Popular Indian play back singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam has announced that he and his troupe would not be singing or performing film songs on stage for which the music has been composed by “Maestro” Illayarajah. SPB as Balasubrahmanyam is generally known has arrived at this decision following a legal notice sent by layers on behalf of the music composer. SPB who completed 50 years of singing for films in 2016 is currently engaged in stage music shows titled “SPBB 50” in several countries. Many of the songs being sung at these events have been composed by Illayarajah. According to the singer who is presently in the USA ,he has received a legal notice from lawyers representing Illayarajah. As such he will suspend singing songs composed by the music director and sing only songs composed by other music directors. This announcement has sent shock waves amidst the rasikas of both Illayarajah as well as Balasubrahmanyam.
S.P. Balasubrahmanyam has made this announcement on his face book. The text of the SPB entry on FB is given below –
Greetings from US. Had great shows in Seattle and LA last weekend. Grateful for the love you all showered upon us and the profesdional way the organizers conducted the shows.
Couple of days back, an Attorney representing Shri.Iliaya Raja, sent legal notices to me, Smt.Chithra, Charan, organisers of the concerts in different cities and the managements of all the venues, which says that we are not supposed to perform compositions of Shri.Iliayaraja without his permission, if so, it is breaking the copyright law and have to pay huge financial penalities and face legal action. Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities.
My Son designed this world tour and wekick started this SPB50 conncert tour in August in Toranto, then we performed in Russia, Srilanka, 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 dont 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.
In these circumstances, our troupe can not perform Isaijnani’s compositions from to day. 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.
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.