Pune: Eminent Marathi poet Manik Godghate alias "Grace" died on Monday in a city hospital after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 75.

Known for his trend setting poetry which depicted pathos in human life with a mystical element, Godghat who wrote with pen name 'Grace', won many awards for his literature that also included collections of free flowing individualistic articles.

He won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award last year for his book 'Varyane halte raan'.

Acclaimed for his experimentation with poetic form, Grace was considered a path breaking Marathi poet of his times. His collections of poems included 'Sandhyakalchya Kavita', 'Rajputra and Darling', 'Sanjbhayachay saajani' and 'Chandramadhaviche Pradesh".

The other works of Grace in prose form included 'Churchbell' and 'Mitva'. The poet, who hailed from Nagpur, worked as a college lecturer in that city.