Vaali (poet)

This article is about the poet and lyricist. For the film, see Vaali (film).
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. 1954; d. 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.[3]


Vaali moved to Madras in the 1950s seeking an opportunity in Tamil film industry.[4] 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.[5] 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.

He died on 18 July 2013 in Chennai following respiratory illness, at the age of 81.[6] He is survived by his only son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. His wife predeceased him in 2009.


Civilian honours
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Vaali is a five-time winner of the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist[7]



As Lyricist






As Actor

As Director

As Writer



  1. 1 2 B. Kolappan (18 July 2013). "Lyricist Vaali leaves a void". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  2. "Tamil Cinema news | Tamil Movies | Cinema seithigal". Maalaimalar. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  4. "Tamil Cinema news | Tamil Movies | Cinema seithigal". Maalaimalar. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Elevan Padma awards announced for Tamil Nadu". The Hindu. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  6. "Ode to late lyricist Vaali who transcended generations". Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  7. Anandan, 'Film News' (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru (Tamil Film History and Its Achievements). Sivagami Publications. p. 738.

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