ONV Kurupp - The Legendry Poet Of Malayalam

ONV Kurupp is a renowned malayalam poet, who has endeared himself to Malayalees with his literary talent. He was a poet, lyricist, cultural leader and a writer of Malayalam prose. He was chosen for Padmavibhooshan award by the central government

ONV Kurupp - The Legendry Poet Of Malayalam

ONV Kuruppu (Ottaplakkal Nambiyadikkal Velu Kurup) is a renowned Malayalam poet from Kerala, India., He was born to O. N. Krishna Kurup and K. Lakshmikutty Amma, on May 27, 1931 at Kollam, Kollam. He lost his father at an early age. He had graduated from SN College, Kollam, and then moved to Thiruvanthapuram to pursue master's degree course in Malayalam literature at the Travancore University.

He had joined Kerala Government Service as a college lecturer, and had worked in Maharaja's Collete- Ernakulam, University College – Thiruvananthapuram, Arts and Science College – Kozhikode, and Brennan College – Thalassery among others. Later he had joined Government Women's College – Thiruvananthapuram as the Head of Malayalam Department. He was also a visiting professor at Kozhikode University. He retired from service in 1986.

As a Poet

ONV's first published poem Munnottu (forward) came out in 1946 in a local publication. Porutunna Soundaryam, which was published in 1949, is a collection of his poems. This was followed by another collection, Dahikkunna Paanapathram.

Poetry Works

1 Daahikunna Paanapaathram The Thirsty Chalice 1956
2 Marubhumi The Desert
3 Neelakkannukal Blue Eyes
4 Mayilpeeli Peacock Feather 1964
5 Oru Thulli Velicham A Drop of Light
6 Agni Shalabhangal Fire Moths 1971
7 Aksharam Alphabet 1974
8 Karutha Pakshiyude Paattu Song of a Black Bird 1977
9 Uppu The Salt 1980
10 Bhumikku Oru Charama Geetham A Dirge for the Earth 1984
11 Shaarngka Pakshikal 1987
12 Mrigaya Hunting 1990
13 Thonnyaksharangal Nonsense Alphabets 1989
14 Aparahnam Afternoon 1991
15 Ujjayini Ujjain 1994
16 Veruthe Gratis (For Nothing)
17 Swayamvaram Swayamvara 1995
18 Bhairavante Thudi Drum of Bhairavan
19 Oyenviyude Ganangal * Songs of O.N.V.(collection of 1500 songs)
20 Valappottukal ** Pieces of Bangle (children's songs)

Prose Works

1 Kavitayile Samanthara Rekhakal Parallel Lines in Poetry
2 Kavitayile Pratisandhikal Crisis in Poetry
3 Ezhuthachan - Oru Padanam Ezhuthachan - A Study
4 Patheyam Food carried
5 Kalpanikam Imaginative
6 Pushkin - Swatantrya Bodhatinte Durantagatha

ONV has also enriched Malayalam movie song lyrics with his highly poetic, and meaningful lyrics that went well with the situations for which they were written for. He was also involved with the well known drama troupe Kerala People's Arts Club (KPAC), which played a vital role in championing many revolutionary movements in the state. He had penned many popular lyrics for various plays of KPAC. His first movie was Kaalam Maarunnu for which music was composed by his friend, G. Devarajan. Incidentally, this was also Devarajan's first movie as a music composer. He had won one National Award and one thirteen State Awards for best lyrics. He had so far written about 900 lyrics for 232 movies apart from his numerous works for plays and albums. ONV – Devarajan, ONV – Salil Chowdhary, and ONV – MB Sreenivasan were very popular musical partnership that had given birth to several popular hits. He had also worked with music directors like Baburaj, Dhakshinamoorthy, Ravindran, MK Arjunan, Shyam, Johnson, SP Venkitesh, and Ouseppachan.

Awards from State / Central Governments

O. N. V. has won two major awards from the Kerala State and two from the Indian government.
• 2007 - Jnanpith Award Annonced on 24th September 2010
• 2011 Padmavibhooshan
• 1998 - Padmasree
• 1982 - Vayalar Award for Uppu
• 1975 - Kendra Sahitya Academy Award Malayalam for Aksharam
• 1971 - Kerala Sahithya Academy Award for Agni Salabhangal

National Film Awards

• 1989 - Best Lyricist - Vaishali

Kerala State Film Awards

He won the Kerala State film awards for the Best Lyricist thirteen times:

• 2008 - 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 - Swapna Nadanam)

Asianet Film Awards

• 2001 - Best Lyricist Award -Meghamalhar
• 2002 - Best Lyricist Award -Ente Hridayatinte Udama

Other awards and recognition

• 1981 - Soviet Land Nehru Award for Uppu (A noted poetic work of Dr. Kurup)
• 1982 - Vayalar Rama Varma Award for Uppu
• 2003 - Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam "Sahithya Award"
• 2007 - Honorary Doctorate (honoris causa) by University of Kerala
• 2008 - Ezhuthachan Award
• 2009 - Ramashramam Trust Award

Positions Held

ONV has held many important position in central and state government organizations. He was Executive member of Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi; Chairman, Kerala Kala mandalam; fellow of Kerala Sahitya Academy, are just a few to mention.

He lives in Thiruvananthapuram with his wife and two children.


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