Well-known Malayali poet and lyricist O N V Kurup (second right) with Ajai Malhotra, Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation (second left). Source: All Moscow Malayalee Association
Ottaplakkal Nambiyadikkal Velu Kurup, a well-known Malayali poet and lyricist who is also a winner of India’s prestigious Jnanpith Award, was
The book, which begins and ends with poems on Alexander Pushkin, has some of Kurup’s most famous Malayalam poems as well one on Leo Tolstoy.
The 82-year old writer’s links to Russia go back to his
Kurup was also the chief guest at the Onam celebrations, which were held on Saturday, September 21 at Moscow’s Sputnik Hotel. The annual Onam programme is
Source: All Moscow Malayalee Association
Onam marks the commemoration of the Vamana reincarnation of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of mythical King Mahabali. The celebrations to mark the harvest festival in Moscow comprise of a cultural programme that includes traditional Kerala dances and a traditional feast known as the Onam
Kurup worked as a lecturer in Malayalam in several cities in Kerala and wrote poetry on the sidelines. His first poem was titled 'Munnottu' (Forward) and was published in 1946. As a lyricist, he also penned more than 900 songs for Malayalam films and television programmes and worked with popular music directors such as G Devarajan and V Dakshinamoorthy.
He received the Jnanpith Award in 2007. The trust that awards the highest Indian literary award said Kurup began his career as a “progressive writer and matured into a humanist though he never gave up his commitment to socialist ideology.”
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