Chennai,July 19 (): Tamil lyricist and renowned poet Vaali passesd away in Chennai. He was in a critical condition, admitted in a private hospital fighting respiratory illness for the past few months, it was around 5 pm he passed away in hospital yesterday. He had been moved to ICU (intensive care unit) last month and later on transferred to special ward with significant response to treatment. However, there was a drastic fall in his respiration and was moved back to ICU. It is said that doctors had kept him under life support the past few days.
Born to Srinivasa Iyengar and Ponnamal on 29 october 1931 in Srirangam,Vaali moved to Chennai in early 1950s.
Vaali has penned over 10,000 Tamil songs in over five decades. He was blessed with the opportunity to pen great artists of 60s ranging from MG Ramachandran to latest Kollywood sprout Dhanush.
It was from an interesting rivalry out of which Vaali’s career started in Tamil film industry. Though he came to Chennai in early 1950s, he had nothing but dead ends everywhere and Kavingar Kannadasan was all over Tamil film industry. He almost packed his bags to leave for good and it was then a rivalry broke between MGR and Kannadasan. MGR wanted Kannadasan out from his movies and it was the split second of an opening Vaali had been awaiting all along. Veteran Nagesh was a catalyst for Vaali’s career, they shared a room in lodge in the period where Vaali was awaiting a break.
Before his career kick started in Tamil cinemas, he was a part-time All India Radio employee. His career started with ‘Idayathil Nee’ in a Tamil cinema in the year 1963. It was the movie Karpagam which shot him to fame in 1963. He has also contributed to Tamil literary and ‘Naanum indha Nootrandum’ marks the best of his. It was his autobiography. Apart from songs and literary works he has also acted in movies like ‘Sathya, Parthale Paravasam, Poikal Kudhirai and Hey Ram.