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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Noted lyricist and poet Vaali passes away

From Gopal Ethiraj
Chennai, 19 July, (

Noted evergreen poet and lyricist Vaali passed away at around 5 p m on Thursday at a hospital in Chennai, where he was admitted and undergoing treatment for respiratory illness. He was 82. Last two months he was in hospital, as his condition worsened on Wednesday he was put on ventilator.

In his career of six decades, Vaali penned more than 10,000 Tamil songs. He worked with three generations of music directors.

Born T S Rangarajan in Srirangam, he took pen name Vaali. He came to Chennai in the 1950s looking for an opportunity in Tamil film industry. After few years dead ends, with top lyricist Kannadasan at his peak and strong, Vaali was so disillusioned that he almost decided to pack and go. Playback singer P B Srinivos inspired him so much that Vaali dec

His break came in 1958 when he wrote a song for “Azhagarmalai Kallan”. The first film Vaali he started with MGR was “Nallavan Vazhvan” for which C N Annadurai wrote the dialogues. After he got patronage from MGR, the lyricist became much sought after in the 60s and 70s.All the lyrics he had penned for MGR helped the latter galvanize masses—Nan anai ittal in “Yenga vettu Pillai”; Moonrezhuthil enn moochirukkum in “Deiva Thai”; Kann poona pokeiyle kaal pogalama in “Panam Padaithavan”; Puthiya vaanam, puthiya bhoomi in “Anbey Vaa”; Thambi Naan pirenthen kanchiyele netru I and Tharai mel pirakka vaithan in “Padakotti”

He has authored the biographies of Rama (Avathara Purushan), Krishna ( Krishna Vijayam), and Ramanuja (Ramanuja Kaviyam) in verse form. He presented Mahabharatha in modern verse titled Pandavar Bhoomi. His latest book work was biography on Srimad Azhagyasingar, Ahobila Mutt’s 45th Jeer. And his autography “Naanum Intha Nootrandum”.

Vaali acted in movies like Kamal Hasan’s “Hey Ram”, “Sathya”, “Parthale Paravasam” and K. Balachandar-directed “Poikal Kudhirai”.

He is survived by his son.

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