Vaali (poet)

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BornT. S. Rangarajan
(1931-10-29)29 October 1931
Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli district, Madras Presidency, British India
Died18 July 2013(2013-07-18) (aged 81)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Artist, Poet, Lyricist, Writer, Actor
Ramani Thilagam
(m. 1965;died 2009)
Children1 (Son)
ParentsFather : Srinivasan
Mother : Ponnammal

Tiruchirapalli Srinivasan Rangarajan, professionally credited by his pseudonym Vaali (born 29 October 1931 – 18 July 2013) was an Indian poet who has the record for writing the most number of songs in Tamil cinema. He is also recognised for a five-decade long association in the Tamil film industry and has written over 15,000 songs. [1] [2] He acted in a number of films, including Sathya , Hey Ram , Paarthale Paravasam and Poikkal Kudhirai . He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2007. [3]



Vaali was born in a Iyengar brahmin family [4] as T. S. Rangarajan on 29 October 1931 to Srinivasan Iyengar and Ponnammal Iyengar. His native place is Thirupparaithurai, Tiruchirappalli district. Growing up, he studied at Higher Secondary School for Boys, Srirangam, Srirangam till he finished his SSLC. He went to Madras in the 1950 seeking an opportunity in Tamil film industry. [5] In the 1960s and 1970s, he received patronage from actor M. G. Ramachandran and became a successful lyricist, in competition with poet Kannadasan, which he had chronicled in his autobiography Naanum Indha Nootrandum. Vaali has also authored other books such as Avathara Purushan, Pandavar Bhoomi, Ramanuja Kaviyam, Krishna Vijayam, Thamizh Kadavul, Kalaignar Kaviyam, Krishna Bhakthan and Vaaliba vaali. His song "Amma Endru Azhaikatha Uyir Illaiye" is carved in the stone in a temple in Trichy. [6] He wrote songs for M. G. Ramachandran in 63 films and also for Sivaji Ganesan in 70 films. He has written more than 15000 songs in Tamil films. [7]

He died on 18 July 2013 in Chennai following respiratory illness, at the age of 82. [8]


Civilian honours
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Vaali is a five-time winner of the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist [9]



As lyricist






As actor


As writer


List of songs

1958Azhagarmalai KalvanNilavum TharaiyumB. Gopalam
1965Aayirathil Oruvan"Aadamal", "Paruvam Enadhu", "Unnai Naan", "Yaen Endra"Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
1966Anbe Vaaall songsM. S. Viswanathan
1968Oli Vilakkuall songsM. S. Viswanathan
1970En Annan"Kannukku Theriyadha"K. V. Mahadevan
1982Rangaall songsShankar-Ganesh
1983Poikkal Kuthiraiall songsM. S. Viswanathan
1985Udaya Geethamall songsIlayaraja
1987Ore Oru Gramatileall songsIlayaraja
1988Sathyaall songsIlayaraja
1988Agni Natchathiramall songsIlayaraja
1989Pudhu Pudhu Arthangalall songsIlayaraja
1990Anjaliall songsIlayaraja
1990Chathriyanall songsIlayaraja
1993Varavu Ethana Selavu pathanaall songsIlayaraja
1993Maravanall songsDeva
1996Kadhal Desamall songsA.R. Rahman
2001Paarthale ParavasamNee Than En, Adhisaya Thirumanam, moondrezhuthu, love check, Manmadha maasamA. R. Rahman
2005Mumbai Expressall songsIlayaraja
2013Thillu MulluKai PesiYuvan Shankar Raja & MSV
2013Ethir NeechalEthir Neechal AdiAnirudh Ravichandar
2014Ninaivil Nindravalall songsD. Imman
2014YaanHey lambaHarris Jayaraj
2014Pannaiyarum PadminiyumOnakkaga Poranthaenae, Pesuraen Pesuraen, Enakkaaga PoranthaayaeJustin Prabhakaran

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