Tamil legendary poet “Vaali” attained the lotus feet of lord “RAM” today!

Famous Tamil poet and lyricist Vaali passed away today in Chennai.

In Ramayan, Vaali was famous for the boon that he had received, according to which anyone who came before him lost half his strength to him, thereby making Vaali invulnerable to any enemy.

In Kollywood, poet Vaali has been an undisputed pioneer of writing meaningful yet modern lyrics in his own unique style.Vaali, whose real name is T.S.Rangarajan, has been known for his fighting spirit.

The 81 year old poet was undergoing treatment for a respiratory illness at a hospital in Chennai. Vaali was not keeping well for the past two months.

Vaali came to Chennai from Srirangam in the 1950s, to enter the cine Industry- Kollywood. After several futile attempts to get through, he decided to pack his bags & leave, back to hometown.

Famous playback singer, P.B.Srinivas (who passed away recently) happened to see vaali packing up & rendered a situational song “Mayakama kalakama” from the movie “Sumai Thangi” , personalizing it for Vaali. The song was written by Poet King, Kannadasan in 1962. The song inspired him so much that he decided to stay back in Chennai.

Then there was no looking back for Vaali for he soon became one of the best lyricists in the Tamil film industry. He began his career in All India Radio, and debuted in Tamil film “Idhayathil Nee” in 1963. His fame shot when the movie “Karpagam “ was released the same year.

Tamil legendary poet “Vaali” attained the lotus feet of lord “RAM” today!

Tamil legendary poet “Vaali” attained the lotus feet of lord “RAM” today!

Appreciating him of the lines in the song ” Pakkathu Veetu Paruva Matchan” in the Gemini Ganesan starer, Karpagam, Kannadasan declared in a public meeting that Vaali would be his heir-apparent.

Vaali has written more than 10,000 songs in a career spanning over five decades. Vaali has not only written lyrics in pure Tamil, but all sorts of folk, hip-hop, rhythm and blues as well.He wrote a number of books including “Naanum indha Nottrandum” – his autobiography. Vaali has also authored other books such as “Avathara Purushan, Pandavar Bhoomi, Ramanuja Kaviyam, Krishna Vijayam, Kalaignar Kaviyam, Krishna Bhakthan and Vaaliba vaali”.

He has also acted in movies like Poikall kudhurai, Hey Ram, Sathya and Parthalae Paravasam.

Vaali received the Padmanshri award in 2007 . In 1973, he refused to get the National award for the song- Indhiya naadu en veedu” in the film “Bharatha Vilas”. He won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best lyricist 5 times.

.Although the legendary poet is no more with us, his meaningful songs, love duets, pun-filled lyrics will always remain with us forever.

Sharanya Bharathwaj