O N V Bags Vagbhadananda award

  • Eminent poet and film personality O N V Kurup has been chosen for the “Guru Vagbhadananda Puraskaram” for enriching literature. He had won many coveted awards, including Jnanapeeth earlier.


Ottaplavil Neelakandan Velu Kurup or simply ONV is the 2007 Jnanpith Award winner. He was selected for 2007. He received the Padmashri Award from the Government of India in 1998.

  • ONV is 5th Malyalee & second Malyalee poet to get the Jnanpith Award.
  • The other three Jnanpith award winners from Kerala are S.K. Pottekad (1980), Thakazhi Siva Sankara Pillai (1984) and M.T. Vasudevan Nair (1995).

He writes songs for Malyali Films as well as in 1989, he won the national award for best lyricist for the film “Vaishali”. He has also won 13 state film awards for best lyricist. His first published poem was “Munnottu” (Forward) which appeared in a local weekly.