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Vaali
Born October 30, 1931 (1931-10-30) (age 78)
India Srirangam, Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Poet, lyricist, writer
Period 1960s—present

Vaali (Tamil: வாலி) (born T. S. Rangarajan on 30 October 1931) is a Tamil poet and lyricist who writes Tamil language poetry and film song lyrics. Most recently he has written a song Kallai Mattum in Dasavatharam for the music of Himesh Reshamiyya. He has also acted in few films, most notably Hey Ram, Parthale Paravasam and Poi Kaal Kudhirai. He was recently nominated for Padma Shri for his literary work.

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Biography

Vaali, whose real name is Rangarajan, was born in an Iyengar family at Srirangam in 1931. His father's name is Srinivasa Iyengar and his mother is Ponnammal. He was an artist and he worked at All India Radio (AIR). He holds the record for having written most number of lyrics in Tamil. He has written lyrics for hundreds of songs. He is a prolific writer as well; he has written books like Avathara Purushan, Pandavar Bhoomi, Ramanuja Kaviyam, Krishna Vijayam, Kalaignar Kaviyam, Krishna Bhakthan and Naanum Indha Nootrandum.

Like all others who hail from the banks of the Cauvery, Vaali aka Rangarajan had in him the art. He was adept in painting which he got the name "Vaali" from his friends.

Trivia

Vaali has not only written lyrics in pure Tamil, but all sorts of folk, hip-hop, rhythm and blues as well. He has also mixed other languages in Tamil songs. The legend goes that Vaali at one time in his life was contemplating suicide due to immense poverty when he heard the lines of the song "Mayakkama Kalakkamma" from the movie SumaiThangi, penned by Kannadasan. The lines "Unakkum kile ullavar kodi ninaithu paarthu nimmadhi naadu..." changed his mindset and renewed his vigour to live a new life. Thus was born the great poet we know today. He has quoted that there were 24 hours with him but no food to eat and next came a time when he had enough on the plate but no time to eat.

Actor Kamal Haasan had asked Vaali to pen the lyrics for a love song for the film Apoorva Sakotharargal. Kamal asked him specifically to pen a love failure song. Vaali penned the lyrics and gave them to him. But Kamal wasn't satisfied as he felt the depth of emotion conveyed through the lyrics failed to match the intensity of the situation in the film. And so Vaali reworked his lyrics, until finally at his sixth attempt he wrote the lyrics and angrily flung his writing pad and said, "Ithukku mela ennala ezhutha mudiyathu" (I cannot do better than this). This song, "Unnai nenachaen paatu paaduchaen Thangamae gnanathangamae...", subsequently went on to win the National Award.

Filmography (as lyricist)

