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Gossip : And Madonna in Mumbai?

Word has it that a Sri Lankan group called the United Artists of Sri Lanka is in talks with the Indian Performing Rights Society to bring down Western artists of the calibre of Madonna, Sir Elton John and Ricky Martin for an event that is aimed at giving musicians from all over Asia — in this case Indian musicians — a platform to meet Western artists.
The idea is “to give Indian music a boost and a wider reach,” says US-based Sri Lankan Asoka Gunawardena, a member of the United Artists of Sri Lanka who was recently down in Mumbai on a business trip. “People all over Asia can name a litany of Western stars. But if you go to a kid in America and ask them whether they’ve heard of composers from here, no one really knows about anything apart from the odd bhangra track. Hopefully this will go towards changing that equation more in our favour,” continues Asoka.
He met up with Rakesh Nigam of the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) for this purpose. “He wanted to bring down artists composers, artists and musicians from all over Asia for an event over here, perhaps a benefit concert or some kind of a quasi-cultural ceremony. Things are in its infancy, but we have a firm plan in place, it can be done as it’s a good idea,” ends Rakesh.