By Rishi Iyengar
July 2, 2015

It was just another Wednesday night for patrons of the Summerhouse Café in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village, until Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin got up on stage and began to sing.

Guitar in hand, Martin performed many of the popular U.K. band’s iconic songs, like Fix You and Paradise, before a shocked and elated crowd, as this video from one of the attendees shows:

And here’s another, sent anonymously to BuzzFeed India, of him performing another Coldplay classic Viva la Vida:

And if you live in Delhi, and chose to stay home, and aren’t already feeling bad enough, Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto was also there.

Indian musician Vishal Dadlani, who was at a dinner with Martin in the Indian capital, confirmed on Twitter that it was a completely impromptu, acoustic performance by the British musician, who is immensely popular in India despite Coldplay never having performed there.

Which explains why nobody in Delhi had any idea, leading to devastated posts like these all over social media:

It’s not yet clear exactly what Martin was doing in India in the first place, but fans around the country will be praying that the brief interaction with the Delhi crowd has convinced him to come back with the rest of his band for a concert or two.

Write to Rishi Iyengar at rishi.iyengar@timeasia.com.

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