Malayalam poet O N V Kurup awarded Russian state decoration
Ottaplakkal Nambiyadikkal Velu Kurup, an outstanding Malayali poet and lyricist was on November 6, 2015 awarded the Pushkin Medal, a state decoration of Russia.
ONV Kurup, is one of the ten people awarded Russian state decorations this year for their outstanding services to strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between nations, the Russian embassy said, in an announcement at Thiruvananthapuram. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his address during the award ceremony at the Kremlin that he wants to thank them for their dedicated efforts to preserve the wealth of Russian culture and language, and for their educational work, which unites people in different countries and continents.
In 2013 the Gorky Institute of World Literature published a collection of 50 poems by ONV Kurup which were translated into Russian. The book's introduction was written by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. ONV Kurup is the author of more than 900 film songs and laureate of 13 state awards for achievements in literature. The Pushkin Medal is awarded for achievements in the arts and culture, education, humanities and literature, for great contributions to the study and preservation of the Russian cultural heritage, in the rapprochement and mutual enrichment of cultures of nations and peoples, for the creation of highly artistic images.