Like a shudder to the Indian music industry, music director Ilaiyaraaja makes sure, singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) does not sing his songs for any public functions as the latter received a legal notice from the former a couple of days back.
The singer is currently on his SPB50 tour which started in August in Toronto along with playback singers Chithra and Charan. The group performed in Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and did several shows in India as well. The singer having a span of five decades relation with the director, received a legal notice from the music director stating he was not allowed to sing his songs, without his prior permission. The legal notice was also send to singers, Chithra and Charan as well.
In his Facebook post explaining the legal notice, SPB said, "I did not get any feelers from Shri. Raja's office at that time (when the concert began). I don't know why now when we started our US tour. I am ignorant of the law. If it is a law, so be it and I obey it."
"In these circumstances, our troupe cannot perform Isaijanani's compositions from today," said SPB. "But the show should happen. By God’s grace I have sung lots of other composer's songs will we will present. Hope you all bless our concerts as usual," he said.
If the copyright laws are violated, the singer will have to pay huge financial penalties and face legal action.
The singer also intimated that prior to the legal letter he had not received any warning or word from the director.
"Dear friends, I could have certainly talked to him, had he talked or sent a mail to me prior to our 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. Thank you," he wrote.