Last year, Ilaiyaraaja had sent a legal notice to his long-term friend SP Balasubrahmanyam asking the latter to not perform his song in any concert without getting necessary permission. Though fans say that both SP Balasubrahmanyam and Ilaiyaraaja are no longer good friends, the singer recently spoke very high about the music composer.
In the musical reality show, SP Balasubrahmanyam said: “Ilaiyaraaja is a self-made musician, there wasn’t any guru for him. The greatest musical combination ever happened in South Indian or Tamil cinema is Ilaiyaraaja and SP Balasubrahmanyam”.
“When Ilaiyaraaja and I visited Mumbai for the recording of ‘Sundari’ from Thalapathi. Musicians there told me that Ilaiyaraaja is a taskmaster that he even pointing out small mistakes. They jovially told us to go back to Chennai as we are making things difficult for them. After Ilaiyaraaja played the intro music of Sundari, everyone in the orchestra gave a standing ovation”, said SP Balasubrahmanyam with a great pride.