Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup , also known as ONV Kurup, was a renowned Indian poet, lyricist, and screenwriter from the state of Kerala. He was born on May 27, 1931, in Chavara, Kerala, India and passed away on February 13, 2016.
ONV Kurup started his career as a teacher and later worked as a journalist, but his true passion was always writing. He established himself as a leading poet in the Malayalam language and was a pioneer of modern Malayalam poetry. His works blended classical and modern styles, and he was known for his unique voice and insightful commentary on society, politics, and human relationships. He won several awards and accolades for his poetry, including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1969 for his collection of poems titled ‘Dhwani’.
As a lyricist, ONV Kurup wrote for over 800 songs in Malayalam, many of which have become iconic in the Indian film industry. He was known for his ability to write lyrics for a variety of genres, including love, patriotism, and devotional music. His lyrics were known for their depth, beauty, and social relevance, and he won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics in 1983 for the song ‘Ozhukiyozhuki’ from the film ‘Njan Gandharvan’.
In addition to his work as a lyricist, ONV Kurup was also a successful screenwriter and wrote for several popular films in the Malayalam language. He was known for his ability to blend humor, social commentary, and thought-provoking themes in his screenplays.
ONV Kurup was a socially conscious person who used his writing to address important social issues and raise awareness about the plight of the oppressed and marginalized. He was a champion of secularism and human rights and his works continue to inspire people all over the world.
ONV Kurup was not only a great poet, lyricist, and screenwriter but also a charismatic personality. He was loved and respected by millions of people for his contributions to Indian art and culture. He was a mentor to many aspiring writers and his death was a great loss to the world of Malayalam literature.
ONV Kurup’s contributions to the Malayalam film industry are immense, and he is remembered as one of the greatest lyricists and screenwriters in Indian history. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 for his contributions to Indian art and culture, and his works continue to inspire and captivate audiences today.
List of major poems of ONV Kurup
- Onappoove Omal Poove – ONV Kurup
- Uppu – ONV Kurup
- Choroonu – O N V Kurup
- Agni Shalabhangal – ONV Kurup
- Madhurikkum Ormakale – ONV Kurup
- Kannaki- O N V Kurup
- Kothambu Manikal – ONV Kurup
- Nishaagandhi Neeyethra Dhanya – ONV Kurup
- Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham – ONV Kurup
- Kunjedathi – ONV Kurup
- Amma – ONV Kurup
- Agni – ONV Kurup
- Paadheyam – ONV Kurup
- Moham – ONV Kurup
- Malayalam – ONV Kurup
- Pengal – ONV Kurup