New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over demise of Jnanpith awardee Malayalam poet ONV Kurup.
“Shri ONV Kurup’s demise is a major loss to Malayalam literature. His works were admired widely. May his soul rest in peace,” Office of the Prime Minister of India said in a tweet.
Kurup died at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram due to age-related illness. He was 84.
He was suffering from illness for a while and suffered a heart attack on Saturday 4.50 p.m.
As a lyricist, the Malayalam poet-lyricist, won the National Award for Best Lyricist in 1989 and had won the Kerala State Film award 13 times.
He was conferred with Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011.
He is survived by his wife Sarojini and two children.