Copyright Issues in Bharathanatyam…

Here is a development that all of us should pay attention to…

This is an article featured in narthaki

Court injunction against the producers of the dance ballet JAYA JAYA DEVI

February 29, 2008 On Wednesday, February 27, 2008, THE HINDU published news about the court injunction against the producers of the dance ballet JAYA JAYA DEVI which toured the US in 1994. The original production, in which I danced the role of Durga, enjoyed a record breaking tour of 23 performances in the US and Canada. The producer was Ms Uma Ganesan of Cleveland Cultural Alliance and the choreographer was Smt Rhadha. Research for the production was by Sujatha Srinivasan and the musical score was created by renowned composer Lalgudi Jayaraman.

Ms. Uma Ganesan (CCA) was planning on re-staging the ballet for a second tour of the US later this year. A Lakshman, who was part of the original ensemble, was engaged as the choreographer of this version of the dance drama.
The recent court verdict has been declared in favour of Sri Jayaraman and his colleagues.
This prevents Ms Ganesan from staging this dance production.

This is an interesting moment for all artistes to consider the importance of signed agreements and the duration of contracts. Royalty issues and copyright needs to be discussed by all those who use recorded music and collaborate with musicians for original scores.

We provide a link to the original article.

Interim injunction against staging of ballet made absolute
http://www.hindu.com/2008/02/27/stories/2008022752730400.htm

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