Spice Girls Cause Flap In India As World Tour Nears

Sure the Spice Girls are winning fans in Europe, the U.S., and most corners of the world, but as the old show business saying goes, "Will it play in Khajuraho?"

Maybe not.

According to the Associated Press, a classical dancer in that Indian town is requesting that the government step in and stop a show the Girls are set to play at a site adorned with erotic sculptures. The dancer, Geeta Chandran, is reportedly arguing that the site and the sculptures are part of Hindu spirituality, and that the Spice Girls don¹t fit into that picture.

"The profile of the Spice Girls does not match that of the temples. ... Eroticism sans spirituality will be reduced to pornography," Chandran has reportedly said in her effort to block the show at Khajuraho, which is 300 miles southeast of New Delhi.

It's doubtful that the flap will take a dent out of the Girls' steamrolling popularity. The Girls currently have two albums lodged in the "Billboard" top 20, and are set to kick

off a world tour next week in Ireland. Here's where they'll be:

  • 2/24 - Dublin, IRE @ Point
  • 2/25 - Dublin, IRE @ Point
  • 3/2 - Zurich, SWI @ Hallenstadion Zurich
  • 3/3 - Frankfurt, GER @ Festhalle
  • 3/5 - Bologna, ITA @ Palasport
  • 3/6 - Rome, ITA @ Palaeur
  • 3/8 - Milan, ITA @ Forum
  • 3/9 - Milan, ITA @ Forum
  • 3/11 - Marseille, FRA @ Le Dome
  • 3/13 - Barcelona, SPA @ Palau St. Jordi
  • 3/16 - Madrid, SPA @ Palacio de los Deportes
  • 3/19 - Lyon, FRA @ Halle Tony Garnier
  • 3/20 - Lausanne, SWI @ Patinoire De Malley
  • 3/22 - Pau, FRA @ Le Zenith
  • 3/23 - Pau, FRA @ Le Zenith
  • 3/26 - Munich, GER @ Olympiahalle
  • 3/28 - Arnhem, NET @ Gelredome
  • 3/29 - Arnhem, NET @ Gelredome
  • 3/31 - Antwerp, BEL @ Sports Palace
  • 4/1 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfalenhalle
  • 4/4 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
  • 4/5 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
  • 4/7 - Manchester, UK @ NYNEX Arena
  • 4/8 - Manchester, UK @ NYNEX Arena
  • 4/11 - Manchester, UK @ NYNEX Arena
  • 4/12

    - Manchester, UK @ NYNEX Arena

  • 4/14 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/15 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/18 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/19 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/21 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/22 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/25 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/26 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
  • 4/28 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
  • 4/29 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
  • 5/2 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
  • 5/3 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
  • 5/5 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
  • 5/6 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
  • 5/12 - Paris, FRA @ Palais Omnisports
  • 5/13 - Paris, FRA @ Palais Omnisports
  • 5/15 - Vienna, AUT @ Stadthalle
  • 5/16 - Vienna, AUT @ Stadthalle
  • 5/19 - Stockholm, SWE @ Stockholm Globe Arena
  • 5/20 - Stockholm, SWE @ Stockholm Globe Arena
  • 5/22 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Forum
  • 5/23 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Forum
  • 5/25 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwall Arena
  • 5/26 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwall Arena
  • 5/28 - Oslo, NOR @ Oslo Spektrum

  • 5/29 - Oslo, NOR @ Oslo Spektrum