S. P. Balasubrahmanyam gets notice from Ilaiyaraaja for singing his songs on world tour
Chennai, March 20, 2017
Renowned singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam has announced that he would not be performing well-known music composer Ilaiyaraaja's compositions on stage during shows in the United States as part of an ongoing world tour following a legal notice sent to him by the latter's lawyers.
SPB, as the singer is known, said in a post on his Facebook page that the notices from an attorney representing the composer had been received by him and other popular singers like K. S. Chitra and Charan as well as the organisers of his concerns in different US cities and the managements of the venues of the shows.
He said the notice said that they were not supposed to perform the compositions of Ilaiyaraaja without his permission and that they would be in violation of copyright laws if they did so.
He said the notice said that they would have to pay huge financial penalties if they broke the copyright law and face legal action.
"Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities. My son designed this world tour and we kickstarted this SPB50 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," he said.
"In these circumstances, our troupe cannot perform Isaijnani's compositions from today. 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," he said.
"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," he added.
Later, in response to comments on the post, SPB said he could have talked about the matter to the composer if he had called him or sent him a mail prior to the tour.
"But when I get a legal notice, either I have to respond legally, which I never want to, or, accept the law. I too have self respect. Please let us stop the futile discussion and move ahead. My intention of this information is to prepare the audience. I do not want my good friend Shri Raja inconvenienced. I do not want my sponsors and concert organizers to get hurt sentimentally and financially," he said.