His Original Name is T. S. Rangarajan . 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 keezhey(கீழே)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 write better than this). This song, “Unnai nenachaen paatu paaduchaen Thangamae gnanathangamae…”, subsequently went on to win the National Award.
May his soul rest in peace !!!
Popular Lyricist Vaali passed away today evening in the Apollo Hospital , Chennai
Vaali Sir was under critical condition and was given the best treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. but he couldn’t survive the deteriorating health and gave up his soul. The lyric writer holds important place for his works for several generations including Maryan (Netru Aval Irundhaal and Sonpareeya) and has even penned a song for Vasantha Balan’s upcoming film Theru Koothu that has AR Rahman’s music.