Jalpaiguri, Oct 16 Poet Punyaslok Dasgupta known for his simplicity and loved by the common man, died of kidney ailment at a hospital here yesterday, family sources said.
He was 66 and is survived by his daughter.
Dasgupta did not follow any particular style. Fantasy and mysticism were reflected in his works which include 'Kuashar Bagan' and 'Chander Sangeet'.
Widely-known for his hospitality, poets and eminent persons used to flock to his house at Dhupguri area here.
On the directives of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, district officials escorted the poet's body from the Jalpaiguri district hospital to his home yesterday.
Recalling his first meeting with Dasgupta in 1985, poet Subodh Sarkar said, "I had seen how much popular he was among tea plantation workers, hawkers and the man on the street.
"On numerous occasions I found how much he was loved by the people of north Bengal for his simplicity," Sarkar said.
Regretting that Dasgupta did not get much recognition for his poems, Sarkar said, "But he got the love of people."