It was a star studded lyrical evening at the Narada Gana Sabha on Saturday evening(November 13, 2010) when a spectrum of cine artistes and great legends came together to felicitate lyricist Vaali, on his 80th birthday.
The event was headed by Nalli Kuppusamy Chettiyaar to honour Kavignar Vaali’s boundless contribution to the industry.
Mr. Vaali who has composed over 15,000 songs in a career spanning 53 years, was garlanded and showered with encomiums in the event marked with glitz, sentiment, warmth and eloquence. Speakers at the occasion lauded the lyricist’s continuing appeal and ability to make an impact on different generations.
Actors Kamal Haasan, Surya and director Shankar felicitated the lyricist but it was Super Star Rajinikanth who stole the show.
Rajinikanth made a surprise visit to the function. He came in with poet Vaira Muthu and all in the crowd were suprised to see the robot live.
The comment in the crowd was thalaivar late-a vandhalum suprise sa vandharu.
On the occasion, a book titled “Vaali Aayiram” comprising of the 1000 best songs of Vaali was released by Kamal haasan and received by director Shankar.
Other great personalities who attended the event were Mellisai Mannar M.S. Viswanathan, S.P. Muthuraman,playback singer TM Soundar Rajan, yesteryear actress Saroja Devi, playback singer P Susheela, SP. Balasubramaniam, poet Pazhani Bharathi among others.
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