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Padma Vibhushan awardee O N V Kurup passes away

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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.

Padma Vibhushan awardee O N V Kurup passes awayAbout 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 CollegeTrivandrum 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.