"GOOD POETRY and MUSIC exalt one to the highest levels of civilisation. Poetry and
music should complement each other. Nothing is more captivating
than a perfect blend of the two"
Padmashri Award Winner in 1998.
O N V Kurup , son of O N Krishna Kurup and K Lakshmikutty
Amma was born on May 27, 1931 at Chavara, Kollam.
Schooling - Chavara,
Bachelor's Degree in Economics - from S N College, Kollam,
M A in Malayalam Literature from Trivandrum University College.
As Lecturer - Maharaja's College, Kochi, Universty College,
Trivandrum, Arts and Science College, Kozhikode, Government
Brennun College, Thalasseri and was Head of the Department
of the Government Women's College, Trivandrum, visiting Professor
of Calicut University and retired on May 21,1986.
At the age of eight , O.N.V Kurup lost his father
, who had planned to begin music lessons for him. This untimely
demise had left him bereft and in unfamiliar circumstances.
"I grew up like a prince when my father was around,"
he recalls. But life changed, unreservedly after his death.
Poetry was a drop of light that came to him in the dark solitude
of his childhood. And from then on poetry and songs started
to live in him .
His first published poem was 'Munnottu' (Forward)
which appeared in a local weekly in 1946. It was only a sudden
outburst of his high-spirited patriotic sentiments, but it
marked the beginning of a long poetic career.
His poetry collections:
first poetry collection was 'Porutunna Soundaryam' in 1949.
His early poems (1946- 56) have been compiled in the book
'Dahikunna Panapatram' (The Thirsty Chalice) .
1. Dahikunna Panapatram
5. Oru Tulli Velicham
6. Agni Salabhangal
8. Karutta pakshiyude pattu
10. Bhumikku Oru Charamagitam
18. Bhairavante Thudi
19. Oyenviyude Ganangal (Collection of 1500 songs)
20. Valappottukal (childrens poems)
His Prose list
1. Kavitayile Samantara Rekhakal
2. Kavitayile Pratisandhikal
3. Ezhuthachan - Oru Padanam
6. Pushkin - Swatantrya Bodhatinte Durantagatha
of his poem creates its own music. He is an ardent lover of
music though not wedded to its practice.
To O.N.V a poem can be an ardent wish or prayer for peace
for all or a motif of love that binds hearts together.It can
be a deep sigh or a teardrop compelled by an inner grief when
disturbed by some external force. He tries to focus for the
rights of the oppressed and the working class.
"O.N.V. is not an ivory tower poet. He can often be found
on the streets championing the rights of the aggrieved. He
also voiced his protest against the commercialisation of education,"
Mr. Vijayan -CPI(M) State Secretary
Sugathakumari, says that his poems opens up a world of 'hope'
O N V Kurup now resides at Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvanathapuram
with his wife Sarojini, son Venugopal and daughter Mayadevi.
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