Coldplay steals the show,’Vande Mataram’ with A. R. Rehman
Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin ended the Global Citizen Festival India concert on a high note with hisa band this evening by singing “Vand Mataram” with the music maestro A R Rahman and also waved the national flag.
The band performed for over an hour at the MMRDA grounds. The singer is in the country as part of the Global Citizen India initiative 2016.
The british Rock band performed several memorable songs including paradise, Viva La Vida, Yellow, Fix you. Martin invited A R Rahman on stage and both sang “Maa tujhe salaam… Vande maataram”.
Martin later even waved the national flag. Initially, he also had small tricolour stuck in his back-pocket but later put it away. Martin also enthralled everyone with his own version of song “Channa Mereya” from Karan Johar’s film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.
During his performance, Martin said, “Namaste friends, yeh hamari khushkismati hai ki itne khoobsurat desh mein aaye hain. (We are fortunate that we have come to such beautiful country).” At the start, Martin was introduced by superstar Shah Rukh Khan, cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar and actress Frieda Pinto.
The Global Citizen Festival India 2016 turned out to be the biggest entertainment event of the year in B-town as several Bollywood celebrities and some international artists shared the stage at the MMRDA grounds,. Among the celebrities present at the gala were Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Monali Thakur, Arijit Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Arjun Rampal, Suzanne Khan.
British pop rock band “The Vamps” performed their hit track. They also had great time working with ace choreographer Farah Khan. Arjjun introduced megastar Amitabh Bachchan on stage and Big B was joined by the Shillong Chamber Choir. He recited a poem which was a tribute to Indian women and gender equality.
Dressed in a red dress, fashionista Sonam Kapoor pledged to educate youth about sustainable development, sharing the goal of making Internet reach about 300,000 villages. While introducing music maestro A R Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan said, “I wouldn’t be what I am if it were not for Rahman’s “Chaiyya Chaiyya”. King Khan later returned to the stage to introduce American rapper Jay Z.
Jay Z made his India debut at the Global Citizen India concert with his hit Bounce, set against a sample of AR Rahman’s tune “Chaiyya Chaiyya”. He also crooned his hit songs ‘We gonna run this town tonight’, ’99 Problems’, ‘In Paris’, ‘Drunk In Love’ and his Panjabi MC collaboration ‘Beware Of The Boyz’.