  • 2010 - Ninaivil Nindraval (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Sura (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Agarathi (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Leelai (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Raavana (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Thillalangadi (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Valiban Sutrum Ulagam (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Thottuppaar (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Goa (Tamil)
  • 2010 - 2010 Bhagyaraj (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Guru Sishyan (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Kadhalukku Maranamillai (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Nanda Nanditha (Tamil)
  • 2010 - Naan Than Bala (Tamil)
  • 2009 - Jagan Mohini (Tamil)
  • 2009 - Vaalmiki (Tamil)
  • 2009 - Aadhavan (Tamil)
  • 2009 - Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum (Tamil)
  • 2009 - Naan Kadavul (Tamil)
  • 2009 - Mathiya Chennai (Tamil)
  • 2009 - Naadodigal (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Dasavatharam (Telugu)
  • 2008 - Silambattam (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Singakutty (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Kuselan (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Dhanam (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Sakkarakatti (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Saroja (Telugu)
  • 2008 - Dasavatharam (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Jayam Kondaan (Tamil)
  • 2008 - Saroja (Tamil)
  • 2007 - Azhagiya Thamizh Magan (Tamil)
  • 2007 - Unnale Unnale (Tamil)
  • 2007 - Thottal Poo Malarum (Tamil)
  • 2007 - En Uyirnum Melana (Tamil)
  • 2007 - Aalwar (Tamil)
  • 2007 - Chennai 600028 (Tamil)
  • 2007 - Sivaji: The Boss (Tamil)
  • 2007 - Inimey Nangathan (Tamil)
  • 2006 - Vallavan (Tamil)
  • 2006 - Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (Tamil)
  • 2005 - Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy (Tamil)
  • 2005 - Anbe Aaruyire (Tamil)
  • 2005 - Oru Naal Oru Kanavu (Tamil)
  • 2005 - Chandramukhi (Tamil)
  • 2005 - Ghajini (Tamil)
  • 2005 - Mannin Maindhan (Tamil)
  • 2004 - New (Tamil)
  • 2003 - Lesa Lesa (Tamil)
  • 2003 - Pudhiya Geethai (Tamil)
  • 2002 - Baba (Tamil)
  • 2002 - Mounam Pesiyadhe (Tamil)
  • 2002 - Shree (Tamil)
  • 2002 - Punnagai Desam (Tamil)
  • 2001 - Narasimma (Tamil)
  • 2001 - Dosth (Tamil)
  • 2001 - Dheena (Tamil)
  • 2001 - Parthale Paravasam (Tamil)
  • 2001 - Minnale (Tamil)
  • 2001 - Middle Class Madhavan (Tamil)
  • 2000 - Pennin Manathai Thottu (Tamil)
  • 2000 - Simmasanam (Tamil)
  • 2000 - Priyamaanavale (Tamil)
  • 2000 - Hey Ram (Tamil)
  • 2000 - Vanna Thamizh Paatu (Tamil)
  • 1999 - Manam Virumbudhe Unnai (Tamil)
  • 1999 - Mannavaru Sinnavaru (Tamil)
  • 1999 - Kadhalar Dhinam (Tamil)
  • 1999 - Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa (Tamil)
  • 1998 - Kadhala Kadhala (Tamil)
  • 1997 - Thambi Durai (Tamil)
  • 1996 - Poovarasan (Tamil)
  • 1996 - Kadhal Desam (Tamil)
  • 1996 - Indian (Tamil)
  • 1995 - Rajavin Parvaiyile (Tamil)
  • 1995 - Muthu Kaalai (Tamil)
  • 1995 - Periya Kudumbam (Tamil)
  • 1995 - Thotta Chinungi (Tamil)
  • 1995 - Chinna Vathiyar (Tamil)
  • 1994 - Kadhalan (Tamil)
  • 1994 - Rasigan (Tamil)
  • 1994 - Seeman (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Manichitrathazhu (Malayalam)
  • 1993 - Valli (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Chinna Jamin (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Kathirukka Neramillai (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Maharasan (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Chinna Mapillai (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Yejaman (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Uzhaippali (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Chinna Kannamma (Tamil)
  • 1993 - Dharmaseelan (Tamil)
  • 1992 - Naangal (Tamil)
  • 1992 - Nadodi Paattukkaran (Tamil)
  • 1992 - Chinna Marumagal (Tamil)
  • 1992 - Deiva Vaakku (Tamil)
  • 1992 - Unna Nenachen Paattu Padicchen (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Kizhakku Karai (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Thalattu Kekudhamma (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Nee Paathi Naan Paathi (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Gopura Vasalile (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Chinna Thambi (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Ayul Kaithi (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Idhayam (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Eeramana Rojavae (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Bramha (Tamil)
  • 1991 - Gnana Paravai (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Kizhakku Vasal (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Sandhana Kaatru (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Raja Kaiya Vecha (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Anjali (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Edhir Katru (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Siraiyil Pootha Sinna Malar (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Unnai Solli Kutramillai (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Velai Kidaichiruchu (Tamil)
  • 1990 - Nadigan (Tamil)
  • 1989 - Ponmana Selvan (Tamil)
  • 1989 - Siva (Tamil)
  • 1989 - Varusham 16 (Tamil)
  • 1989 - Dharmam Vellum (Tamil)
  • 1989 - Ennai Peththa Rasa (Tamil)
  • 1989 - Rajanadai (Tamil)
  • 1989 - Araro Ariraro (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Sahadevan Mahadevan (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Manamagalae Vaa (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Thambi Thanga Kambi (Tamil)
  • 1988 - En Thamizh En Makkal (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Dharmathin Thalaivan (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Solla Thudikkuthu Manasu (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Kaliyugam (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Poruthadhu Podhum (Tamil)
  • 1988 - Guru Sishyan (1988 film) (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Veerapandiyan (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Anjadha Singam (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Siraipparavai (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Kavalan Avan Kovalan (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Oorkavalan (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Kudumbam Oru Koyil (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Poomazhai Pozhiyudhu (Tamil)
