Vaali (poet)

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Born T. S. Rangarajan
(1931-10-29)29 October 1931
Srirangam, Madras Presidency, India
Died 18 July 2013(2013-07-18) (aged 81)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Artist, Poet, Lyricist, Writer, Actor
Period 1931–2013
Spouse Ramani Thilagam (m. 1944–2009)
Children 1 (Son)

Vaali (born T. S. Rangarajan; 29 October 1931 – 18 July 2013) was an Indian poet and lyricist whose works were in Tamil, had a five-decade long association with the Tamil film industry, wrote 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.


Vaali moved to Madras in the 1950s seeking an opportunity in Tamil film industry.[3] 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.[4] He wrote songs for M. G. Ramachandran in 63 films and also for Sivaji Ganesan in 70 films.

He died on 18 July 2013 in Chennai following respiratory illness, at the age of 81.[5]


Civilian honours
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Vaali is a five-time winner of the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist[6]


  • Amma-1976
  • Avathara Purushan-1995
  • Naanum Indha Nootrandum
  • Pandavar Bhoomi
  • Ramanuja Kaviyam
  • Krishna Vijayam
  • Thamizh Kadavul
  • Kalaignar Kaviyam
  • Krishna Bhakthan
  • Vaaliba vaali
  • Poikkal kuthiraikal
  • Nija Govintham


As Lyricist[edit]