Ottaplakal Neelakandan Velu Kurup fondly known as ONV was born on May 27, 1931, at Chavara. With an unmatched literary sensitivity, poet, lyricist, and scholar O.N.V Kurup is, without doubt, the doyen of modern Malayalam literature. The progressive outlook and exceptional imagination is what every literature enthusiast will remember him for.
He began his career as a professor after post graduation from University College, Thiruvananthapuram. His entry was He had been chairman of Kerala Kalamandalam and a member of the executive board of Sahitya Akademi. It was the initiatives by ONV that helped the Malayalam language attain its classical language and Kerala Kalamandalam got the status of a deemed university. He wrote poems of varied dimensions from anthologies to novels in verse like Ujjayini and Swayamvaram.
ONV as a lyricist grabbed the heart of music lovers and he also won the national and state film awards for the best lyrics. In 1971, ONV received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for his anthology Agnisalabhangal. Other awards include National Academy Award, Vayalar Award, and Ezhuthachan Puraskaram. The Jnanpith award was conferred on him in 2007. He was honoured with the Padma Sri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011.
He died on 13 February 2016 due to age-related illnesses, aged 84