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SP Balasubrahmanyam faces the music — from Ilaiyaraaja

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PRANITA JONNALAGEDDA
Published Mar 20, 2017, 12:24 am IST
Updated Mar 21, 2017, 6:41 am IST
SP Balasubrahmanyam was hit with a legal notice for singing songs composed by Illaiyaraaja.
S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam

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.

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