THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In memory of late poet ONV Kurup, a Kalagramam (cultural village)- a visual representation of his poems- will be established at Chavara (Kollam district), his birth place. In Thiruvananthapuram, steps will be taken to install his statue.
Chief Minister informed this at the Assembly, while paying respect to the late poet. The Assembly was adjourned for the day without transacting any business.
In his condolence speech, Speaker N Sakthan said ONV was a poet who had influenced the progress of Malayalam poetry for more than 65 years. “His poems are close to all living and non-living beings in the world. They were the light of love and dreams. I am proud that I had been his student in University College for three years. His political advice has guided me all through my political career,” he said.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said ONV was a poet who conquered the hearts of Malayalis by being a nature lover and being their dear poet. “He was the sentinel of Malayalam language and he was in the forefront in the efforts to achieve classical status for Malayalam.”
Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said ONV was able to spread the fragrance of Malayalam all over the nation. He played a key role in the KPAC’s mission to rebuild the socio-political history of Kerala.
Minister P K Kunhalikutty, E Chandrasekharan (CPI), K M Mani ( Kerala Congress), Mathew T Thomas (Janata Dal-S), Minister K P Mohan (JDU), A K Saseendran (NCP), Minister Shibu Baby John (RSP) and K B Ganesh Kumar (Kerala Congress B) also made remembrance speeches.