In a shocking piece of news, popular Tamil poet and lyricist Piraisoodan has passed away on Friday at the age of 65 in Chennai due to age-related ailments. The deceased poet had gained prominence through working with legendary music directors and presenting thousands of songs. After learning about his demise, several fans and fraternities across and beyond the borders have been paying tribute to the deceased soul and expressing condolences to his family.
According to reports, Piraisoodan was admitted to a private hospital in the city a few days ago following an ailment. Despite the treatment to save him, he had breathed his last at around 4.45 pm on Friday. A native of Nannilam in Thiruvarur district, Piraisoodan was living with his family in Nesapakkam in Chennai and he had been active in the industry for over three decades and left a legacy through his lyrics.
He made his debut as a lyricist in the film 'Sirai' in 1984 and he had penned several songs for leading actors including for the movies acted by Superstar Rajinikanth. In the movie Sirai, which was acted by Rajesh, Piraisoodan had penned the lyrics for the song 'Rasathi Rosapoo Vektam Eno Innum'. He had received good reception and he went on to write lyrics for notable movies including Kelladi Kanmani, Idhayam, Panakkaran, Amaran, and Captain Prabhakaran.
In his career spanning three decades, Piraisoodan has written 1,400 songs for over 400 movies. Besides writing lyrics for movies, he also had penned lyrics for over 5000 devotional songs and over 100 television series. He had won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist for his songs in movies like 'En Rasavin Manasile', 'Thayagam', and 'Neeyum Naanum', in 1991, 1996, and 2010 respectively.
He was conferred with the title 'Kavi Gnaani' by the legendary late music director MS Viswanathan. He has worked with several music directors including MS Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Deva, and AR Rahman. Piraisoodan wrote 'Jagam Pughazam', a Carnatic song about the life of Thyagaraja and he was conferred with a Doctorate in Literature by the University of Jerusalem.
Piraisoodan has ten siblings - five elder and two younger brothers and two sisters. Piraisoodan's son Dhayanandh Piraisoodan is also a music director working in the Tamil film industry. Some of his everlasting songs are 'Meenama Meenama' from Rajathi Raja, 'Silence, Kadhal seiyum neeram ithu' from Panakkaran, 'Gundu onu vachuruken' from Arangetravellai, 'Thanantha Gummi Koti' from Adisaya Piravi, 'Aatama Therotama' from Captain Prabhakaran, and 'Idhayame Idhayame' from Idhayame.