Indian pop and Hindi playback singer Alisha Chinai performed at the iconic Wembley Stadium here on Friday as 60,000 cheering people waited for the address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Indian diaspora in Britain.
Ostensibly in keeping with Modi’s “Make in India” initiative, Alisha belted out her evergreen single “Made in India” from the album by the same name as the cultural programme ahead of Modi’s speech kicked off in an electric atmosphere.
Composed by Biddu and released in 1995, “Made in India” was the first Indipop album that sold on a scale comparable to Hindi film music albums.
Ahmedabad-born Alisha’s other albums include Jadoo, Baby Doll, and Aaah Alisha.
Apart from Alisha, British singer-rapper Jay Sean, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, and Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth were among the other performers listed for the event on Friday, the second day of Modi’s three-day visit.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is also scheduled to attend the Wembley event for Modi’s address.
According to the organisers, Europe India Forum, Modi’s speech will be followed by the largest ever fireworks display in Britain as the event coincided with the Indian festival lights, Diwali.
Britain is home to a 1.5-million strong Indian diaspora.