The man who won Padmashri in 2007, the man behind penning beautiful lyrics for most of the songs we keep humming today , the man who has written over 15,000 songs and has survived in the music industry for more than half a century, the man who has written for all genres of music including folk, blues, hip-hop as well, the man we are talking about is none other than - Kavignar Vaali.
For the past few decades there would not be a single music lover who would not know "Madhavi ponmayilaal", "Ammavendrazhaikatha uyirillaye", "Naanaga naan illai" and "Janani janani", which through the intense depth of feelings conveyed via lyrics carried the listener to a different world altogether. His imagination of lyrics is laudable - "Singari sarakku nalla sarakku" is a classic example which appeals to the mass. His hits with music directors like A.R.Rahman include "Chikkupukku chikkupukku railay", "Mukkala muqabla", "Munbe Vaa" etc. The man matched up to the requirements of the youth and his lyrics for all the songs for the movie New was well-appreciated.
If you have heard "Unnanenachen Paatupadichen" from Apoorva Sagodharargal and loved it, hear is something you need to know. The song was rewritten by Valli for over 5 times and Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan was still unhappy with it. Only at his sixth attempt, he became successful in delivering what Kamal wanted wanted. It is an understatement to not call the song a hit. Such is the kind of hardwork which the lyricist always out across which undoubtedly took him to greater heights.
Undoubtedly, Kavignar Valee is the only lyricist to have won the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best lyricist for over 5 years. His record stands unbroken. The lyricist was appreciated for his meaningful, motivational lyrics for the movie Ethir Neechal which released earlier this year. His other hits in this year include Maryaan, Udhayam NH4 which yet again reached the hearts of many for the soulful lyrics.
It is a loss to the Tamil music industry that the author passed away few months back. As a matter of fact, the 'Kavignar' remains immortal in all our hearts.