  • 1987 - Mupperum Deviyar (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Marumagal (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Uyire Unakkaaga (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Lakshmi Vandhachu (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Dharma Pathni (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Dharma Devathai (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Vasantha Raagam (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Nambinar Keduvadhillai (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Anandha Kanneer (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Mouna Raagam (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Saadhanai (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Oru Iniya Udhayam (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Annai En Dheivam (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Viduthalai (Tamil)
  • 1986 - Enakku Naaney Needhibathi (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Naam Iruvar (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Nalla Thambi (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Padikkadha Pannaiyar (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Bandham (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Naan Sigappu Manithan (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Kettimelam (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Raja Rishi (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Needhiyin Nizhal (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Kanni Rasi (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Padikkadavan (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Mangamma Sabadham (Tamil)
  • 1985 - Manakkanakku (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Kudumbam (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Idhu Enga Boomi (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Naalai Unadhu Naal (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Nalla Naal (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Nallavanuku Nallavan (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Kuzhandhai Yesu (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Anbulla Rajinikanth (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Madras Vathiyar (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Simma Soppanam (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Vidhi (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Iru Medhaigal (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Osai (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Vaidegi Kaathirundhal (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Sathiyam Neeye (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Veettukku Oru Kannagai (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Vellai Pura Ondru (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Kai Kodukkum Kai (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Theerppu En Kaiyil (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Dhaavani Kanavugal (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Madurai Sooran (Tamil)
  • 1984 - Vamsa Vilakku (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Miruthanga Chakravarthi (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Sumangali (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Thai Veedu (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Paayum Puli (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Kozhi Koovuthu (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Neethibathi (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Soorakottai Singakutti (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Sandhippu (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Thanga Magan (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Sivappu Sooriyan (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Adutha Varisu (Tamil)
  • 1983 - Vellai Roja (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Ranga (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Gopurangal Saivathillai (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Enkeyo Ketta Kural (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Nenjangal (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Paritchaikku Neramaachu (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Kanney Raadha (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Thunai (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Thai Mookambhikai (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Vaa Kanna Vaa (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Pattanathu Rajakkal (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Vazhvey Maayam (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Thanikattu Raja (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Moondru Mugam (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Hitler Umanath (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Oorum Uravum (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Ilanjodigal (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Theerpu (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Kelviyum Naaney Badhilum Naaney (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Thyagi (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Valibamey Vaa Vaa (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Adhisaya Piravigal (Tamil)
  • 1982 - Parvaiyin Marupakkam (Tamil)
  • 1981 - Lorry Driver Rajakannu (Tamil)
  • 1981 - Mogana Punnagai (Tamil)
  • 1981 - Needhi Pizhaithadhu (Tamil)
  • 1981 - Sathya Sundharam (Tamil)
  • 1981 - Ranuva Veeran (Tamil)
  • 1981 - Madi Veetu Ezhai (Tamil)
  • 1980 - Vishwaroobam (Tamil)
  • 1980 - Anbukku Naan Adimai (Tamil)
  • 1979 - Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum (Tamil)
  • 1979 - Dharma Yuddam (Tamil)
  • 1979 - Naan Vazhavaippen (Tamil)
  • 1979 - Annai Oru Alayam (Tamil)
  • 1978 - Sadhurangam (Tamil)
  • 1978 - Justice Gopinath (Tamil)
  • 1978 - Pilot Premnath (Tamil)
  • 1978 - Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye (Tamil)
  • 1978 - Mangudi Minor (Tamil)
  • 1973 - Bharatha Vilas (Tamil)
  • 1973 - Ulagam Sutrum Valiban (Tamil)
  • 1972 - Annamitta Kai (Tamil)
  • 1971 - Neerum Neruppum (Tamil)
  • 1971 - Oru Thaai Makkal (Tamil)
  • 1971 - Kumarikkottam (Tamil)
  • 1970 - Engal Thangam (Tamil)
  • 1970 - Thalaivan (Tamil)
  • 1969 - Iru Kodagal (Tamil)
  • 1969 - Adimai Pen (Tamil)
  • 1968 - Kudiyirundha Koyil (Tamil)
  • 1968 - Galatta Kalyanam (Tamil)
  • 1968 - Oli Vilakku (Tamil)
  • 1967 - Iru Malargal (Tamil)
  • 1967 - Kaavalkaaran (Tamil)
  • 1966 - Petralthan Pillaya (Tamil)
  • 1966 - Naan Aanaiyittal (Tamil)
  • 1966 - Chandhrodhayam (Tamil)
  • 1966 - Motor Sundaram Pillai (Tamil)
  • 1965 - Panam Padaithavan (Tamil)
  • 1965 - Aayirathil Oruvan (1965 film) (Tamil)
  • 1965 - Anbe Vaa (Tamil)
  • 1965 - Enga Veetu Pillai (Tamil)
  • 1964 - Padagotti (Tamil)
  • 1964 - Thaayin Madiyil (Tamil)
  • 1963 - Karpagam (Tamil)
  • 1963 - Idayathil Nee (Tamil)

Filmography (as actor)

  • 2001 - Parthale Paravasam (Tamil)
  • 2000 - Hey Ram (Tamil)

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