M Mukundan, a native of Mayyazhi is a pioneer of modernism in Malayalam literature. He penned over 40 books including novels and essays. His work ‘E lokam Athiloru Manushyan’ won Kerala Sahithya Akademi Awad. He also won Kendra Sahithya Akademi Award, MP Paul Award, Muttathu Varkey Award and Krishna Warrier award. The French government conferred on him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1998 for his contribution to literature.