Born Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup
27 May 1931
ChavaraTravancoreBritish India
Died 13 February 2016 (aged 84)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Residence Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Education Master’s
Alma mater
Occupation Poet, lyricist, professor
Notable work Agni Shalabhangal, Aksharam, Uppu, Bhoomikkoru Charamageetham, Ujjayini, Swayamvaram
Spouse(s) Sarojini
Children Rajeevan, Mayadevi
Parent(s) O. N. Krishna Kurup, K. Lakshmikutty Amma


Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup (27 May 1931 – 13 February 2016), popularly known as O. N. V. Kurup or simply and endearingly O. N. V., was a renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist from Kerala, India, who won the Jnanpith Award, the highest literary award in India for the year 2007. He received the awards Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011, the fourth and second highest civilian honours from the Government of India. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of KeralaTrivandrum. O. N. V. is known for his leftist leaning. He was a former leader of All India Students Federation (AISF).[1] He died on 13 February 2016.[2]

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