Thiruvananthapuram: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday paid homage to noted Malayalam poet and lyricist O.N.V. Kurup, who passed away in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kurup, who passed away on Saturday, was suffering from age-related ailments. He leaves behind his wife, a son and a daughter.
Following Kurup’s death, the party postponed for Monday the conclusion of a statewide rally of politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan which was originally scheduled for Sunday evening.
CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said he is deeply saddened to hear the news of the 84-year-old poet’s death.
“O.N.V. (as he was popularly known), was part of the progressive and Left movement in Kerala and wrote some of the most remembered poems and film lyrics. His association with the KPAC (drama troupe that had strong links with the Communist movement in the state) made some its plays memorable. His lyrics popularised the message of progressive movement in Kerala,” said Yechury.
“His death has left a deep void. Kerala and the progressive literary movement in the country will miss him,” added Yechury.
Large crowds thronged to have one last glimpse of the noted poet at the VJT Hall where his body was kept for public viewing on Sunday.
The body will be cremated at the state-owned crematorium Santhikavadam which incidentally was named by Kurup with full state honours on Monday.
The Kerala Assembly also decided to wind up all proceedings listed for Monday after a condolence meeting at 11.30 a.m.