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Ricky Martin enthralls Jaipur audience

The pop star, belted out his evergreen hits Livin' La Vida Loca and Maria to an enthralled audience at a city wedding.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 11:52 IST

Latino pop star Ricky Martin belted out his evergreen hits Livin' La Vida Loca and Maria to an enthralled audience at a wedding in this Indian city.

Martin, who was performing for the first time in India, sang at the wedding of an industrialist's son Friday evening.

"He started with his popular number 'Maria' and sang some of his favourites hits, including 'Livin' La Vida Loca'," a source at the Le Meridien Hotel, where the show was held, said.

Martin's concert was in celebration of the marriage of Mumbai-based industrialist Neeraj Raja Kocchar's son. The industrialist, who deals in metal, had booked a suite for Martin at the Le Meridien near Amber Fort.

Martin and his over 30-member troupe performed in a black coloured dome, specially erected within the hotel premises for the show at a cost of over Rs.30 million.

"As soon he started singing, the select gathering of guests, including some Europeans, began dancing. It was a big dance party!" the source exclaimed.

A guest at the wedding said: "Oh! I love Martin as his songs are upbeat and happy."

The singing sensation reportedly arrived by a chartered plane Wednesday night and is scheduled to leave later Saturday.

Sources close to the industrialist's family said that the well-known DJ Aqeel has been instrumental in getting Martin to perform at the high-profile wedding.

On Thursday, Martin had taken time out to go on a sightseeing tour of Jaipur and visited historical sites like the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jaigarh Fort.

"He was quite fascinated to see these places," a source said.