THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Poet ONV Kurup breathed his last at KIMS hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday evening. He was 85. For some time, he had been under treatment for old age-related diseases.
He was the winner of Jnanpith Award, the highest literary award in India for the year 2007. O. N. V. Kurup is also a highly-respected lyricist in Malayalam cinema. He has penned a lot of lyrics for dramas and TV serials also. He was decorated with Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011, the fourth and second highest civilian honours from the Government of India, respectively. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Kerala, Trivandrum.
The cremation will be conducted on Monday morning. He is survived by wife P P Sarojini, son Rajeevan (Railway employee) and daughter Dr Maya Devi (Gynaecologist in London).
In the 1989, he won the National Award for Best Lyricist for his work in the movie "Vaishali" and the Kerala State Film Award 13 times for movies which include Gulmohar, Radha Madhavam, Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivarathrikal and Yagam.
‘Madhurikkum Ormakale’ (Kaaranavar), ‘Panineeru peyyum nilaavil’ (Prem Poojaari), "Orunarupushpamay" (Meghamlhar), ‘Poovaay virinju’ (Adharvam), ‘Indupushpam’ (Vaishali), ‘Oru Dalam Maathram’ (Jaalakam), ‘Manjal Prasaadavum’, ‘Neeraaduvaan Nilayil’ (Nakhakshathangal), ‘Vaathilppazuthilooden’ (Idanaazhiyil Oru Kaalocha), and ‘Sukhamo devi’ (Sukhamo Devi) are some of his popular songs.
Born to O N (Ottaplakkal Nambiyadikkal) Krishna Kurup and K Lakshmikutty Amma of Ottaplakkal family on May 27 in 1931 at Chavara in Kollam, O N Velu Kurup graduated in economics from SN College, Kollam and post graduated in Malayalam literature. He lost his father when he was just eight years old.
Parameswaran was his first name. When getting admitted to school, he was given his grandfather’s name –Tevadi Velukuruppu and his father’s initials. Thus his name became O N Velu Kurup or O N V Kurup.
He started writing poems when he was a school student and his first compilation of poems came out in 1949 under the title Poruthunna soundaryam. “Njan Ninne Snehikkunnu, Mattuvin Chattangale, Dhahikkunna Panapathram, Neelakannukal, Mayil Peeli, Aksharam, Oruthullivelicham, Karutha Pakshiyude Pattu, Agni Shalabhangal, Bhoomikkoru Chramageetham, Mrigaya, Vruthe, Uppu, Aparhnam, Bhairavante Thudi, Ujjayini, Marubhoomi and Thonnyaksharangal are among his published books of poems.