Ed Sheeran’s pairing with Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh sent Mumbai into raptures – and lit up India’s social media

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Ed Sheeran and Indian singer Diljit Dosanjh during their performance in Mumbai on March 16, 2024.



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British singer Ed Sheeran hit the stage with Diljit Dosanjh in Mumbai over the weekend when the pair performed a rendition of the Indian artist’s hit track “Lover” in Punjabi, a duet that instantly took India’s social media by storm .

Both artists posted videos of their performances on Instagram, with Sheeran receiving a loud cheer from the crowd when he invited his singing partner on stage.

“Tonight in Mumbai got a chance to bring Diljit Dosanjh to the fore and sing in Punjabi for the first time. I’ve had such an incredible time in India, there’s more to come!” Sheeran wrote in a post.

Singer and actor Dosanjh, 40, is one of the biggest South Asian artists worldwide and has played a major role in putting Punjabi music on the international map. He created history as the first Punjabi artiste to perform at Coachella in 2023.

Over the past 15 years, Sheeran has gone from self-releasing his own EPs and playing in small bars in London to becoming one of modern pop’s best-selling songwriters. He is in the middle of his two and a half year long global “Mathematics” tour.

More than 50,000 concertgoers gathered at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse to watch Dosanjh’s surprise appearance as the Indian star serenaded the audience and Sheeran rocked out while singing parts of the chorus on acoustic guitar.

“We didn’t know Diljit was going to be here, it felt like the moon had landed,” one fan said in a video recap posted by the Indian star.

Another concertgoer said, “I’m still processing what happened here, I’ll never forget this night.”

Spotify India commented on a video posted by Sheeran, saying “we see fire on that platform”, in reference to one of the British star’s hits.

Fans and Indian celebrities on social media praised Dosanjh for getting Sheeran to sing in an Indian language.

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan called it “global dominance” in a comment on Dosanjh’s Instagram video.

“I was screaming like a fan girl in the audience. Comedian Sahil Bulla commented, “It was such a diverse event that no one expected.”

Another user wrote, “Salute to Diljit.” “This man has literally promoted other artists in the field of Punjabi music [sing] Looking forward to his cooperation in Punjabi.”

Dosanjh has collaborated with other English-speaking singers and last year released the bilingual track “Hus Hus” with Sia, the Australian-born artist behind “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”.

And fans are hoping for more international crossovers with the Indian artist, with one person commenting, “First Sia, now Ed, Diljit will make everyone sing in Punjabi.”

India has 23 official languages, including English, and is home to hundreds of other mother tongues.

Punjabi is native to the Punjab region of India as well as the neighboring country of Pakistan. There are over 100 million Punjabi speakers worldwide, in the South Asian subcontinent and in diaspora communities.

During the concert, Sheeran also thanked fans for braving hours of traffic to get to the show.

According to CNN staff who attended the event, the roads leading to the massive 225-acre venue – the equivalent of about 170 American football fields – were jammed with cars about five hours before the event was scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Were.

Traffic was so bad that some fans abandoned their cars and walked the last 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) to the entrance gates.

“I know India is a big place but it is not necessary that everyone at the concert here is from Mumbai. People have traveled a long distance to reach here today. People boarded trains, planes, they drove cars, and they even had children. I know there’s a lot that goes into spending a Saturday night with me,” Sheeran said.

“This is just the beginning,” he said, promising that he would return to India.



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