O. N. V. Kurup

Other names of O. N. V. Kurup: Onv Kurup , Ottaplavil Neelakandan Velu Kurup
Birthday: 27-05-1931
Age: 88
Star sign: Gemini

Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup also known as O.N.V Kurup, was a famous Malayalam lyricist and amazing poet of Kerala in India. His father was O.N. Krishna Kurup and mother was K. Lakshmikutty Amma. He was born on 27 May 1931 in Chavara, Kollam, Kerala. His father died when Kurup was eight years old. He somehow tackled the situation and completed his graduation with a Bachelor's Degree from the SN College in Kollam. He had an interest in literature, so he shifted to Trivandrum and pursued Masters in Malayalam literature from The Travancore University, also called The Kerala University. After completing his Masters of Arts, he worked as a Professor at Maharajas College in Ernakulam, Arts and Science College in Kozhikode, University College in Trivandrum, and Brennen College in Thalassery. He also served as a Visiting Officer at The Calicut University. In the year 1946, in a local weekly, his first poem ‘Munnottu’ was published. In the year 1949, came out his first poetry collection named “Porutunna Soundaryam”. His book Dahikunna Panapatram came out during 1946 to 1956 and was a collection of his classic poems. Marubhumi (The Desert), Mayipeeli (Peacock feather), Aksharam were his various classics published in the subsequent years.

He retired from the services of a professor in the year 1986. In the year 2007, he received the Prestigious Literary Honor Jnanpith Award. Kurup started his career as an Amateur Writer but through his hard work and persistence, he matured and grew into a humanist. He mostly selected social issues as a base of his poems. He did not forget his commitment towards his society and the nation. He had also completed Ph.D. so he was given the title of Doctor as well.

He married Sarojini and settled in Thiruvananthapuram. He had a son Rajeev who works in the Authority of The Indian Railways and a daughter who is a renowned gynecologist in the city of Durham in The United Kingdom (U.K) named Dr. Mayadevi. The number of awards he had bagged for his works is remarkable. He grabbed the Kerala Film Festival Award as “The Best Lyricist” for almost thirteen times. He fetched the Filmfare Awards twice and also The Asianet Film Awards. He had been at positions like The Executive member of The Sahitya Academy, New Delhi. Not only in India, but he also visited various other Nations as “The Indian Representative”.

He breathed his last on 13 February 2016.

Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma

Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma is an eminent film lyricist who works predominantly in Malayalam movies. He is noted for his works in films like `Mizhirandillum,'Harbour', 'Achamakuttiyude Achayan', `Jaloltsavam', `Bunglavil Outha', and `Chanthupottu’. He got a chance in films for director Ranjit to whom he remains immensely indebted in his career. It was Ranjit who had given him a chance to work with music composer Raveendran in `Mizhirandillum’.  Sarath Chandra Varmat wanted to grow up as a normal human being and hence after completing his degree, he took up a job at a distillery near Cherthala. He is the son of Malayalam poet and lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma. It was a stage in his life when his father had passed away and the family was undergoing a lot of hardships to even sustain. Sarat Chandra did not know anything about his father’s popularity as a lyricist and a poet.  It was after his father’s death that the Vayalar Trust was set up in fond memory of his father. He then realized the immense affection people had for his father. The trust collected Rs 8 lakhs fund and had given to the family to sustain after his father had passed away. Hence, his whole family owes a lot to the trust and is indebted to the people who came forward to help the family.  Sarath’s turning point came after he lost his job. His second sister’s wedding was fixed and his grandmother was critically ill, and he was unable to go to the office for a long time. This led to his termination for the job and his grandmother too had passed away then and the wedding was over too. He then found solace in his father’s books. As he was jobless, he was totally immersed in reading his father’s works. However, one day he scribbled some lines which came out from his imagination, and it sounded good to him. He sent those works to singer K.J.Yesudas and the singer accepted his work. His lyrics was set to music by Alleppey Ranganath and appeared in the 10th volume of Ayyappa songs. Thus, Sarath started his journey in writing songs. Sarath is married to Sreelatha and has a daughter named Subhadra. He still lives in the ancestral house at Vayalar. 

Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma Malayalam Actor