tudivude jeevana?)
Is life leaving everything we have and craving for things which we do not have?
"ಮೌನ ತಬ್ಬಿತು ನೆಲವ" (mouna tabbitu nelava)