O. N. V. Kurup : Profile & Biography


O. N. V. Kurup, the famous Malayalam poet, lyricist as well as professor was born to O. N. Krishna Kurup & K. Lakshmikutty Amma in the year 27 May 1931. This article gives an idea about some of the important poetic works & awards won by O. N. V. Kurup.

Profile & biography of O. N. V. Kurup


O. N. V. kurup

Date of birth: 27 May 1931
Place of birth: Chavara
Father: O. N. Krishna Kurup
Mother: K. Lakshmikutty Amma
Spouse: Sarojini
Children: 2
Education: Post graduation
Occupation: Poet, Lyricist, Professor
School studied: Government School, Chavara
College studied: S. N. College, Kollam, Kerala University, Trivandrum
Lecturer: Maharajas College, Ernakulam, University College, Trivandrum, Arts & Science College, Kozhikode, Brennen College, Thalassery.
Head of the Malayalam department: Government Women's College, Trivandrum
Visiting professor: Calicut University
Retired: 1986

O. N. V. Kurup, the famous Malayalam poet was born on 27 May 1931. His parents are O. N. Krishna Kurup & K. Lakshmikutty Amma. We all know that O .N .V .Kurup is a famous poet. But you should remember the fact that O .N .V .Kurup is a professor as well as a lyricist also. The Maharajas College where O .N .V .Kurup worked as a lecturer was established in the year 1875. This college is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University located at Kottayam district, Kerala. Another interesting fact is that the University College, Trivandrum, established in the year 1834 is affiliated to the Kerala University. The Brennen College, Thalassery was established in the year 1862.

Some of the important poetic works by O .N .V .Kurup


Some of the important poetic works by O .N. V. Kurup are Mayilpeeli, Daahikunna paanapaathram, Agni shalabhangal, Aksharam, Swayamvaram, Uppu etc.

Awards won by O. N. V .Kurup


O .N .V .Kurup, the famous Malayalam poet had won several awards like Kerala Sahitya Academy Award, Kendra Sahitya Academy Award, Vayalar Award, Padma Shri, Jnanpith Award, Padma Vibhushan, Soviet Land Nehru Award, Vayalar Rama Varma Award, Ezhuthachan Award, Ramashramam Trust Award, Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam Sahithya Award, Honorary Doctorate etc. It should be noted that O. N. V .Kurup was awarded the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award for Agni Salabhangal in the year 1971. Also note that this famous poet was awarded the Kendra Sahitya Academy Award for Aksharam in the year 1975. The Vayalar award instituted by Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Trust was given to O. N. V. Kurup for Uppu in the year 1982. The Jnanpith award is considered as a literary award which was instituted in the year 1961. Padma Vibhushan & Padma Shri is considered as the highest civilian honors from India government.

Awards won by O. N. V. Kurup for best lyricist


I have already mentioned that O. N. V .Kurup is a lyricist. It should be noted that O. N. V. Kurup was awarded the national film award for best lyricist in 1989 for the film Vaishali. Also he won the Kerala state film awards for best lyricist in the years 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 2008. Remember that these Kerala state film awards was given to O. N. V. Kurup for the films Swapna Nadanam, Aalinganam, Gulmohar, Radha Madhavam, Vaishali, Madanolsavam, Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivarathrikal, Nakhashathangal, Aksharangal, Adaminte Variyellu, Ulkkadal, Yagam etc. This popular Malayalam poet was given the Asianet film awards for best lyricist award in 2001 & 2002 for the films Meghamalhar & Ente Hridayatinte Udama.

Important positions held by O. N .V .Kurup


It should be noted that O. N. V. Kurup was the fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Academy in the year 1999. He was also the executive member of the Sahitya Academy in New Delhi from 1982-1986. Another important point regarding O. N. V. Kurup is that he was the chairman of the Kerala Kalamandalam in the year 1996.


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