S.P Balasubrahmanyam gets legal notice from Illayaraja

Legendary playback singer S.P Balasubrahmanyam has received a legal notice from music maestro Ilayaraja for singing his compositions without his permission at various concerts.

Balasubrahmanyam, who is currently on a world tour, said he would now render songs of other music composers at the concerts instead of those composed by Illayaraja following his objection to it.

In a Facebook post, the multiple times national award-winning singer, who is now in the US, also termed the incident as “unfortunate” and requested “all friends, music lovers and especially all media persons, not to make Ilayaraja-Balasubrahmanyam issue sensational.”

He said an attorney representing Ilayaraja had some days back sent legal notices to him, his son Charan (playback singer and actor) and singer Chitra and to all organisers of concerts in different cities and managements of all venues, asking them to stop singing Ilayaraja’s compositions without his consent.

The notice said if they continue to do so, it would be breaking the copyright law and he and his team would have to pay huge financial penalties and face legal action, Balasubrahmanyam said.

Balasubrahmanyam, who has rendered many hits composed by Illayaraja over the past some decades, said he cannot now perform the maestro’s compositions following the legal notice.

“Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities. Charan designed this world tour and we kick started this ‘SPB50’ in August in Toronto (Canada) and then performed in Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and did a lot of shows in India too,” he said.

(Agencies)

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