Acclaimed Tamil poet and film lyricist Piraisoodan passed away at his residence in Chennai on Friday. He was 65. Hailing from Nannilam in the Thiruvarur district, the reputed lyricist made his debut as a lyricist with Sirai in 1985, with his career spanning more than three decades. Piraisoodan also won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist for his songs in films like Thayagam (1996), En Rasavin Manasile (1991) and Neeyum Naanum (2010). He was conferred the title of 'Kavi Nyaani' by the legendary music director M.S. Viswanathan and also wrote the Carnatic song 'Jagam Pughazum', which was based on the life of Thyagaraja. 

Piraisoodan has collaborated with many leading names in Tamil cinema, including penning the lyrics for songs in 'Superstar' Rajinikanth's films like Rajadhi Raja, Mappillai, Panakkaran and Athisaya Piravi to name a notable few. He has also written lyrics for 'Captain' Vijayakanth's films namely En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan, Sirayil Pootha Chinna Malar, including ventures starring Sathyaraj like En Bommukutty Ammavukku and Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai, followed by Karthik's Amaran, Prabhu's Ninaivu Chinnam and My Dear Marthandan, Prashanth's Chembaruthi and Star to name a notable few. He has also made appearances in films like director H. Vinoth's Sathuranga Vettai and the Jai-starrer Pugazh, while also serving as a dialogue writer Sathriya Dharmam, Krodham 2, Shankar and Tamil version of Sri Rama Rajyam.