Shake Your Biryani

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin (MTV Finland)

When the tsunami devastated South(east) Asia two years ago, pop phenom Ricky Martin packed his bags and headed to the region (you might remember seeing him on Oprah, talking about his experiences).

Since then, the artist has deepened his ties to India, working to help little girls in Calcutta—forced into a life of prostitution—off the streets (“We started this project with one girl. Today we have 167”).

Soon after, Martin performed at the Taj Mahal in an effort to raise awareness and money for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

“After spending time in silence, away from the stage, I had the time to travel and exchange ideas with people from all over the world–Brazil, Thailand, India, Egypt,” he tells reporters. “Being influenced by all these cultures in a creative process, I’ve learned how connected we all are.”

Next month Martin returns to India, where he will be performing at a “high profile shaadi” in Jaipur.

For more on Martin’s humanitarian efforts (and how you can help), visit the Ricky Martin Foundation.

January 30, 2007
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  1. January 31, 2007, 12:22 pm Anuj

    Why do you post your personal musings, on topical issues, albeit, in the news section of Sepia?
    Is the urge to popularise your blog so compelling, that you are willing to misuse a site, which is solely for news related items.

    Really, pathetic.

  2. January 31, 2007, 12:45 pm Hilal

    Yes, we are interested in building our readership, Anuj.

    I will ask the folks at Sepia whether or not they think my postings are appropriate and act accordingly.

    Sorry you feel there has been a misuse of the Sepia system.

    Thanks for your visit.