Lyricist Vaali Is No More!


Vaali was the synonym of Tamil lyricist world for the past 5 decades or so. From songs of M.J.R and Sivaji Ganesan to Rajnikanth and Dhanush, Vaali has exhibited different shades of his colourful talents, thus nourishing Tamil cinema by his own means. Yesterday (18/7/2013), he passed away at a private hospital at the age of 81. He was busy with his lyrical world till the last days of his life.


His contributions count more than 10000 songs and he is regarded as the lyricist of MGR’s movies. He started writing lyrics for Tamil cinema at a time when Kannadasan was glowing as the bright star of Tollywood. His latest work belongs to Dhanush’s movie – Mariyan. From the intense songs of yesterday, “Thottal poo malarum” to “Mukkalam Muquabla” and “Chik bik chik bik raile”, he has proved his versatility to be a flexible written of all times, as per situation demands.


He was born on October 29, 1931 in Thiruppurathurain near Trichi as the son of Srinivasa Iyyengar and Ponnammalu. His real name was T.S.Ranganathan. He was inspired by painter Mali, who used to draw columns in Tamil magazine, ‘Ananda Vikadan’ and Ranganathan changed his name to Vaali. He reached Chennai during early 50’s. But he couldn’t get opportunities where Kanna dasan was in the lead. His debutant movie – Azhakar malai Kallan’ (1958) proved to be the turning point of his writing career too. He cemented himself in the industry writing songs for MGR movie – Nallavan Vaazvan.


The songs that played a significant role in the political entry of MGR were written by none other than Vaali. Songs like ‘Naan aanayittal’, ‘Puthiya vaanam puthiya bhoomi’ and ‘Yemadrathe yemadrathe’ acted as catalyst inputs for his political career. Those energetic MGR songs born from Vaali’s pen tip are still regarded as classic songs of Tamil cinema. “Pakkathu veettu paruva machaan” of the movie ‘Karpakam’ made Kannadasan declare that Vaali is his follower. He was attracted by the beauty of lyrics of that song.


He had close relationship with political leaders like Anna Durai, MGR and Karuna Nidhi. Yet he was a believer of god. Subramaniya devotional song ‘Karpanai endralum’ written by Vaali is very popular. He has acted in movies like Hey ram, Satya and Parthale paravasam. He has been awarded by Tamil state awards for best lyricist 5 times and Indian government has honoured him Padma Shri in 2007. He has proved himself to be a pot by publishing about 20 works including Avathara Purushan, Krishna Vijayam and Pandava Bhoomi.

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