Thrissur: Pioneer Malayalam poet and translator Attoor Ravi Varma passed away here on Friday. The 88-year-old was undergoing treatment for pneumonia at a private hospital here.
Ravi Varma is regarded as a member of the group of poets who modernism in Malayalam literature. His poems ignored the metre and used free verse.
Ravi Varma was presented with the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry and Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation among many other honours.
The Government of Kerala honoured him with its highest literary award, the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, in 2012 and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi inducted him as their distinguished fellow in 2017.