The first ever Global Citizen Festival was held in MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai on November 19. In this musical extravaganza, world famous band Coldplay, made their India debut. The Global Citizen Music Festival is an annual event that began in 2012 with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, as its Creative Director.
Apart from Coldplay, they were some other high profile acts like rap veteran Jay Z, popular British boy band The Vamps and pop singer Demi Lovato. It is estimated that around 80,000 people attended this extravaganza along with Bollywood A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Alia Bhatt. Some other noteworthy names at the event were AR Rahman, Fredia Pinto, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, and more. PM Narendra Modi also made an appearance (via video conference) to quote Dylan’s The Times They Are a Changin and spoke about the recent demonetization.
Our very own the Shillong Chamber Choir (SCC), also performed at this high profile event. Shillong Chamber Choir is a multi-genre Indian chamber choir based in Shillong, founded by Neil Nongkynrih, a concert pianist and a Padma Shri awardee. Over the years they have performed in Britain, Poland, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Italy, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Guwahati.
At the Global Citizen India Festival, SCC and ECO collaborated for a song composed and arranged by Neil Nongkynrih blending Khasi folklore, and western classical sounds. Vocals by Amitabh Bachchan, the song is about the respect women deserve in today’s world.