Saturday, February 13, 2016


O.N.V.Kurup was a retired College Professor,a gifted Writer and Poet who received the highest literary award 'Jnanpith'.He was a popular Lyricist who wrote numerous songs for Malayalam films,Dramas and Albums.He was an acclaimed elocutionist also.
O.N.V.Kurup(Ottaplackal Nambiadikkal Velu Kurup) popularly known as ONV, was born in Chavara,Kollam to parents O.N.Krishna Kurup and K.Lakshmikutty Amma.He had his schooling at his native place and graduated from S.N.College,Kollam.He studied for his masters degree in Malayalam Literature at University College,Trivandrum.He worked as Lecturer and Professor at various Government Colleges like 'University College Trivandrum,Maharajas College Ernakulam,Women's College,Trivandrum' etc.He worked as visiting Professor at Calicut University also.
His first Poetry book was published in 1946 titled 'Munnottu'.Some of his famous poetry works are 'Dahikunna Panapatram,Marubhoomi,Neelakannukal,Mayilpeeli,Mrigaya,Ujjayini,Swayamvaram' etc.
Some of his Prose works are 'Ezhuthachan Oru Padanam,Kavithayile Prathisandhikal,Kalpanikam,Patheyam' etc.
ONV got much accolades as the writer of about 1000 film songs in about 230 Malayalam films and also  several beautiful  Drama songs.He wrote songs for the Prestigious drama troupe 'Kerala People's Arts Club(K.P.A.C.) which attained large scale mass appeal.He walked along with  the Left Democratic Front and its views attracted him.His drama songs also  contributed for the revolutionary movements in Kerala  to an extent.ONV was the LDF Candidate for the  Lok Sabha elections from Thiruvananthapuram once. 
ONV Kurup also served as the Chairman of 'Kerala Kalamandalam'.He served as  Executive member of 'Kendra Sahitya Academy' and 'Kerala Sahitya Academy'.He visited U.S.A, USSR, Singapore,Berlin' etc as Indian delegate of International Events held at those places.
He received 'Vayalar Award' in 1982, 'Ezhuthachan Award in 2008'.He received Honorary Doctorate from Kerala University in 2007.O.N.V was selected as the first person for the  'Kadammanitta Award' initiated by Kadammanitta Foundation and was  given to him on 2nd April 2015 at Thiruvananthapuram.
He received Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011 from Government of India.
The highest Literary Award in India 'Jnanpith Award' was conferred  to him in 2010.
He is the fifth person to receive this award from Kerala and the second person to get if for poetry from Kerala the other Poet being G.Sankara Kurup who received it as the first person to get it after this prize was initiated.The others who got Jnanpith Award from Kerala are S.K.Pottakad,Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai and M.T.Vasudevan Nair.
ONV Kurup received National Award as Best Lyricist for the film 'Vaishali' in 1989.He won Kerala State Film Award as Best Lyricist 13 times for films like 'Swapnadanam,Ulkadal,Aksharangal,Nakhakshatangal.Vaishali,Gulmohar' etc.
Almost all eminent music directors like 'G.Devarajan,M.S.Baburaj,Salil Choudhary,Bombay Ravi,V.Dakshina Murthy,M.G.Radhakrishnan,K.Raghavan,M.B.Sreenivasan,Johnson,M.Jayachandran

