National Award-winning singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (SPB), who is on a US tour, was in for a shock when he was slapped with a legal notice by musical maestro Illaiyaraaja, with whom he has had several super hit songs.
The singer received the notice after two shows in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Sharing the incident on social media, SPB said, “A couple of days ago, an attorney representing Ilaiyaraaja sent legal notices to me, Chithra, Charan, the organisers of concerts in different cities and the managements of all the venues, asking us not to perform his compositions without his permission. Any violation of the copyright law will lead to huge financial penalty and legal action (sic).”
Expressing ‘ignorance on the legalities’, the singer wants to respect the decision. “In these circumstances, our troupe cannot perform Isaijnani’s compositions from today. But the show should go on. And by God’s grace, I have sung lots of other composer’s songs too which we will (s)tage. Hope you all will bless our concerts as usual (sic),” wrote SPB....