Poet and lyricist S Rangarajan (better known as Vaali) has closed his pen forever. The 81 year old has more than 10,000 songs to his credit. Inspiring people of all ages, his songs have enthralled many. At a time when Kannadasan was ruling the Tamil film industry, Vaali created a niche for himself. His sense of humour, spontaneity and capability to relate with the changing trend made him an icon across generations. After his first song in 1958, and a few years of struggle, Vaali did not look back. Till the recently released Danush starrer Mariyaan, his lyrics have made one to cry, laugh or ponder.
Born as S Rangarajan in Srirangam, Tiruchi, Vaali wanted to become an artist. Apart from writing lyrics he had in him a profound actor. He directed a movie, as well. He has made generous references to the help rendered by MGR, the character-actor Nagesh and music director M S Viswanathan. He was also a close friend and admirer of DMK supremo, M Karunanidhi.
His literary works include the recently launched series on Azhagiya Singer, his autobiography titled Naanum irubadam nootrandum. He received the Padma Shri in 2007. As someone who could connect to the youth even at the age of 80, a void has been created in the Tamil film industry.