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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Noted Tamil film lyricist Vaali dies at 82

PTI  Chennai, July 18, 2013
First Published: 19:16 IST(18/7/2013) | Last Updated: 19:25 IST(18/7/2013)

Veteran Tamil film lyricist Vaali died at a private hospital here today. He was 82.

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Vaali was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for respiratory problems for a month and was on ventilator support. Born as T S Rangarajan in the temple town of Srirangam, Vaali penned lyrics for stars across generations, from the veteran M G Ramachandran (MGR), Kamal Haasan to present day heroes like Dhanush. He worked with star composers of Tamil cinema like M S Viswanthan and AR Rahman.

Having started in the mid-60s, Vaali went on to pen nearly 10,000 songs in his five-decade-long career. Vaali also acted in a few movies including veteran K Balachander-directed 'Poikal Kuthirai' and Kamal Haasan's 'Hey Ram'. He wrote two songs in Bharat Bala directed film 'Mariyan', starring Dhanush, which is scheduled for release tomorrow.

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