In what seems to be an effort to broker peace between composer Ilaiyaraaja and singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB), the Nadigar Sangam is reportedly planning a felicitation ceremony for the music director. Top singers including SPB, whose friendship with Ilaiyaraaja spans over five decades, are said to have been roped in for performances at the event.
The ceremony, which is apparently Nadigar Sangam General Secretary Vishal's brain child, comes shortly after Ilaiyaraaja issued a legal notice to SPB, saying that the singer cannot perform his songs without permission. The singer who was on his SPB50 tour when he received the notice claimed that he did not get any â€śfeelersâ€ť from the music composer and that he is â€śignorantâ€ť of the law. The music composer's legal team, meanwhile, claimed that he had made it clear on multiple occasions that permission must be taken to perform his songs and that royalty will have to be paid.
With SPB making the legal battle public by posting about it on Facebook, Ilaiyaraaja's team stated that singers are minting money without even giving a rupee to the composer of the songs. Speaking to The News Minute, Ilaiyaraajaâ€™s copyrights consultant E Pradeep Kumar said, "We are not compelling orchestras or musicians who are surviving on Ilaiyaraajaâ€™s music to pay up royalties. We are only concentrating on people who are earning lakhs or crores by using his creations. SPB is not doing charity shows. They are minting money and the composer doesnâ€™t get 1 rupee. It is his work and creation.â€ť
With the spat between the two music legends, decidedly taking a turn for the worse, the film industry seems to have stepped in. Actor Vishal, the General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam is trying to soothe tensions, by acknowledging Music director Ilaiyaraaja's contribution to music and movies. While reports suggest that SPB too will be a part of this grand event, there has been no confirmation from the singer who is on a music tour. In addition to SPB, Ilaiyaraaja had also issued notices to singers Chitra and Charan over performing his compositions.
With Ilaiyaraaja holding the copyright to many of his songs, his legal team observed that SPB and other singers should have taken the music directorâ€™s permission prior to commencing the SPB50 tour, which kicked off in Toronto last August.
(Inputs from Digital Native)