Ilayaraja sends SPB legal notice

SP Balasubrahmanyam with Ilayaraja
SP Balasubrahmanyam with Ilayaraja

To a shock for Kollywood, veteran music composer Ilayaraja has sent a legal notice to veteran singer SP Balasubramanian, as the later was singing songs that he sung for Ilayaraja’s music in music concerts conducted across the globe.

Veteran Singer SP Balasubramanyam has revealed that legendary composer Ilayaraja has served him a notice, for his singing his songs sans permission on live concerts. The actor-singer revealed that he alongside KS Chithra and his son Charan along with the organisers of his live show in the US have all been served notices by attorneys representing Raja.

SPB, who is currently on a tour across US, took to Facebook and clarified that he had to abstain from singing Ilaiyaraaja’s songs as he received a legal notice claiming that he can’t sing the latter’s composition without his permission. If he does, he would instigate an action as per copyright infringement law.

“My son designed this tour and we kick started this SPB50 concert tour in August in Toronto, then we performed in Russia, Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and lots of shows in India too. I did not get any feelers from Shri Raja, at that time,” clarified SPB.

The duo have collaborated on innumerable hits which have gone on to have a cult following of their own.

Ilayaraja is yet to comment on the controversy.

Here below is SPB’s Facebook post:

“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.Iliayaraja without his permission, if so, it is breaking the copyright law and have to pay huge financial penalities and face legal action. Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities,” he wrote.

“As I said earlier, I am ignorant of the law. If it is a law, so be it and I will obey it. In these circumstances, our troupe cannot perform his compositions from today,” he added.

He requested his fans and well-wishers to not have any harsh opinions and discussions regarding this matter.

“If this is the design of God, I obey it with reverence,” he said.

In the comments section on the Facebook post, Balasubrahmanyam clarified that he will be responding legally to the notice.

SPB Facebook Screen Shot
SPB Facebook Screen Shot

Very Thick Friends:

Ilayaraja and Balasubrahmanyam have been thickest of friends for over six decades. Even before they forayed into the film industry, they used to perform together at several marriages, birthday parties and private concerts.