Tamil Nadu

Playback singers get royalty for first time

₹51 lakh distributed among artistes

For the first time in India, the Indian Singers Rights Association distributed around ₹51 lakh as royalty to popular playback singers in Chennai on Friday.

ISRA’s CEO Sanjay Tandon, who presented a cheque to renowned singers K.J. Yesudas, P. Susheela, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra, Srinivas and many others, told The Hindu, “This ₹51 lakh royalty money will grow 10 fold if and when radio channels, television channels and mobile companies start paying us. Right now, only IPL teams, amusement parks and few other establishments have paid the royalty money.”

Mr. Tandon said the struggle for ensuring royalty payment began in 1990, culminating in the amendment to the Copyright Act in 2012 that updated the existing laws to international and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) norms, giving writers, composers and artistes’ ownership rights.

Mr. Tandon said the ISRA will seek legal recourse to seek royalties from radio stations, television and mobile networks.

Mr. Balasubrahmanyam hailed the development as a step in the right direction. “There are singers who have sung just one song.... But, even they are playback singers. It is great that even they will get royalties,” he added. Vani Jairam said that “this was a phenomenal and historic step forward.”

One of the most popular playback singers of the yesteryear, Ms. Susheela said, “We have struggled a lot to get this royalty. I am very happy.”

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