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Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam not to sing Ilaiyaraaja's songs after legal notice

India Today logo India Today 19-03-2017

© India Today Raising many eyebrows in the industry, singer SP Balasubrahmanyam announced that he won't be singing to songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja after a legal notice was issued by the latter.

SPB, who is currently on a tour across US, took to Facebook and clarified that he had to abstain from singing Ilaiyaraaja's songs as he received a legal notice claiming that he can't sing the latter's composition without his permission. If he does, he would instigate an action as per copyright infringement law.

"My son designed this tour and we kick started this SPB50 concert tour in August in Toronto, then we performed in Russia, Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and lots of shows in India too. I did not get any feelers from Shri Raja, at that time", clarified SPB.

SP Balasubrahmanyam also claimed that he is ignorant of the law and he'll obey the notice.

Replying to fans' query, SPB said that had Ilaiyaraaja spoken to him instead of sending a notice, the situation could have been solved amicably. But now, a  legal notice is served. He's only left with the one option.

As a footnote, SPB stated that his intention was to only prepare his audience about the unfortunate development and made a request to not have any harsh opinions and discussions about it.

The notice has also been served to singers Chitra and Charan, who are also a part of SPB50.

Though SPB has handled the situation calmly, whole of Tamil Nadu is shell shocked, as their chart busting albums can never be replaced. 

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