Noted lyricist Annamalai passed away on Tuesday, September 27, after suffering a severe heart attack. He was 49 and is survived by his wife and daughter. Many noted celebrities from Kollywood mourned his sudden death.
Annamalai started his career as a journalist and turned lyricist with the film Kummalam in 2003. Some of his most popular songs, including Chillax from Velayudham, En Uchi Mandaila and Chinna Thamarai from Vettaikaaran, Banaras Pattukatti from Ninaithaley Inikkum, Idicha Paccharisi from Uthama Puthiran, Nenjorathil from Pichaikaaran, were composed by Vijay Antony. He has written songs for films like Madha gaja Raja, Goli Soda, Naan and Vijay Antony’s next release Yeman.
Many celebrities from Kollywood including fellow lyricists expressed their sorrow over his death :
பல வெற்றிப்பாடல்கள் தந்த பாடலாசிரியர் அண்ணாமலை அவர்களின் மரணம் அதிர்ச்சியும் வருத்தமும் தருகிறது. அவர் குடும்பத்தினருக்கு ஆழ்ந்த அனுதாபங்கள்
— Madhan Karky (@madhankarky) September 27, 2016
— Vivek Lyricist (@Lyricist_Vivek) September 27, 2016
My deepest condolence to lyricist #Annamalai ‘s family. May his soul rest in peace.
— S.R.Prabhu (@prabhu_sr) September 27, 2016
Vijay Antony, with whom Annamalai has done most of his work with tweeted :
— vijayantony (@vijayantony) September 27, 2016
Vijay Antony told Times of India : “I had a brief chat with him only last week.I am still feeling depressed. I haven’t even slept properly from the time I heard the news. Only if someone has gone through a lot of difficult situations in their own life can they write such lines. I would say he was our ‘kutty’ Kannadasan. Even as a person he was very simple and disciplined. What’s hurting me the most is that he has left us at the time when industry was starting to embrace him”
He is the second lyricist to die at a young age in recent memory after Na Muthukumar.
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