Isaignani Ilayaraja is not among those loves flashy lights and glitterati surrounding him wherever he goes. However, he recently made it a point to publicly address his fans and authorities on the prevailing practice of pirates duplicating copies of music albums a day or two after the release.
He says “Mozart was paid a measly sum of Rupees 215 (approx) to compose Don Giovanni, the opera in two acts. However, these days as the music has been passed on for traditions to the most elite societies across the world, they are only performed after a million dollar sanction.
Leaving them apart, there are several musicians worldwide, who have struggled to be where they stand today. Irrespective of their financial and basic needs they have committed themselves to their craft, year after year.
I find myself blessed and among the lucky few who earned my bread thanks to kind producers in our industry . But what bothers me is the fact that these days, piracy of songs is not giving them enough return on their investment.”
Speaking further on the issue he remarked “We as artists are not lawmakers, all we can do is to address the concerned authorities on the same. Cyber crime is to be dealt with harshly , through electronic media monitors. As this menace grows the musician community is at a loss, with the hard work being accessed on free basis.”