Namaste India, says Gaga: The capital is set to get a taste of F1 glitz and glamour this weekend as India hosts its first Formula One Grand Prix, with parties and events featuring global A-listers organised in New Delhi. Topping the bill is pop star Lady Gaga, performing at an invitation-only show in a five-star hotel club after the race on Sunday. The “Born This Way” singer will perform for the first time in India. Gaga recently appeared as her male alter ego during MTV’s Video Music Awards. Gaga will perform in front of guests invited by the club co-owner and Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal.
Also making their debut in India is heavy metal band Metallica as part of F1 Rocks. The singer adds an extra dash of glamour to the races. The after-parties are open to all, including one that will feature a DJ set by British eighties star Boy George.
Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan are expected to be in attendance and could be joined by Hollywood big-wigs. At the luxury 60-acre (25-ha) resort near the track where celebrities and F1 drivers like Michael Schumacher will be staying, last-minute preparations were being made to ensure quirky requests are met, including one from Formula One management headed by Bernie Ecclestone to have elephants available for guests to ride.