|Born||T. S. Rangarajan
29 October 1931
Srirangam, Madras Presidency, India
|Died||18 July 2013
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation||poet, lyricist, writer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Ramani Thilagam 1944-2009|
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. 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's real name is T. S. Rangarajan. He was born to Srinivasa Iyengar and Ponnammaal in Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli District. Vaali worked for the All India Radio (AIR). He holds the record for having written most number of lyrics in Tamil. He has written lyrics for over 15,000 songs.
Vaali moved to Madras in the 1950s seeking an opportunity in Tamil film industry. 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.
He died on 18 July 2013 in Chennai following respiratory illness, at the age of 81.
- Civilian honours
- 1970 – Engal Thangam
- 1979 – Ivargal Vidhyasamanavargal
- 1989 – Varusham Padhinaaru and Apoorva Sagodharargal
- 1990 – Keladi Kanmani
- 2008 – Dasavathaaram
- 2001 - Paarthale Paravasam (Tamil)
- 2000 - Hey Ram (Tamil)
- 1988 - Sathya (Tamil)
- 1982 - Poikal Kudhirai (Tamil)
- B. Kolappan (2013-07-18). "Lyricist Vaali leaves a void". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Elevan Padma awards announced for Tamil Nadu". The Hindu. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- Vaali Passed Away
- Anandan, ‘Film News’ (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru (Tamil Film History and Its Achievements). Sivagami Publications. p. 738.