O N V Kurup  born on May 27, 1931 at  Chavara , a coastal village in Kerala is   one of  the  greatest  poets  Kerala  has  seen.  He  spent his childhood in an   environment where  a peaceful agrarian culture was in constant  confrontation   with industrialisation.

 Poetry, according to O N V, was a drop of light  that  came to him in the dark   solitude  of his   childhood. His  first published poem was  'Munnottu' (Forward)   which  appeared  in  a  local  weekly  in  1946. It was only an outburst  of his   exuberant  patriotic  sentiments, but it  marked the beginning of a long poetic   career.

  In  every  poem, the poet assumes  the role  of the spokesman of millions   who are   languishing in darkness and poses questions to the reader. He is not   bothered  about 'isms' in literature, but he writes  poetry as it comes to him.   His  poems  purveys  the  message to fight the battle of life against tyranny,   desecration and destruction.

 
 

Ottaplavil Neelakandan Velu Kurup (Malayalam: ഒറ്റപ്ലാവില് നീലകണ്ഠന് വേലു കുറുപ്പ്) is a famous Malayalam poet from Kerala, India. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest living poets in India. O. N. V. Kurup is also a lyricist in Malayalam cinema. He received the Padmashri Award from the Government of India in 1998. He is also called O. N. V., without the surname. O. N. V. is known for his leftist leaning. He was the Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate in the Thiruvananthapuram constituency for the Lok-Sabha elections in 1989, and was the runner-up.

Awards

Awards from State / Central Governments

O. N. V. has won two major awards from the Kerala State and two from the Indian government.

§                     Padma Shri in 1998

§                     Vayalar Ramavarma Award for Uppu in 1982

§                     Kendra Sahitya Academy Award (Malayalam) for Aksharam in 1975

§                     Kerala Sahithya Academy Award in 1971 for Agni Salabhangal

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Kerala State Film Awards

 

He won the Kerala State film awards for the Best Lyricist twelve times.

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1973 (film - SwapnaNadanam)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1976 (film - Aalinganam)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1977 (film - Madanolsavam)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1979 (film - Ulkkadal)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1980 (film - Yagam, Ammayum Makkalum)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1983 (film - Adaminte Variyellu)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1984 (film - Aksharangal, Ethiripoove Chuvannapoove)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1986 (film - Nagakshathangal)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1987 (film - Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivarathrikal)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1988 (film - Vaishali)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1989 (film - Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnathil, Purappadu)

§                     State Film Award for Best lyricist in 1990 (film - Radha Madhavam)

Other awards and recognition

A noted poetic work of Mr. Kurup titled Uppu won the Soviet Land Nehru Award in 1981 and the Vayalar Rama Varma Award in 1982.

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