Coldplay In India: Modi Quotes Dylan And Chris Martin Speaks Hindi

After a five-hour long event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the crowd at the Global Citizen India and then finally Coldplay took the stage

The times, they truly are a changing. Who knew that one day Narendra Modi would quote Bob Dylan at a Coldplay concert. But these disparate worlds collided in Mumbai's MMRDA grounds, with 70,000 people bearing witness to it.

After a five-hour long wait which saw everyone from Sonakshi Sinha to Farhan Akhtar and Demi Lovato perform, Coldplay finally took the stage after being introduced by the trio of Shah Rukh Khan, Freida Pinto and Sachin Tendulkar.

The other big act, Jay-Z had not been able to rouse the lethargic crowd with the rap superstar's attempts to get the crowd singing along, failing. So while Mumbai did not seem to recognise that genius musician's work, they did give a loud welcome to Chris Martin and co.

But before that they had to sit (read stand) through a speech from the Prime Minister who appeared at the charity concert through video conferencing.

And he quoted lines from Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan's iconic The Times They Are A-Changin', a song touted as a protest anthem.

I have had my own set of idols. But you will be perhaps more familiar with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Chris Martin and AR Rehman," Modi said.

"So to quote from one of Dylan's transformative anthems which holds as much meaning today as it did when it was first sung in the 1960.
"Come mothers and fathers, throughout the land, and don't criticise, what you can't understand. Your sons and your daughters, are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin'. Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand, for the times they are a-changin'" Modi said, quoting Dylan's famous lines from the song released in 1964.

With the speech over, it was time for some fun.

Coldplay started their set with their hit Yellow and played all their popular numbers including Scientist, Fix You, Clocks and their India inspired hit Hymn For The Weekend.

This time the crowd was singing along as Chris took to the piano with an Indian flag draped over it.

But the highlight was when the band's frontman spoke in Hindi, thanking the crowd for welcoming him into their "khoobsurat desh".

And thus the day-long party came to an end.

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