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. 27th May 2019 marks the 88th birth anniversary of the poet who mesmerised the common man with his songs and poems.
O.N.V Cultural academy, which conducts O.N.V Jayanthi is organising the same this year on Monday, May 27th, 2019 at Tagore Theatre, Thiruvananthapuram. The occasion will be graced by the Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, eminent poet Shri. Akkitham, Dr. K Sachitanandan, and Shri. Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Instituted in memory of Jnanpith laureate, late ONV Kurup, the event will feature the presentation of O.N.V literary prize and O.N.V Yuva Sahitya award.
The third edition of the award is given to the poet Akkitham Narayanan Namboothiri considering his overall contributions to Malayalam literature. The award comprises a purse of Rupees Three lakh, citation, and plaque. Anagha. J. Kolath bagged this year’s Yuva Sahitya Award for Mezhuthirikk Swantham Theepetti. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs. 50,000, citation and plaque.