Lyricist Vairamuthu has on Saturday announced that he is returning the ONV Award conferred to him by the ONV cultural academy in Kerala.
Veteran Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu was conferred with the fifth ONV literary award instituted by the ONV Cultural Academy in Kerala on Wednesday. However, many voices from the Malayalam film industry have expressed anguish over the jury’s decision.
There were opposing voices from many film personalities including actresses Parvathy and Rima Kallingal. They have questioned the jury’s decision for choosing someone who has faced an array of allegations of sexual harassment from 17 women, including singer Chinmayi.
Following a series of rows, the academy announced that the decision would be reconsidered. In this situation, poet Vairamuthu has announced that he has decided to renounce the ONV award. In a statement issued in this regard, the lyricist says, “I am renouncing the most prestigious literary award of Kerala. I would like like to refrain from receiving such an honour amidst so much controversies”.
He has also asked the academy to donate the prize money of Rs 3 lakhs which was announced for him, to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. “The reason for the award reconsideration is the interference of some people with animosity. I am very, very honest. No one has the necessity to test my truth,” the lyricist added.