Biography of Vaali- Tamil Cinema Lyricist

Name: T.S.RANGARAJAN

Name in Cinema Field/Known As: VAALI

Father’s Name: Srinivasa Iyengar

Mother’s Name: Ponnammal

Date of Birth: 29 October 1931

Place of Birth/Native Place: Thirupparaithurai- near Kulithalai /Trichy/ Srirangam

Date of Death: 18th July 2013 – (At the age of 81 years)

Occupation: Tamil Poet, Cinema Lyricist,Writer and Actor

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Vaali has written more than 15000 Songs and he is one of the Indian Lyricists who have written the most number of Songs.

Vaali as An Actor:

Vaali has acted in some Tamil Films, including the following:-


Poikkal Kudhirai.(1983)- a K.Balachander Movie


as “Pandhayam”/Bet-Sambhandham, the main father character of the movie .

Kavignar Vaali in Poikkal Kuthirai


Sathya (1988) Kamal Hassan Movie- Cameo Appearance in one Song sequence with Rajesh (MLA Mariappan),

Hey Ram (2000) Kamal Hassan Movie ,

As Bashyam Iyengar, uncle of the hero Saket Ram (Kamal Hassan)

Kavignar Vaali in Sathya

Paarthaale Paravasam (2001)-K.Balachander Movie

as Bala.,the hero’s uncle (Periappa)

Kavignar Vaali in Paarthaale Paravasam

Vaali As a Writer:
Vaali  had been  a very good writer and hei has written the dialogues for many Tamil movies.

Also, Vaali has been writing in the popular Tamil Weekly Magazine, “Aananda Vikatan”:

    “Avadhara Purushan”

    on Sri Rama of Ramayan and


    “Paandavar Bhoomi”

     on Mahabharatham.

      Awards and Honours Given to Kavignar Vaali:
      Vaali was awarded Padmashri by the Union Government of India  in the year 2007.
      Vaali Received the Tamilnadu State Film Award for the Best Lyricist for 5 Times:
      • Engal Thangam – 1970,
      • Ivargal Vidhyasamanavargal – 1979,
      • Varusham Padhinaaru and Apoorva Sagodharargal -1989.
      • Keladi Kanmani -1990 and
      • Dasavathaaram -2008.
      However, Vaali declined the National award for the song—“Indhia Naadu Enn Veedu” in the film “Bharatha vilas-in the year 1973”

      On his 80th Birthday, Vaali was honoured by “Kannadasan Trust” and “Raj TV” in a function named “Endrendrum Vaali”/ “Vaali For Ever and Ever”, and apart from compliments and wishes, Vaali was presented with 1000 Soverigns of Gold.

      Vaali’s Cinema Career:-
      Valli was very much interested in stage acting / dramas and he has directed many stage dramas  in Trichy and and Srirangam.

      Vaali  worked for “All India Radio”/AIR, as a part-time employee  before coming to Chennai to enter Tamil Cinema World.
      Vaali struggled hard to enter the Tamil Cinema Filed as a Lyricist in the year 1958.
      With the recommendations of the popular Tamil Playback Singer- T.M.Soundararajan / TMS, and encouraged by the popular Tamil Music Director M.S.Viswanathan and the famous Tamil Super Actor M.G.Ramachandran, Vaali managed to become a Tamil Films Songs Writer, along with the then popular Kaviyarasar Kannadasan, who had been dominating the field.
      There had been a healthy rivalry between Kannadasan and Vaali in writing songs and there had been war of songs between the two. However, Vaali had been a personal friend of Kannadasan .
       
      After noting the talents of Vaali in writing songs, Kannadasan appreciated Vaali openly and told that Vaali would be his heir in the filed.
      Vaali had written many melodious and entertaining songs and Vaali wrote songs in Tamil using English words also.
      In a span of over 50 years, Vaali has written a variety of songs for heros from MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, to the present day heros of Tamil Cinema, such as Dhanush / Sivakarthikeyan.
      Vaali has written many songs exclusively for ‘Makkal Thilagam’-MGR and the most of the songs with  political themes, reflecting MGR’s policies for the people of Tamilnadu.

