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Tamil lyricist Vaali cremated

Tamil lyricist Vaali cremated

Chennai, July 19: Acclaimed Tamil lyricist Vaali was cremated Friday at the Besant Nagar crematorium here.

He died Thursday following respiratory problems. He was 82. He is survived by his son Balaji.

On Friday, several members from the Tamil film fraternity paid their last respects to Vaali at his residence.

One of the Tamil cinema's most influential lyricists after Kannadasan, Vaali was born as T.S. Rangarajan. He rechristened himself to Vaali, since he was an ardent fan of artist Mali.

After years of struggle, he wrote his first song in 1958 in the film "Azhagarmalai Kallan", but it was the song "Odivadhu Pol Idai.

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