Katy Perry to Perform With Bollywood Stars in India
Katy Perry is slowly but surely reemerging after her highly publicized divorce from Russell Brand by making yet another big public appearance, this time in India as part of the opening ceremony of cricket's Indian Premier League. The performance will mark the first time Perry has played on an Indian stage since the start of her journey to super-stardom, despite marrying Brand in the country in 2010.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place in the southern city of Chennai on Tuesday, April 3 -- just one day prior to the start of the cricket tournament. In addition to Perry's appearance, others set to play will also include actress Priyanka Chopra and actor Salman Khan. The festivities will be hosted by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
"I'm very much looking forward to performing in India for the first time, to be able to bring some of my California Dreams Tour to India and to be in India for my fans," Perry says [quotes via The Hollywood Reporter]. "I'm very excited to meet them and see them, and finally bring them some happiness in the form of music. I'm very excited to be able to collaborate with some Bollywood stars in India. I think Bollywood is amazing and fun and over-the-top, and I love to be involved with a lot of things that are over the top, so I think it's a good match. I really like their spirit, and charm and sense of humor, and I'm hoping that I can bring some Western love to Bollywood and then take home some Bollywood to the Western world."
"I know that everyone in India has waited for a very long time for me to come and perform professionally," continues Perry. "I've enjoyed India on my own time personally, and now it's time to give back to the fans. I'm really excited to be a part of something really big in India and to soak up all the culture and beauty that is India, and to learn about the country and the people, and just have an incredible experience.”
Perry's forthcoming visit to India will be the first time she has stepped foot back into the country since her 2010 wedding in Rajasthan when she and Brand said "I do" in a lavish Indian ceremony.
Fans who are unable to hop a flight to India for the special performance are still able to catch the show since Sony Entertainment Television's SET MAX channel will air it live. Overseas broadcasters include Neo Cricket in the US, ITV in the UK and Rogers Sports Net One in Canada.