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Tamil Songs: A tribute to Evergreen poet Vaali !
Our picks!

Padmashree Vaali (real name TS Rangarajan) served the movie industry for five decades and holds the record for most songs written in Tamil - 15,000! Even though Vaali penned his first song in 1958 for the movie Azhagar Malai Kallan, he was largely an unknown entity until MGR patronaged him to break the monopoly of Kaviperarasu Kannadasan. His blockbuster song "tharai mel pirakka vaithan ..." for the MGR movie "Padagotti" made him a regular in all MGRs movie. There was no turning back for him from then on!

The beauty of Vaali is how he adapted himself to the post-MGR era. In the post-MGR era, he was patronaged by Ilaiyaraja to break the hold of Vairamuthu on the lyric industry. Later when AR Rahman came, he wrote some of the youthful and modernized lyrics which contained the mix of various languages like Hindi, English along with Tamil. He wrote for almost all the music composers including the new entrants. He was writing till his last day and his hit songs are still rolling into the air waves!

It will really take someone with extra-ordinary skills to fill the void created by Vaali. May his soul RIP. Our thoughts and prayers are for his family members.

It is not easy to pick few best songs out of 15,000 songs. However, we have tried our best to identify songs which were milestones or popular duing his career. We have 10 video picks listed below and 15+ videos in our playlist. We have 20+ audio picks (from 30+ audio we reviewed) ! Click the "video" button to stream the 30+ videos continously. Listen to the audio picks from our Jukebox !

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Album: Devotional Songs
Song: Karpanai Endralum ...


Do you know that one of the best devotional song - Karpanai Endralum - was written by Vaali?


Album:Deiva Thai
Song: Moondreluthil ...

This is one of many songs written by Vaali for MGR. Most of his lyric helped him to shape his image and fuel his political career.

Album: Azhage Unnai Aarathikiren
Song:Nane Naana ...

One of the beautiful melody with Ilayaraja written in 70s-80s.

Album: Paadu Nilave
Song: Malaiyoram veesum kathu ..

Most of the songs written in this period with Ilaiyaraja as the music director and with Mohan as cast were super hits!

Song:Pottu Vaitha ...

A romantic song written for Murali as hero!


Album:Apoorva Sagotharargal
Song:Unna Ninachen ...

Vaali wrote and rewrote this 'love failure' song 7 times before he gave up on satisfying Kamalahasan. This was the 7th version which fetched him the national award.

Album: Ithayam
Song:April Mayile

Beginning of youthful songs which launched the career for Prabhudeva! Later he wrote chikku bukku railu, Mukkala Mukkabla in AR Rahman's composition.

Song:Amma Enralaikatha ….

A song which is considered to be an anthem for Mom is said to be inscribed on a temple in south India.

Album:Azhagiya Tamil Magan
Song: Ella pugalum ..

Rahman's Oscar phrase "Ella pugalum Iraivanukke" has its origin in this song lyric! If you listen closely you will find a close similarity to "Jai Ho" song!

Album: Mankatha
Song: Machi, Open the bottle ...

This is the other extreme of Vaali - from devotional to club song! Very entertaining lyric.

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