Although hugely popular in India, Madonna has somehow never performed for her fans here. Talking about what’s kept her away from the country, she says, “I haven’t got the chance to tour India, but I would surely love to.”
Ask the international pop icon if she has considered collaborating with India’s very own global musician, AR Rahman, and she says, “I would like to work with him when the opportunity comes, and things work out. Only then we will be able to decide on the music.”
On her last trip to the country in 2007, the musician had visited Jodhpur and Udaipur with her then-husband Guy Ritchie and her children. Reports had claimed that she even extended her trip by a few days because she loved the desert state so much.
“I really did. I had gone with my family and friends and I completely fell in love with the culture and traditions of Rajasthan. I also heard a few folk songs and saw some traditional dances,” she reveals.
Although at one time the Like A Virgin singer was married to a filmmaker, she hasn’t watched any Bollywood films. “But I know they are very colourful and have huge dance sequences. I’m sure I’ll enjoy them,” she says, before talking about desi music, “I haven’t heard a lot, but I’m familiar with Indian music.”
Madonna’s recently released 12th album debuted at number one across charts in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Italy and Spain. Called MDNA, the compilation even has a few collaborative tracks with American musician Nicki Minaj and Sri Lankan artiste M.I.A.
Talking about the ‘trippy’ title, she says, “MDNA mainly signifies my name. It also represents Madonna DNA. I’m happy that it has done well. Even today, I’m anxious to know everyone’s response to my work.”