O. N. V. Kurup (Ottaplavil Neelakandan Velu Kurup) is a famous Malayalam poet from Kerala, India. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest living poets in India. O. N. V. Kurup is also a film lyricist in Malayalam cinema. He received the Padmashri Award of 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 Thiruvananthapuram constituency for the Lok-Sabha elections in 1989, and was the runner-up.
O. N. V. Kurup was born to O. N. Krishna Kurup and K. Lakshmikutty Amma, on May 27, 1931 at Chavara, Kollam in Kerala. He lost his father when he was eight. His childhood days were spent in the village. He attended 'Govt. School Chavara'. He took his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from SN College, Kollam. Then he moved to Thiruvananthapuram city (Trivandrum) and joined Trivandrum University (now Kerala University) and pursued Master of Arts (postgraduate) in Malayalam literature.
O. N. V. was a lecturer at Maharajas College - Ernakulam, University College - Trivandrum, Arts and Science College - Kozhikode, and Brennen College - Thalassery. He joined Government Women's College - Trivandrum as the Head of Malayalam Department. He was also a visiting Professor at Calicut University. He retired from service in 1986. O. N. V. Kurup is settled in Vazhuthacaud in Thiruvanathapuram city, with his wife Sarojini, son Rajeev, and daughter Mayadevi.
O. N. V.'s first published poem was 'Munnottu' which appeared in a local weekly in 1946. His first poetry collection named Porutunna Soundaryam, came out in 1949. He published a book named Dahikunna Panapatram (The Thirsty Chalice) which was a collection of his early poems during 1946-1956.