“Mother Monster” Lady Gaga set to surprise India with F1 show

By Reuters Staff
October 28, 2011

By Annie Banerji

Curiosity peaked as international pop icon Lady Gaga kept the media waiting before her press conference In New Delhi. Would she don cow-like headgear (to commemorate her visit to India) or would she be wearing a dress made of stuffed animals again?

Usually known for her artistic public appearances coupled with an outlandish fashion statement, the “Born This Way” singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, kept it safe — wearing a rather conservative Indian-designer dress and her hair dyed in the tricolours of the Indian flag, perhaps keeping in mind India’s conservative and religious social fabric.

The multi-Grammy award winner is in New Delhi on a four-day trip to perform for India’s maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix at an invitation-only show in a five-star hotel after the final race on Sunday.

“I have built a special stage for this show that I’m doing for Sunday. It is unique for India and it has never been done anywhere else in the world. I will be incorporating also the collaborations I did with Indian DJs to the performance,” Gaga said at a press conference on Friday, promising to surprise everyone with her show.

The 25-year-old New Yorker, who is a humanitarian and an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activist, said she is influenced by Indian philosopher Osho’s teachings and ideas of reincarnation, a central tenet of many Indian religious traditions.

“I read Osho because not only do I love his work and what he writes about, but also because I’m kind of an Indian hippy,” Gaga said.

Lady Gaga, whose debut album ‘The Fame’ gave her a springboard into the international pop scene in 2008, said it’s her family which keeps her rooted with both feet on the ground.

“My family helps me strike a balance. They keep me grounded. My life is similar to many people in this room today. I am just a girl trying to make her parents proud,” said the diva, who has over 15 million followers on micro-blogging site Twitter.

This being her debut visit to India, the American singer said she is looking forward to seeing more of the country and its people.

Excitement has been bubbling all week about the country’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is seen as a symbol of India’s growing global clout while also highlighting its enormous disparities in wealth.

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