Ilayaraja: Copy Right Act should be strengthened
Veteran music director Ilayaraja called for strengthening the Copy Right Act to prevent unauthorized usage of music compositions. He lamented that many of his compositions are being used by different institutions without obtaining permission from him thus denying royalty. He also said that permission should be made compulsory even for remix of old songs.
Maestro Ilayaraja is a film composer, singer, lyricist and the first Asian composer to score a symphony for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a gold medalist from Trinity College of Music, London, and has composed over 4, 500 songs and provided film scores for more than 900 Indian films in various languages in a career spanning more than 30 years.
Ilaiyaraaja has won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi (1986) and the Telugu films Rudraveena (1989), Saagara Sangamam (1984). He won the Gold Remi Award for Best Music Score jointly with film composer M. S. Viswanathan at the WorldFest-Houston Film Festival for the film Vishwa Thulasi (2005).