Chennai: Music director Gangai Amaran has blasted his elder brother and music maestro Ilaiyaraaja over sending legal notices to playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam besides Chitra and Charan stating that they are not supposed to perform on his compositions without his consent. Hours before his performance, SPB took everyone by surprise by revealing that he has received a legal notice from his long-time friend Ilaiyaraaja that restricts him from signing the songs composed by the latter. Balasubrahmanyam mentioned that notices were also sent to the organisers of the tour titled SPB - 50, his son SPB Charan and singer Chithra. The concerts began in August in Canada, followed by Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and the US.
The notices said they are not allowed to sing Ilayaraaja's songs without his permission. Sundari from Thalapathy and Anjali Anjali from Duet.
The 70-year-old singer, who has the National Award many times, wrote a Facebook post terming the incident "unfortunate" and requested "all friends, music lovers and especially all media persons, not to make I.Raja-SPB issue sensational". If it is a law, so be it and I will obey it. "I don't think it is fair that SPB be asked to pay royalty to perform songs that he has also contributed towards making popular", he said. As I said earlier, I am ignorant of the law.
Under the circumstances, Balasubrahmanyam said he and his troupe can not perform Illayaraja's music from today. He urged his fans not to have any harsh discussions on the episode, apparently hoping to save his friendship with the legendary composer. Even before they forayed into the film industry, they used to perform together at several marriages, birthday parties and private concerts. In fact, this was more than Ilayaraja's lifetime highest remuneration.
"If this is the design of God, I obey it with reverence", he said.
My intention of this information is to prepare the audience.
SPB told his fans that he will respond legally to the notice. I too have self respect. I do not want my sponsors and concert organisers to get hurt sentimentally and financially.
The only available option now, the singer said, is to avoid Ilayaraja's songs.