A Homage to ONV Kurup – Malayalam Legendary Poet and Lyricist

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist O N V Kurup passed away at a KIIMS hospital,Trivandrum Saturday, his family said. He was 84 is survived by wife, a son and daughter.. His body was kept at VJT Hall in Trivandrum where many gathered to pay tribute.

He has penned over 900 songs in over 200 films  In addition to his valuable contributions to Malayalam literature, he has written over 900 songs in over 200 films and also numerous songs for dramas and plays. He received Padma Shri in 1998 and Padmabhushan in 2011 for his contributions to Malayalam literature. He also has won many national and state awards to his credit for his lyrics. In 2007, he was also awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the University Of Kerala

“Shri ONV Kurup’s demise is a major loss to Malayalam literature. His works were admired widely. May his soul rest in peace”. A tweet my Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He published his first poem Munnottu in a local magazine in 1946. Three years later his furst poetry collection ‘Porutunna Soundaryam’ was published. Some of his famous works are: Dahikunna Panapatram, Marubhumi, Agni Salabhangal, Bhumikku Oru Charamagitam and Valappottukal.

In Malaylam film industry Kurup made his debut as a lyricist with Kalam Marunnu in 1956. He won a National award for his lyrics for the film Vyshali. He also holds the record of winning 13 Kerala State Awards. Ormakale Kaivala Charthi – Pratheeksha (1979), Manjal Prasaadavum – Nakhakshathangal (1986), and Paattil Ee Pattil – Pranayam (2011), are some of his famous works.


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