India seems to be building a record of impromptu performances by western artists. More than four decades ago The Beatles gave a mind-blowing performance in Delhi, then in 1972 Led Zeppelin joined an impromptu jam with local musicians during a visit to the discotheque Slip Disc in Mumbai.
This time Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin hit Summerhouse, a bar in Delhi and took the audience by surprise with an unexpected performance, reported Buzzfeed.
Late Wednesday night, Indian comedian Rohan Joshi put up a video of Chris Martin singing Viva la Vida, at a bar in New Delhi.
His performance was surreal to many as nobody knew that he was in India in the first place.
The video was followed by a picture that Rohan instagrammed:
An audience member on condition of anonymity sent Buzzfeed videos of Martin’s impromptu performance.
Here’s Viva La Vida:
And Fix You:
A snatch of Paradise recorded on video:
Here's a tiny unedited,raw glimpse of Chris Martin perform in Delhi tonight. Full, edited video out soon. @kibbanoir pic.twitter.com/K0rZ2bCZAs— A Little Anarky (@alittleanarky) July 1, 2015
To double the fun, comedian Tanmay Bhat and musician Vishal Dadlani were also present. Both of them tweeted photos of the jam.
Ok, I just got off stage from standing around while Chris Martin of Coldplay did an impromptu set. Holy wow!! pic.twitter.com/Yc0RWIv9Mr— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) July 1, 2015
To everyone's surprise Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto was also spotted at the gig. Reportedly she has been in India for the last few days working on the Girl Rising campaign.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Hollywood actress Freida Pinto met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday and discussed how they can support his Swachh Bharat and the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaigns.
Martin and Pinto were accompanied by representatives of the Global Poverty Project. They met Modi as a follow-up to last year's Global Citizen Festival in New York where the prime minister had called for a global movement to end poverty and provide universal sanitation.
During Thursday's meeting, the delegation discussed how they can support Modi's initiative to provide universal sanitation throughout India by 2019. They also thanked the prime minister for his international leadership in elevating the cause of sanitation, with a focus on girls and women, on the global agenda.
Martin earlier called on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence.
According to Vishal they all were out for dinner when Chris said 'let's go and perform somewhere'
It wasn't an event. We were at a dinner together, and he just went 'let's go play somewhere'! And, boom! @karshkalemusic— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) July 1, 2015
Vishal's caption tells how awestruck the crowd had become upon Chris's presence.
Sonakshi really wanted to be there!