India Insight

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

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.

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