THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI(M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijyan has described O.N.V. Kurup as a poet who fought for the rights of the oppressed and the working class.
Mr. Vijayan was speaking after inaugurating `Manikyaveena,' a day-long seminar on the contributions of O.N.V. Kurup organised by Swaralaya as part of the State's 50th year celebrations here on Wednesday.
"O.N.V. is not an ivory tower poet. He can often be found on the streets championing the rights of the aggrieved. He also voiced his protest against the commercialisation of education," Mr. Vijayan said.
"A clarion call for freedom and liberation of the working class is evident in his early poems," he said.
Describing the poet as a staunch loyalist of the Communist Party, the CPI(M) State secretary observed that the poet stood by the party through its trials and tribulations even when those who came along with him into its fold deserted the party in search of better prospects.
Mr. Vijayan later inaugurated the function by presenting a `Veena' to the poet to the accompaniment of instrumental music, arranged specially for the occasion.
Law Minister M. Vijayakumar, who presided over the function, defined the poet as corrective force who single-handedly fought against the vices of society.
Poet Sugathakumari, who referred O.N.V. Kurup as her elder brother, said the poet opened up a world of "hope" and "belief" through his poems. Sugathakumari also hummed a few lines from one of his poems.
The poet in his speech described the words of praise heaped on him by the speakers a "palliative treatment".
"The best way to spoil a person is through flattery. It can make his head turn and make him more arrogant. But I assure you that I will be the same as ever till the end of my life."
The inauguration was followed by a rendition of one of his popular poems "Oruvattom Kodiya Puzhayude..." by Collector N. Ayyappan.
The function was attended among others by lyricist Sreekumaran Thampy and E.M. Najeeb, general secretary, Swaralaya, Kerala Chapter.