Coldplay takes stage, PM Narendra Modi shares spotlight with Bob Dylan verse

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a video address, made a reference to his demonetisation decision and quoted lines from Bob Dylan’s iconic song, “The times they are a-changin”.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: November 20, 2016 9:36 am
 Coldplay, Coldplay Mumbai, Coldplay mumbai news, coldplay mumbai concert, coldplay concert, coldplay concert mumbai, mumbai news, india news Coldplay’s Chris Martin in Mumbai Saturday. (Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar)

If there was a single standout moment at the Global Citizen India Festival on Saturday evening, it was when the voices of the 80,000-strong audience that filled the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) grounds became one to sing along to Fix You, arguably Coldplay’s most sentimental hit.

“You have waited for us to come and perform in India for 16 years. You’ve been patient and beautiful,” said Chris Martin, frontman, Coldplay, at the band’s first-ever performance in India.

It was the grand finale and highlight of the festival that had been playing out on social media for the past few months, and finally culminated in a nearly nine-hour long power-packed show featuring performances by Jay-Z, Demi Lovato, The Vamps, A R Rahman and a host of Bollywood stars.

Sharing some of the spotlight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a video address, made a reference to his demonetisation decision and quoted lines from Bob Dylan’s iconic song, “The times they are a-changin”.

“You have been smart in asking me to only address the gathering and not sing, else I’m pretty sure your audience would be asking you for their money back, and that too in Rs 100 notes,” he said in his opening remarks.

On a more serious note, he asserted that he has public support for the “second cleanliness drive”, a reference to demonetisation.

“These days, whether it is the cleaning across the border or of the vaults full of black money, everything is going on in full swing… I am getting your invaluable support for the second cleanliness drive,” he said. “I am convinced that we can, and we will, build a Swachh Bharat, free of all forms of filth within one generation,” he said.
“I have had my own set of idols. But you will perhaps be more familiar with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Chris Martin and A R 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 cannot understand. Your sons and your daughters, are beyond your command. Your old roads rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one, if you can’t lend your hand, for the times they are a-changin’,” said Modi.

“Elders must learn from these words of wisdom,” he said. “We better get out of the way as indeed the times they are a changin,” said Modi, as he exhorted the youth to “be the winds of change that are transforming our nation”.

The show began at 1:30 pm, with a group of children from underprivileged backgrounds taking the stage to sing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Ranveer Kapoor performed as well.

Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z performed for over 30 minutes and wowed the crowd with hits like Holy Grail, New York State of Mind, and Drunk in Love. A R Rahman performed electro-jazz versions of Humma Humma, Tu Hi Re and Dil Se.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Ratan Tata, Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Sonam Kapoor and Sachin Tendulkar were among those who addressed the audience on sustainable development goals as envisioned by Global Citizen Initiative.

Coldplay came on stage a little after 8:30 pm and played for nearly 90 minutes, running through a track-list of their most popular songs such as Yellow, The Scientist, Paradise and Fix You, and pulling out all the stops to provide a visual spectacle complete with fireworks, balloons and confetti. The wait was worth it.

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  1. P
    Nov 20, 2016 at 2:48 am
    Future Nobel prize winner Shri Modiji with present Nobel winner BobJi Dylanji.
    1. J
      Jay singh
      Nov 20, 2016 at 7:41 am
      Our President should be in natak manadlii ...Daramebaaz !!!
      1. T
        Telly TUBE
        Nov 20, 2016 at 8:01 am
        Public Reaction on Demonitization of Rs 500 and 1000 lt;br/gt;=====================================================lt;br/gt;Indian Public are Abusing Narendra Modi In this Videolt;br/gt;===================================================== lt;br/gt;
        1. M
          Nov 20, 2016 at 9:10 am
          "Our President ..." Mr Singh -- you are in a terrible hurry to comment
          1. P
            Nov 21, 2016 at 4:47 am
            What Narendra Modi quoted is the Fourth (4th) verse in Dylan's song. Please re-read the lyrics for Dylan's song and report back.
            1. R
              rajan luthra
              Nov 20, 2016 at 2:19 am
              It is unfortunate that the govt. is trying to rope in celebrities to endorse its policies. It is forgetting that proof of the pudding is in its ingredientsand preparation. Too many cooks have already spoilt the broth
              1. C
                Nov 20, 2016 at 11:52 am
                By citing Bob Dylan, Modi has made a FOOL of himself. American singers are not like Indian singers. In that song Dylan sings: Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There's a battle outside And it is ragin' It'll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin'.
                1. C
                  Nov 20, 2016 at 11:36 am
                  Modi has discovered himself. Here is a full stanza from Bob Dylan's, "The Times They Are Achanging":lt;br/gt;Come senators, congressmenlt;br/gt;Please heed the calllt;br/gt;Don't stand in the doorwaylt;br/gt;Don't block up the halllt;br/gt;For he that gets hurtlt;br/gt;Will be he who has stalledlt;br/gt;There's a battle outsidelt;br/gt;And it is ragin'lt;br/gt;It'll soon shake your windowslt;br/gt;And rattle your wallslt;br/gt;For the times they are a-changin'.
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