Ottaplavil Neelakandan Velu Kurup (Malayalam: ഒറ്റപ്ലാവില് നീലകണ്ഠന് വേലു കുറുപ്പ്) is a famous Malayalam poet from Kerala, India. He is acknowledged[by whom?] as one of the greatest living poets in India. O. N. V. Kurup is also a lyricist in Malayalam cinema. He received the Padmashri Award from the Government of India in 1998. He is also called O. N. V., without the surname. O. N. V. is known for his leftist leaning. He was the Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate in the Thiruvananthapuram constituency for the Lok-Sabha elections in 1989, and was the runner-up.
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