x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

MIA in action at Kochi biennale

The singer and painter M.I.A. will perform at a concert as well as showcase her art at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala.

MIA, the English recording artist and painter of Sri Lankan descent, will perform at a concert as well as showcase her artwork at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

"I want to take art out of galleries and make it accessible to the people, especially children," said the 37-year-old, whose real name is Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam.

The Grammy-nominated star will perform at the biennale's opening event tomorrow. It will be her first stage show in India.

"Getting nominated for a Grammy was a fulfilment of the American dream. The Indian dream is to bring into focus [the country's] concerns for ecology and environment as well as inclusive development," MIA told reporters at a press conference in late November.

"Like music, I would like to bridge the gap between the East and West through art forms," she said.

In her music, MIA combines elements of electronica, dance, alternative, hip-hop and world music. In 2010, Time magazine named her one of the world's 100 most influential people. The video for her latest single, Bad Girls, has received millions of views on YouTube.

The track is part of her fourth studio album, scheduled to be released this month.