Tamil movie lyricist Vaali dead

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 13:20 hrs

Chennai, July 18 (IANS) Famous Tamil lyricist T.S. Rangarajan, popularly known as Vaali, passed away Thursday in a private hospital due to lung problem. He was 82.

He is survived by his son Balaji.

The funeral will take place here Friday, family members said.

An Iyengar Brahmin, Vaali has penned several memorable songs of different varieties --love duets, sad, philosophical and others. His famous songs include "Unnai nenachaen paatu paaduchaen Thangamae gnanathangamae...."

He equalled another illustrious lyricist late Kannadasan, who is considered as an all-time great in penning meaningful philosophical songs.

Vaali, who started writing in 1958, had penned more than 10,000 songs and worked with three generations of music directors.

He has also acted in some movies like "Sathya", "Hey Ram" and others.

In 2007, he was awarded the Padmashri by the Indian government.

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