Muses. Ek. Madatov, the text is canonical. Performed by the Ensemble of the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God "The Tsaritsa", regent Olga Sholkova Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter, and director. "M.I.A." is a play on her own name and a reference to the acronym of Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of electronic, dance, alternative, hip hop, and world music. Arulpragasam began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker, and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002.