India: Music lovers enjoy Clapton's Layla in Sanskrit

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Indian music lovers are revelling in a Sanskrit language version of Eric Clapton's old favourite, Layla.

Over the last few days, Indian music users have shared Krish Ashok's adaptation of "Layla", called "Leela" on various social media sites, NDTV news website reports. Ashok, who calls himself an "amateur multi-instrumentalist" mixing the "ridiculous and sublime", posted "Leela" on his Soundcloud page, where it clocked up nearly 15,000 plays within seven days. He's also recorded a Sanskrit cover of Black Sabbath's Iron Man.

The track has been rewritten in Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language, by Ashok and his partners, SP Suresh and Vaishnavi Sundararajan, NDTV says, adding that the new version has "a lovely feel to it". Indian blog also mentions Ashok's Leela as being received enthusiastically by Indian users on social media sites, and says that it's not the first time the track has been given a sub-continental vibe. In 2007, Amit Chaudhuri worked Layla into a classic Indian raga after what he called "a moment of mishearing".

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