Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAm: Poet O.N.V. Kurup has accepted the chairmanship of the Kerala Kalamandalam, Education Minister M.A. Baby said at a press conference here on Friday night.

"O.N.V. earlier expressed his inability to take up the post because he thought it will be for a five-year tenure. When I explained to him that the Government wants a committee headed by him to be in office when the Kalamandalam becomes a deemed university and that the committee's responsibility will be over in a short time once it approves the recommendations of the expert committee on curriculum revision, O.N.V. agreed to take up the post. The Government is grateful to him for his decision."