      Vaali’s songs written for MGR sung by TMS have become very popular and they are played in all the meetings and functions related to MGR and the political party he supported.

      The following are some of the hit- songs, written by Vaali for MGR :-


      “Tharaimel Pirakka Vaithan” in ‘Padakoti’1964)

      “Moondrezhuthil  En Moochirukkum – Adhu Mudindha Pinnal Enn Pechirukkum“- in ‘Theiva Thai’(1964)
      “Naan Aanai Ittal-Adhu Nadandhu Vittal “–in ‘Enga Veetu Pillai’(1965)
      “Kann Pona Pokkile  Kaal Pogalaama-Kaal Pona Pokkile Manam Pogalaama”- in ‘Panam Padaithavan’1965
      “Naan Kaatru Vaanga Ponen -Oru Kavidhai Vaangi Vandhen”- in Kalangarai Vilakkam(1965)

      “Nalla Nalla Pillaigalai Nambi- Indha Naade Irukkudhu Thambi” in ‘Petral dhan Pillaiya’1966)
      “Chella Kiliye Mella Pesu-Thendral Kaatre Mella Veesu” in ‘Petraldhan Pillaiya’(1966)

      “Chanrodhayam Oru Pen Anadho” in ‘Chandrodhayam(1966)

      “Engirundho Aasaigal” in ‘Chandrodhayam (1966)

      “Puthiya Vaanam,Puthiya Boomi” in ‘Anbe Vaa’(1966)

      “Manicka Theril Maragadha Kalasam Minnuvadhenna” in ‘Thedi Vandha Maapillai’(1970),
      “Vetri Meedhu Vetri Vandhu Ennai Cherum-Adhai Vaangi Thantha Perumai Ellam Unnai Cherum”- in ‘Thedi Vandha Maappillai’(1970)


      “Thanga Pathakkathin Mele”in ‘Engal Thangam'(1970), 
      “Naan Sethu Polachavandaa-Yamanai Paarthu Sirichavandaa” in ‘Engal Thangam'(1970)

       
      “Paadinaal Oru Paattu-Paal Nilavinil Netru”- in ‘Oru Thai Makkal’(1971)

      “Ponn Andhi  Maalai Poludhu” in ‘Idhaya Veenai’(1972)

      “Thambi Naan Padichen Kanchiyilay Netru”- in ‘Netru, Indru, Nalai’) (1974)

       “Ponmana Chemmalai Punn Pada Cheydhavar Yaro“-in ‘Sirithu Vaazha Vendum’(1974)

      “Konja Neram Ennai Marandhen” in ‘Sirithu Vaazha Vendum’(1974)

      The following are a few popular songs written by Vaali for others (other than MGR):

        “Veyiluku Etra Nizhal Undu”-in Sivaji Ganesan/P.Banumathi’s ‘Kalvanin Kadhali’(1955)

            “Ammavum Neeye Appavum Neeye”-Song for Master.Kamal Hassan  in ‘Kalathoor Kannamma’(1959)

            “Pakkathile Kanni  Penn Irukku”- (duet by TR Ramachandran and CID Sakunthala in Sivaji Ganesans’s ‘Padikkadha Medhai’(1960)

            “Pakkathu Veetu Paruva Machchan” in ‘Karpagam’(1963)

             “Thulli Thulli Vilaiyada Thudikkudhu Manasu”- in Sivaji Ganesan’s ‘Motor Sundaram Pillai’(1966)
            “Madhavi Ponmayilal” in Sivaji Ganesan’s “Iru Malargal”(1967)
            “Polladha Punn Siruppu”-in Jaishanker’s ‘Penne Nee Vazhga’(1967)
            “Kuyilaaga Naan Irundhenna-Kuralga Nee Vara Vendum” in Jaishanker’s ‘Selvamagal’(1967)
            “Vettri Vendumaa Pottu Paarada Edhir Neechal”- in K.Balachander’s-‘Edhir Neechal’ (1968)
            “Mella Varum Kattru” –in Sivaji Ganesan/Jayalalitha’s “Galaatta Kalyaanam”(1968)
            “Andha Naal Gnabagam Nenjile Vandhadhe”- in Sivaji Ganesan’s ‘Uyarndha Manidhan’(1968)
            “Nee Enge En Ninaivugal Ange”-in Jaishanker’s ‘Mannippu’(1969)
            “Kaadhodudhan Naan Pesuven”- in Gemini Ganesan’s -‘Velli Vizha’(1972)
            “Madhaa Un Koilil Mani Dheepam Etrinen”- in ‘Achchani’(1973)
            “Indhia  Naadu Enn Veedu”-in ‘Bharatha Vilas’(1973),
            “Naarpadhu Vayathil Naaykkunam”- in Bharatha Vilas’(1973)

