Damaged Ilaiyaraaja studio equipment and instruments, stolen during COVID-19 lockdown


Veteran music director Ilaiyaraaja filed a complaint with the Chennai police, saying that many of his personal effects, musical instruments, composition notes, which were in his suite in a private studio were vandalized and damaged during the lockdown in progress in Chennai.

The complaint holds the studio owner’s heir and his henchmen liable for damage caused during the lockdown.

Although said costume was not originally Ilaiyaraaja’s, the music maestro claims it was presented to him by his original owner and movie personality, LV Prasad.

“Said Mr. LV Prasad, in 1977, offered and gave me the whole block of recording theater-1 mentioned above, as a token of respect for my work in the film industry and also in return for the execution of works for his projects. The late Shri LV Prasad reserved a specific area and room specifically and exclusively and allowed me to own, enjoy and use the property like mine without any hindrance with the lock and key, ”it reads in the complaint.

Ilaiyaraaja claimed that he had used the facility for almost 25 years after the death of its original owner (LV Prasad) and this was done with the knowledge, recognition of the heir (Ramesh Prasad). However, it was after the original owner’s grandson (Sai ​​Prasad) took over the property that the alleged problems began.

The complaint alleges that in September 2019, Sai Prasad and his men illegally threatened to cut off water, electricity and other facilities, while forcibly entering with thugs and attempted to dispossess Ilaiyaraaja of the locals. .

“I declare that immediately after the respondents’ unlawful threatening acts as aforementioned, I filed the complaint in SO No. 7315 of 2019 in the Civil Court of Hon’ble City, Chennai, seeking a permanent injunction preventing said Sai Prasad and others, their men, etc., from interfering in any way with my peaceful possession and enjoyment of the trial premises. Said prosecution is still pending, “the complaint read.

According to the complaint, it is said that during the COVID-19 lockdown, Ilaiayaraaja’s personal room containing valuable composition notes, several musical instruments and personal effects was broken.

“Using the blanket of this COVID pandemic, Mr. Sai Prasad and his minions started destroying / removing / altering my musical instruments / notes. All of my valuable composition notes are there and I have received credible information that they are being sold surreptitiously on the black market for a huge sum. It equates to a robbery in the light of day and a grand theft, ”he said.

The complainant requested immediate action to ensure that his valuables were not damaged, destroyed and sold.

Ilaiyaraaja is a 77-year-old musician who has composed music for over 1,300 films and over 7,000 songs in multiple languages ​​in India since 1976.


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