Well-known Malayalam poet M.N Paloor passed away at his residence at Kovoor in Kozhikode on Tuesday, family sources said.
The 86-year old poet, recipient of various honours including the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award, passed away due to age-related ailments, they added.
Paloor, one of the early poets to have modern views, is the author of some of the finest Malayalam poems of the latter half of the 20th century.
His poems traced the sufferings of mankind involving all the complexities of a highly urbanised system.
Some of his major collections include 'Kalikalam', 'Pedithondan', 'Theerthayathra'and 'Bhangiyum Abhangiyum'.