Thiruvananthapuram; February 13: Leaving a number of romantic poems and lyrics to the posterity, eminent poet , lyricist and jnanpith laurate ONV Kurup passed away today evening. 84 years old Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velukurup was admitted in a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram due to kidney ailments. A poet who imparted humanism and romanticism to the Malalyalam Poetry was served as a lecturer in various government colleges in Kerala. He was survived by wife P P Sarojini, children Rajeev and Dr. Mayadevi.
ONV wrote several hundred songs for Films and Dramas. Well known revolutionary song “Balikudeerangale Smaranakalirambum Ranasmarakangale” was written by him.
Acknowledging his contribution to the literature he was awared jnanpith award in 2007. Government of India honoured him with Padmasree in 1998 and padmvibhushan in 2011. ONV won state award for best lyricist thirteen times and national award in 1989 for his lyrics for Vaishali movie. He was serving as the Editor of Thathamma, a children’s magazine from Deshabhimani. He was the member of Sahitya Academy and Kerala Sahitya Academy and served as the National President of Indian Progressive Writers. He was contested as the LDF independent candidate in Thiruvananthapuram constituency in 1989 Loksabha Elections.
He was born on 27th May 1931 in Chavara, Kollam. He passed BA in Economics from Kollam S N College and MA in Malayalam from University Collge, Thiruvananthapuram.
His first poem was published when he was 15 year old.
Sitaram Yechury ‘s Condolence Message on the Passing Away of ONV Kurup
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of ONV Kurup.
ONV, was part of the progressive and Left movement in Kerala and wrote some of the most remembered poems and film lyrics. His association with the KPAC and the penning of several songs for it made some its plays memorable. His lyrics contributed in no small measure in popularizing the message of the progressive movement in Kerala.
His death has left a deep void. Kerala and the progressive literary movement in the country will miss him.
I convey my heartfelt condolences to his wife P P Sarojini, his son Rajeev and daughter Dr. Mayadevi.