Lyricist Vaali, the author of over 10,000 songs, died here on Thursday evening.
Vaali, who dominated the film world for over five decades and wrote songs for many a protagonist played by actors from MGR to Dhanush, was not well for quite some time. He was in hospital for over a month. He was 82 and is survived by his son.
His songs were packed with brilliant lines and imagery and there were times when Tamil film music buffs were at their wits' end to discern whether a particular song was written by Kannadasan, his great contemporary, or Vaali.
Born S. Rangarajan in Thiruparaithurai near Tiruchi in 1931, he assumed the pen name Vaali, as he was an ardent fan of famed artist Mali working with Ananda Vikatan , now a Tamil bi-weekly. Vaali was also a student of the Government College of Arts in Chennai. Vaali was also known as Vaaliba Kavignar (youthful lyricist).