            “Oh Meri  Dilrupa”-in Muthuraman /Jayalalitha’s – ‘Suryakandhi’(1973)
            “Malligai En Mannan Mayangum Ponnana Malar Allava”- in ‘Dheerka Sumangali’(1974)
            “En Raajavin Roja Mugam”-in Sivaji Ganesan’s ‘Sivakamiyin Selvan” (1974)
            “Malligai Mullai Pooppandhal”-in Sivaji Ganesan / Manjula’s ‘Anbe Aaruyire’(1975)
            “Kannan Oru Kaikulandai”-in Sivakumar’s -‘Bhadrakali’(1976)
            “Vaangonna” -in Sivakumar’s ‘Bhadrakali’ (1976)
            “Mookuthi Poo Pola Kathu Ukkandhu Pesudhadi”-in Bagyaraj’s ‘Mouna Geethangal’ (1981)
            “Naanaga Naan Illai Thaye” in “Ulaga Nayagan-Kamal Hassan’s-‘Thoongadhe Thambi Thoongadhe’(1983)

            “Singari Sarakku Nalla Sarakku” in Kamal Hassan’s ‘Kakki Sattai’(1985)

            “Raaja Kaiya Vacha Adhu Wronga Ponadhille” in  Kamal Hassan’s ‘Aboorva Sagodharargal’ (1989)

            “Poo Pookum Masam Thai Masam” in ‘Varusham 16′(1989),
            “Pazhamudhir Cholai Enakkagathan” in ‘Varusham 16′(1989)

            “Karpoora Bommai Ondru” in ‘Keladi Kanmani'(1989)
            “Mannil Indha Kadhal Indri Yarum Vazhdhal Koodumo” in ‘Keladi Kanmani (1989),
            “Nee Paathi Naan Paathi Kanne” in ‘Keladi Kanmani'(1989)

            “Kathodu Poo Urasa”-in Rajnikanth’s ‘Anbukku Naan Adimai’ (1990)
            “Raakkamma Kaiya Thattu”- in Super-Star Rajnikanth’s ‘Thalpathi’(1991)
            “Naan Yerikkarai” –in ‘Chinna Thayee’ (1992)
             “Amma Endru Azhaikkadha Uyirillaiye” in Super-Star Rajnikanth’s  ‘Mannan’(1992)

            “Chikkubukku Chikkubukku Raile” -in Director Shanker’s ‘ –‘Gentleman’(1993)
             “Chinna Rasaave Sitrerumbu Ennai Kadikkudhu” – in Sathyaraj’s ‘Waltaire Vetrivel’(1993)
            “Mukkaal Mukkabula”-  in  Director Shanker’s ‘ –‘Kadhalan’(1994)
            “Mustafa Mustafa”-in ‘Kadhal Desam’(1996)
            “Kalloori Salai”-in Kadahal Desam’(1996)
            “Kallai Mattum Kandaal”-in Kamal Hassan’s ‘Dasavadharam’(2008)
            “Machi  Open the bottle”- in ‘Mangatha’(2011)

            Kaipesi En Kooda Sollamale” – in ‘Thillu Mullu’ (2013)

             “Vaa Vaa En Velicha Poove Vaa” – in ‘Edhir Neechal ‘(2013)
            “Sonapareeya” – in ‘Mariyaan’ (2013)in AR.Rahman’s music
            Quote By Kavignar Vaali: 

            “Endha ‘Vervaikkum’, nichayam oru naal ‘Vetrikku Ver- Vaikkum’ Aatral Undu”/
            Meaning “Any Sweating of Hard Work has got the power to create the ‘Roots of Success’, one day or other”
            -Kavignar Vaali

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