Mahakavi Vennikulam Gopalakurup
Vennikkulam Gopala Kurup was a poet from Kerala, India. He was born on May 10, 1902 in Vennikkulam Pathanamthitta, Kerala. to Cherukattumadathil Padmanabha kurup and Laksmikunjamma. He started writing poetry from the age of 15 and after passing Vidwan examination. Gopalakurup worked as teacher for 25 years at M.G.M H.S, Thiruvalla. He later worked in Malayalam Lexicon and State Manuscripts Library. He was awarded the titles 'Sahithya nipunan' by the Maharaja of Kochi and 'Sahithyakalanidhi' by Kerala Hindiprachara Sabha. In 1967 he got the Odakkuzhal award, Kerala Sahithya Academy award and Thirukkural award for his collection 'Manikyaveena'. In 1974 Kendra Sahithya Academy award was given for the work 'Kamasurabhi'. He has represented Kerala in the national poets' meetings held at Delhi,Calcutta and Bangalore. Wife : Mepral Mangattu Madhavi amma. He died on August 29, 1980.