Tearful adieu to legendary poet ONV Kurup

Monday, Feb 15, 2016,12:32 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram: Legendary poet O N V Kurup was laid to rest with full state honors at Thycaud Shanthikavadam here, an electric crematorium that he himself renamed, Monday.

Thousands of people from various walks of life attended the funeral procession that began from ONV’s house in Vazhuthacaud in the morning, and the last rites held at Shanthikavadam.

Political leaders, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, other ministers, KPCC President V.M. Sudheeran, Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan, CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPM Politbureau member Pinarayi Vijayan, M. Vijayakumar, MA Baby and Pannyan Ravindran were present.

Poets Sugathakumari and Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri, cultural leaders and film personalities besides a large number of admirers and disciples paid their last respects.

A group of 84 singers offered a musical tribute in honor of the great poet and lyricist at Shanthikavadam.

A public meeting paying tributes to ONV was held later in the city. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister announced that a memorial will be built in honor of ONV.

The Kerala Assembly adjourned for the day after paying homage to the late poet on Monday.

The Jnanpith laureate died at the age of 84 Saturday.

A scholar, professor, environmentalist and a recipient of the central and state Sahitya Akademi awards, Ottaplakkal Nambiyadikkal Velu Kurup, popularly known as ONV Kurup, had made his presence felt in the state’s cultural, social, educational and political fields for the last six decades. Besides his large number of poems on various subjects, ranging from humanity and hope to nature and romance, Kurup was also a leading lyricist. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Kurup received India’s highest honour for literature, the Jnanpith award, in 2007.

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