SPB will never sing Ilayaraja’s songs again!

SPB will never sing Ilayaraja’s songs again!

SPB had breathed life into many of Ilayaraja’s beautiful compositions but it now seems to have met a tragic end. Singers SPB, Chithra, SPB Charan and others are currently  on a tour and taking part in  music concerts in various locations across USA.
Millions of fans enjoyed the music but the singers were suddenly in for a rude shock. SPB, Chithra and Charan.were slapped with a legal notice by Ilaiyaraja under the Copyrights act against SPB. The talented singer has announced that henceforth he will not sing any song composed by Ilaiyaraja in anywhere.
Here’s his letter, “Dear all, 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 penalties and face legal action. Let me say, I am ignorant of these legalities. 
My Son designed this world tour and we kickstarted this SPB50 concert  tour in August in Toronto, 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 cannot perform Isaijnani’s compositions from today. 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. 
Sarvejanah Sukhinobhavanthu.”

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