Ilayaraja Slaps Legal Notice On SP Balasubrahmanyam

Washington (DC): Ilayaraja, the famous film music composer, had got a legal notice served on famous playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam who has been touring the world giving music concerts on the occasion of completing 50 memorable years in the profession. Popular female singer Chitra, who is accompanying Balu in his musical tour, was also served with legal notice. The notice says Balu and Chitra are violating the Copyright Act. SPB was the person who encouraged Ilayaraja to shift to Chennai from Kerala and take up music composing on full-time basis. Balu has reacted to Ilayaraja’s legal notice in his own humble and unassuming way. If it is the design of God, he said, he would obey it with reverence.

Here is what SPB posted on his Facebook:
“Dear all, Greetings from US. Had great shows in Seattle and LA last weekend. Grateful for the love you all showered upon us and the professional way the organizers conducted the shows.

“Couple of days back, an Attorney representing Shri. Iliaya Raja, sent legal notices to me, Smt. Chithra, Charan, organisers of the concerts in different cities and the managements of all the venues, which says that we are not supposed to perform compositions of Shri. Ilayaraja without his permission, if so, it is breaking the copyright law and have to pay huge financial penalties and face legal action. Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities.

“My Son designed this world tour and we kick started this SPB-50 concert tour in August in Toronto, then we performed in Russia, Sri lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and did lots of shows in India too. I did not get any feelers from Shri. Raja’s office at that time. I don’t know why now when we started our US tour. As I said earlier, I am ignorant of the law. If it is a law, so be it and I obey it.

“In these circumstances, our troupe can not perform Isaijnani’s compositions from to day. But the show should happen. By God’s grace I have sung lots of other composer’s songs too which we will present. Hope you all will bless our concerts as usual.

I am always grateful for your love and affection.
“I only request you all not to have any harsh opinions and discussions regarding this. If this is the design of God, I obey it with reverence.
Sarvejanah Sukhinobhavanthu.”

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