“I do not cre­ate mu­sic to please the ma­jor­ity and I do not care about record sales”

India Today - - GLOSSARY - —Kripa Kr­ish­nan

From Catholic school girl to Lady

Gaga, Ste­fanie Ger­man­otta, 25, is a reg­u­lar fix­ture on the world’s power lists, the reign­ing prima donna on so­cial net­work­ing sites and mother mon­ster to mil­lions of fans. Lady G goes gaga over In­dia. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view.

Q. Was In­dia every­thing you had imag­ined or was it bet­ter?

A. I was so ner­vous be­fore land­ing be­cause it is a to­tally dif­fer­ent place for me. I have wanted to visit In­dia for years now. I ar­rived dur­ing the fes­ti­val of lights, it was so beau­ti­ful. I im

me­di­ately felt at peace.

Q. Your wardrobe of­ten grabs head­lines. But the sig­na­ture Gaga touch seems to be miss­ing in In­dia. Did you tone it down?

A. The wardrobe for my In­dian trip is dif­fer­ent

be­cause I want to hon­our In­dian de­sign tal­ent and the In­dian spirit through what I wear.

Q. You are very vo­cal in your sup­port of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. Why?

A. I be­lieve in equal­ity for ev­ery­body. And be­ing an artiste to me is all about be­ing able to speak about things that mat­ter to me. I do not cre­ate mu­sic for money or fame.

Q. How do you bal­ance this def­i­ni­tion of an artiste with the com­mer­cial re­quire­ment to sell records?

A. I do not cre­ate mu­sic to please the ma­jor­ity and I do not care about record sales. I have worked my en­tire life to get to this place where I can speak freely to the world and my fans. And I put my heart and soul into it.

Q. Did the In­dian fans live up to your ex­pec­ta­tions?

A. My lit­tle mon­sters wel­comed me with such warmth. When I met them they hugged me, telling me their life sto­ries in those five min­utes that I spent with them. These are ex­pe­ri­ences I will cher­ish for life.

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