O. N. V. Kurup
27 May 1931
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Poet, lyricist, professor
Agni Shalabhangal, Aksharam, Uppu, Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham, Ujjayini, Swayamvaram
O. N. Krishna Kurup, K. Lakshmikutty Amma
Ottaplakkal Nambiyadikkal Velu Kurup, popularly known as [1 ] O. N. V. Kurup or simply O. N. V., is a renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist from Kerala, India, who won Jnanpith Award, the highest literary award in India for the year 2007. O. N. V. Kurup is also a lyricist in Malayalam cinema. He has penned a lot of lyrics for dramas and TV serials also. He received the awards Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011, the fourth and second highest civilian honours from the Government of India. In 2007 he was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate by University of Kerala, Trivandrum. O. N. V. is known for his leftist leaning. He was the [2 ] Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate in the Thiruvananthapuram constituency for the Lok Sabha elections in 1989. [3 ]
Biography [ edit ]
O.N.V Kurup was born to O. N. Krishna Kurup and K. Lakshmikutty Amma, on 27 May 1931 at
Chavara, Kollam (Quilon) in Kerala. He lost his father when he was eight. His childhood days were spent in the village where he attended the public 'Government School, Chavara'. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Economics from SN College, [4 ] Kollam, he moved to Thiruvananthapuram city (Trivandrum) where he joined Travancore University (now Kerala University) and pursued Master of Arts (postgraduate) in Malayalam literature.
O.N.V. was a lecturer at
Maharajas College – Ernakulam, University College – Trivandrum, Arts and Science College – Kozhikode, and Brennen College – Thalassery. He joined Government Women's College – Trivandrum as the Head of Malayalam Department. He was also a visiting professor at Calicut University. He retired from service in 1986. [4 ]
He received the
Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary honour, for the year 2007. He is the fifth Jnanpith laureate from [5 ] Kerala and the second Malayalam poet to win the prestigious award. According to a statement by Bharatiya Jnanpith, the trust which presents the award, Kurup began his career as a "progressive writer and matured into a humanist though he never gave up his commitment to socialist ideology". [6 ] [7 ]
He is now settled at
Vazhuthacaud in Thiruvanathapuram, with his wife Sarojini. His son Rajeev works with the Indian Railways Authority, and daughter Dr.Mayadevi is a noted gynaecologist in Durham, United Kingdom. Malayalam playback singer Aparna Rajeev is his granddaughter. [8 ]
O. N. V.'s first published poem was 'Munnottu' (Forward) which appeared in a local weekly in 1946.
His first poetry collection named [9 ] Porutunna Soundaryam, came out in 1949. He published a book named Dahikunna Panapatram (The Thirsty Chalice) which was a collection of his early poems during 1946–1956. [10 ]
Poetic works [ edit ]
List of Poetry by Kurup
Translation in English
Year of publishing
Oru Thulli Velicham
A Drop of Light
Karutha Pakshiyude Paattu
Song of a Black Bird
Bhumikku Oru Charama Geetham
A Dirge for the Earth
Gratis (For Nothing)
Drum of Bhairavan
Oyenviyude Ganangal *
Songs of O.N.V.
Pieces of Bangle
The Song of Sun
*Collection of 1500 songs. **Poems for children
Prose list [ edit ]
List of Prose by O. N. V.
Translation in English
Year of publishing
Kavitayile Samantara Rekhakal
Parallel Lines in Poetry
Crisis in Poetry
Ezhuthachan – Oru Padanam
Ezhuthachan – A Study
Pushkin – Swatantrya Bodhatinte Durantagatha
Lyricist [ edit ]
In addition to the valuable contributions he had given to the Malayalam literature, he is one of the leading lyricists in
Malayalam film/drama/album industry. He was the part of many dramas by Kerala People's Arts Club (KPAC) which has a major remark in the revolutionary movements of Kerala. Kalam Marunnu (1956) was his first film which was also the first film by the famous Malayalam composer G. Devarajan. Since then he has been active in film until date and was honoured with one national award and thirteen state awards (the most by a Malayalee). He has penned for about 900 songs in about 232 films and a numerous songs for plays and albums. His partnerships with [11 ] Salil Chowdhury and M. B. Sreenivasan was so popular in Malayalam film industry. He has made many hit songs with popular music directors, including G. Devarajan, V. Dakshinamoorthy, M. S. Baburaj, Raveendran, M. K. Arjunan, K. Raghavan, Shyam, Johnson, Mohan Sithara, M. G. Radhakrishnan, S. P. Venkatesh, Ouseppachan, Vidhyadharan etc..
Civilian honours [ edit ]
Literary awards [ edit ]
O. N. V. has won numerous awards for his literary works.
[14 ] [15 ]
Film awards [ edit ]
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
ONV won the
Kerala State Film Award for the Best Lyricist thirteen times:
Best Lyricist (Film – Gulmohar) 1990 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Radha Madhavam) 1989 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnathil, Purappadu) 1988 – Best Lyricist (Film –
) Vaishali 1987 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivarathrikal) 1986 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Nakhashathangal) 1984 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Aksharangal, Ethiripoove Chuvannapoove) 1983 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Adaminte Variyellu) 1980 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Yagam, Ammayum Makkalum) 1979 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Ulkkadal) 1977 – Best Lyricist (Film –
) Madanolsavam 1976 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Aalinganam) 1973 – Best Lyricist (Film –
Asianet Film Awards
Positions held [ edit ]
ONV has served and headed various office of state and central government organisations. Notably:
Executive Member, Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi from 1982–86.
Kerala Kalamandalam – the State Akademi of Classical performing Arts(1996). Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Academy in 1999.
He also has been the part of various delegation at international events. Some of the notable among them being:
Visited USSR as member of an Indian Writers Delegation to participate in the 150th birth anniversary of
Leo Tolstoy. Represented India in the
Struga Poetry Evenings, Yugoslavia (1987) Attended
CISAC Asian Conference in Singapore(1990). Visited USA to participate in FOKANA Conference(1993).
Visited USA to inaugurate literary seminar in Kerala Centre, New York (1995).
Presented poems on
Beethoven and Mozart in the Department of German, University of Bonn. Indian delegate to the
CISAC World Conference held in Berlin (1998).
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