Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, a day after he surprised Delhi by performing an impromptu gig at the Summer House Cafe in Hauz Khas.
Martin joined the representatives of the New York-based Global Poverty Project to call on the PM on Thursday. Hollywood actor Frieda Pinto, also in India as part of the project, accompanied him.
According to PMO sources, Martin’s interaction with the PM was very formal with discussions on as schemes such as the Swachh Bharat, Namami Gange and Beti Bachao –Beto Padhao. Giving the interaction a personal touch, Martin, however, presented Modi a book on 13th-century Persian poet and philosopher Rumi.
But Modi was not the only one to meet Martin. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal got an unexpected visit from the Coldplay frontman, who met the Aam Aadmi Party leader at his official residence on Wednesday. The meeting lasted for about 25 minutes.
According to sources, the meeting was very informal with no agenda and was fixed by Bollywood composer and AAP member Vishal Dadlani, who has composed songs – including the popular 5 saal Kejriwal - for the party in the past.
The 38-year-old English singer is immensely popular in the country, with the Facebook feed of most people full of stories and pictures of Martin’s Wednesday night performance. He was joined onstage by contemporary folk music artist Raghu Dixit and Indian composer-singer Vishal Dadlani on Wednesday evening, who later shared a few pictures from the jamming session.
Thursday’s delegation to meet the PM included Hugh Evans – CEO Global Poverty Project, Chris Martin, Freida Pinto, Dave Holmes, and Vijay Nair. The delegation discussed their support to the Swachh Bharat campaign and his initiative to provide universal sanitation throughout India by 2019.
"During the trip, the delegation will meet with key government leaders, non-profit partners in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) space, and participate in field visits to see innovative projects addressing sanitation in local communities throughout India. Chris and Freida are key supporters of the organisation, and Freida has previously used her voice to show her commitment to girls and women’s education and empowerment, two key factors in ending extreme poverty,” a release stated.