Hounslow's Ashiana Bar is set to lose its eastern soundtrack after its owners were banned from playing Indian tunes and fined £1,500 in costs.

One of the countrys top judges, Mr Justice Blackburne, ruled at the High Court that proprietor Nirmala Debi Beu must turn off the traditional music until she gets a licence worth hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

The judge was told by Fiona Clark, counsel for Phonographic Performance Ltd, that one of their inspectors called at the premises in Bell Road on July 27 last year and heard Ravi Shankar tracks being played including An Introduction To Indian Music, Kafi-Hol, Raga Des, Raga Palas Kafi and Sitar Todi, even though no licence was in force.
 
She said that solicitors had sent letters to the premises informing Beu of the nature and extent of PPLs repertoire and the fact that the playing in public of sound recordings without PPL's licence or permission constitutes infringement of its copyright.
 
Fridays ban applies to all forms of mechanically recorded music such as records, tapes and CDs in PPLs repertoire, which covers 97 per cent of all music.
 
A spokesperson for PPL said: Whenever you play a sound recording in public, there are two separate licence fees to be paid. PPL distributes its licence fees to record companies, recording artists and musicians, and the Performing Rights Society collects a separate licence fee which they distribute to composers and music publishers.
 
"A licence is required for any event except a family or domestic gathering, such as a wedding reception or birthday party. PPL sometimes waives fees for charity events."