Padma Vibhushan awardee, eminent Malayalam poet, lyricist, professor and environmentalist O N V Kurup passed away due to cardiac arrest. He was 84.
- He was one of the leading lyricists in Malayalam film, drama and album industry and also the much respected teacher of Malayalam literature.
About O. N. V. Kurup:
1931 born Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup was the Master of Arts in Malayalam literature.
- He served as a lecturer at Maharajas College – Ernakulam, University College.
- He joined Government Women’s College – Trivandrum as the Head of Malayalam Department.
- He was the part of many dramas by Kerala People’s Arts Club (KPAC).
- Kalam Marunnu (1956) was his first film.
- He has penned about 900 songs in about 232 films and numerous songs for plays and albums.
Awards & Recognitions:
He was honoured with 1 national award and 13 state awards.
- In 1989, he was honoured with National Film Award as Best Lyricist for Vaishali.
- In 1998, he was conferred with Padma Shri.
- In 2007, he was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate by University of Kerala, Trivandrum.
- In 2007, he was conferred with Jnanpith award. He was the fifth Jnanpith laureate from Kerala and the second Malayalam poet to win the prestigious award.
- In 2011, he was conferred with Padma Vibhushan.
ONV has served and headed various offices of state and central government organisations.
- From 1982-86, he served as the Member of Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
- Fe also served as the Chairman of the State Akademi of Classical performing Arts, Kerala.
He also has been the part of various delegations at international events.