,Ousepachan,Raveendran,' etc composed music for his songs.He kept close friendship with G.Devarajan which was started from his College days.
As a Lyricist he selected the most beautiful apt words and arranged them brilliantly as in a string of pearls such that when got tuned by  gifted musicians  it emitted  enchanting spectrum.All of his film/drama/album songs possess amazing charming quality and profound grand style of language which flows like a clear, cool stream.The  poems and songs which bloomed  in his garden of poetry possess  a sweet fragrance which appeals everyone.
Film entry for both ONV and G.Devarajan was for the film 'Kalam Marunnu' in 1955 and the song "Aaa Malar Poykayil" was well noted which was sung by K.S.George and KPAC Sulochana.
In i966  all Songs in the film 'Karuna' like  "Samayamayilla Polum" and "Vaar thinkal thonieri Vasantha ravil vanna" became hits composed by G.Devarajan.
Songs of the  film 'Adhyapika' composed by V.Dakshinamurthy like "Palli manikale Pallimanikale" was well appreciated.
All songs of 'Kumara Sambhavam' composed by G.Devarajan became hits like "Priya Sakhi Gange Parayoo" , "Pon Thinkal kala Pottu thotta" , "Ellam Siva mayam" etc.
All songs of 'Sree Guruvayoorappan' composed by V.Dakshinamurthy like "Eeswaran Manushyanaay Avatharichu" became hits.
Salil Choudhary was the music director of the film 'Swapnam' in 1973 which contained beautiful songs like "Mane Mane Vili Kelku".
In 1974 the film 'Neelakanukal' had this beautiful song "Kallolini Vana Kallolini".
The song "Nada Brahmamayi" is from the film 'Agnipushpam' and music is  by M.K.Arjunan.
K.Raghavan composed songs of the film 'Yudhakandam' which has  beautiful songs like  "Shyama Sundara meghame".
The song "Onapoove Omalpoove" was a nostalgia from the film 'Ee Ganam Marakkumo' and it was composed by Salil Choudhary.
All the songs of the film 'Madanolsavam' composed by Salil Dada was well received like "Sandhye Kannerithenthe sandhye snehamayee".
All the songs of the film 'Ulkadal' composed by M.B.Sreenivasan like "Nashtavasanthathin thapthaniswasame" and "Sharadindu Malardeepa" are nice.
The song "Thumbi Vaa Thumbakudathin" from the film 'Olangal' is excellent and the music director is Ilayaraja.
M.B.Sreenivasan composed the beautiful song "Chaitram Chayam Chalichu" from the film 'Chillu'.
The song "Thozhuthu madangum sandhyail etho" from the film 'Aksharangal' composed by Shyam received love from all.
All the songs of the film 'Kathodu Kathoram' composed by Ouseppachan like "Devadoothar Padi" . "Nee En Sarga Soundaryame" amused music lovers.
Ilayaraja composed the nice songs of the film 'Yatra' like "Thannannam thalathil".
The songs like  "Sukhamo Devi" composed by Raveendran from the film 'Sukhamo devi' are excellent.
Songs of the film 'Namukku Parkan Munthiri Thoppukal' composed by Johnson caught good response.
All the songs of the film 'Panchagni' like "Aa Rathri Manju Poyi" composed by Bombay Ravi were well received.
Songs of the film 'Nakhakshathangal' like "Kevalam  Marthya Bhasha Kelkatha" , and "Manjal Prasadavum" received good reception.
All the songs of 'Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu vettam' composed by Johnson and from the film  'Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivrathrikal' composd by M.B.Sreenivasan are highly relished.

The songs of the film 'Aranyakam' like "Olichirikkan Vallikudilil" are melodious.
All the songs of the film 'Vaishali' well written and well composed received mass appeal like "Indupushpam" and "Dum Dum Dum Dundubhi Nadam".

The song "Isabella" from the film 'Isabella' composed by Johnson  are nice.
The song "Jnattuvelakiliye" from the film 'Midhunam' and the song "Rappadi kezhunnuvo" from the film 'Aakashadoothu' are unforgettable.

The song " Kathil Then Mazhayaay Padum katte" composed by Salil Choudhary from the film 'Thumboli Kadppuram' felt as a shower of honey to the listeners.

A bunch of roses are gifted to the listeners by ONV and Ramesh Narayanan by the song "Oru Naru Pushpamaay" from the film 'Meghamalhar'.
Ilayaraja composed beautifully for the golden lines of ONV for the film 'Kerala Varma Pazhassiraja' like the song "Kunnathe Konnakkum".

A soothing effect and feeling is created by the nice  lines of ONV by equally  good  music by M.Jayachandran for the song "Lalee Lalee" from the film 'Kalimannu'.

53 year old drama song of ONV  " Madhurikkum Ormakale"  is recreated in the film 'karanavar'(2014) and sung by O.N.V.Kurup's grand daughter 'Aparna Rajeev' and 'Najim Arshad'.Aparna Rajeev is an upcoming and  accomplished singer. 
O.N.V.Kurup passed away on 13th February 2016.The memories of this highly revered 'College Professor,Litterateur,Poet,Lyricist,Revolutionist,Social Worker' will remain immortal for ever. 

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