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.
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
Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam,born 4 June 1946, is an Indian film playback singer,actor, music director, voice actor and film producer. He is mostly referred to as S. P. B. or Balu. He has won the Guinnes World Record for recording the highest number of songs.He is a recipient of civilian awards such as Padmashri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the government of India
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.
Balasubrahmanyam, along with singer Chitra and his son Charan are currently on a world tour titled SPB50, to mark his 50th year in the industry. The tour began on August in Toronto, followed by his concert in Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and the U.S.
Responding to the legal notice sent to him while he was on his US trip along with his music troupe including singer Chitra, Balasubrahmanyam sent out a public note that he would hereafter restrain from performing Ilayaraja’s compositions. He is going to obey the copyright law.
“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.
“I did not get any feelers from Rajas office at that time. I do not know why now when we started US tour (a legal notice has been sent to him)”, Balasubrahmanyam, fondly called SPB by his fans, said.
“As I said earlier, if it is a law, so be it and I obey it,” he said.
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 Illayaraja- S P Balasubrahmanyam issue sensational.”
The eminent singer is surprised the way he was sent a legal notice when they could have sat together and discussed it. Balasubramanyam had performed in numerous concerts across India and other countries but was never restricted this way.
Thus, Balasubramanyam is going to sing the compositions of other music directors from now.