The death of eminent poet-lyricist Vaali was mourned by the State’s political leaders and the Tamil film industry on Thursday. Expressing shock at the news of his demise, Governor K. Rosaiah said the great legend’s lyrics touched everyone’s heart and conveyed a message. MDMK general secretary, Vaiko, said Vaali had penned more than 10,000 songs, including some popular ones in MGR films, and his death was a great loss. Union shipping minister, G.K. Vasan, said Vaali’s songs were cherished by people from all walks of life. A recipient of various national and State honours, Vaali conveyed many social issues through his songs. He carved a niche for himself in the industry, Mr. Vasan said. DMDK leader, Vijayakant, recalled Vaali’s contributions in some of his films. He said the lyricist tried to bring about socio-economic changes in society through his songs.
Madhan Karky, lyricist and son of veteran lyricist Vairamuthu said: “Vaali had keen awareness of current events and often his songs had social narrative. Even in one of his last songs, for ‘Ethirneechal’, he penned the lyrics ‘Minvettu naalil ingu minsaaram pola vandhaaye’. His sense of humour and simplicity were inspiring.”
Chitralaya Gopu, director-script writer, said: “He was a devout Vaishnavite, an aspect only those very close to him knew about, and was forever in love with his hometown, Srirangam. A very active mind, he often reeled out entire songs after just listening to a minute or two of the scenario from the director and the music director. More than anything else, he was an incredible friend who always livened up conversations.”