ONV Kurup had close ties with Kerala People’s Arts Club

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | T SUDHEESH
Published Feb 14, 2016, 6:31 am IST
Updated Feb 14, 2016, 6:31 am IST
The bond between ONV and KPAC was born in 1950.
A portrait of ONV being garlanded at his Tagore Nagar residence in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.(Photo: DC)
 A portrait of ONV being garlanded at his Tagore Nagar residence in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.(Photo: DC)

ALAPPUZHA: Renowned poet O.N.V. Kurup, who died on Saturday,  was associated with KPAC (Kerala People’s Arts Club), which popularised the leftists ideas through its dramas  in the fifties. During his college days, O.N.V. wrote memorable  lyrics for its most successful play ‘Ningalennne Communistakki’  (You made me Communist), by Thopil  Bhaasi,  which was tuned by Devarajan and it  captured the  imagination of every Malayali. 

His song  ‘Ponnarivalambiliyil...’ was included as one of the 26 songs in  the play in 1952.  The  lyrics with the  music of Devarajan master helped the  communist party to spread its ideology. 

 

“ONV’s golden era was with KPAC  between 1952 and 1960 when he dedicated himself to taking  it to the hearts and minds of the common people,” said Mr A. Shajahan,  secretary,   KPAC. He wrote lyrics for  30 KPAC plays and  the  first song he penned was  ‘Deeepangal Mangi.. Koorirul thingi…’ 

in Ningalennne Communistakki.   From then on he wrote for a string of hit plays, including Sarvekallu, Puthiya Akasham Puthoya Bhoomi and Mudiyanaya Puthran.   

Though he was away for over two decades owing to his teaching stint, he returned  to KPAC in the last decade. Every play  presented in the last decade  had  his lines. “He was always an advisor to the KPAC administration,” he said. 

Dr. Vallikkavu Mohandas, author of  “KPACyude Charithram’ (History of KPAC) says it was ONV- Devarajan master team  that popularised  KPAC among the people.

The bond between  ONV and KPAC was born in 1950 when KPAC’s first play  ‘Ente Makananu Sari’ (My Son is Right) was presented in Kollam where  Thoppil Bhasi  invited him and Devarajan master to see the play.

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Location: India, Kerala




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