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Firangi Musicians Adopt Desi Style.

It's nothing new. We've seen it all before. I guess maybe it all started when the Beatles "discovered" Indian music (clearly it didn't exist until it was noticed by the West), and has reached heights with A.R. Rahman's uplifting and highly popular score for Slumdog Millionaire. With the likes of Anil Kapoor trumpeting the merits of the Indian fillm industry all over American airwaves, I think India-mania is still growing and has yet to reach its peak. It's certainly a good time to be desi! Images of lovelies such as Aishwarya Rai, Freida Pinto, and Padma Lakshmi are all over American and European print media these days. I for one, am totally stoked by this phenomenon. Think about it, little desi girls growing up outside India no longer have only Bollywood to find fellow desi faces!

Anyway, in addition to Indian music and film, Indian clothes are enjoying quite a bit of attention at the hands of firangi artists! Note to all: I am not at all using the term as a pejorative! Ever since our one and only choreographer/director sensation, Farah Khan, choreographed Shakira's "Bollywoody" (Shakira's term, not mine) moves for the 2006 MTV Music Awards, and Shakira appeared on stage in a strange mish-mash of desi attire, I think Indian-inspired designs have really taken a hold of the imaginations of international stars.Photo Source.
A couple of years ago, Beyoncé performed in Mumbai in a Rocky S lehnga she had selected for herself. Sasha Fierce looked lovely onstage and I found the wardrobe choice to be a charming tribute to her desi fans.Photo Source.
More recently, the Pussycat Dolls, who Manish over at Ultrabrown correctly dubbed as "putting the 'Ho' back in Jai Ho" with their cover of the hit track, made appearances in Rocky S "saris" - I use that term hesitantly as you will see, most of the creations would hardly constitute a six yard sari.Photo Source.
And to top it all off, and following in the footsteps of her pop idol Madonna, who also had an Indian period in her ever-changing style (remember the 1998 MTV Music Awards where she performed not in "traditional Indian attire" as MTV claimed, but wearing traditional Indian jewelry and accents), Brit-Brit has adopted desi fashion in her Circus tour. Photo Source.
Now the connection between the desi style and the theme of her tour, I, for one do not understand. Does anyone see the connection? All I know is when she is lowered from the ceiling in this outfit, it made me hearken back to my old Amar Chitra Kathas (that's right...I kick it old skool) where the apsaras were always depicted in a similar, scantily clad outfit that was neither sari-nor-lehnga and would horrify any of our mothers due to the lack of an odhni. I'd say Brit's foray into desi style is more along the lines of Shakira and the PD ... that is to say, overtly sexy. What do y'all think?Photo Source.


Anonymous said…
I really love that outfit that Beyonce is wearing - so pretty!
desipolitan said…
Totally agree, Kohl Girl! Love the Rocky S lehnga. Also, the more I see it, the more I think the bottom of Britney's outfit would make a lovely lehnga as well. The top of course, is hideous.

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