Diljit Dosanjh delivered an electrifying performance at the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, garnering praise from Indian fans worldwide.
Throughout his set, Dosanjh delighted the crowd with some of his most popular hits, such as “Lover,” “Born To Shine,” and “Proper Patola.”
Apart from other moments from the evening that made Indians proud, a viral moment took social media by storm.
Dosanjh announced his arrival on stage with the phrase “Punjabi aa gaye Coachella oye.”
Days following his power-packed performance, the singer shared details about the line, a standout moment during his gig.
Donning a black kurta, lungi, matching turban, and a pair of sneakers, Diljit prayed before taking the stage and was welcomed with resounding cheers from the crowd.
In an energetic display, Dosanjh proudly proclaimed in Punjabi, “Now it has been written in history. Punjabi aa gaye hum Coachella (Punjabis have arrived at Coachella). And for those who don’t understand my songs, catch the vibe!”
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— Mandy (@tuhanu_ki) April 26, 2023
In a recent interview with ABP Sanjha, Diljit Dosanjh revealed that his historic Coachella performance almost didn’t start with his now-famous opening line.
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He originally planned to say, “Yo guys, you feel good,” but a conversation with a friend just days before the event changed everything.
The friend pointed out that someone would speak Punjabi on stage for the first time in Coachella’s history.
This realization profoundly impacted Diljit, who realized that his performance wasn’t just about him but about representing his culture on a global platform.
This year has been amazing for indian artists ..,Grammys,Golden globes,Oscars and this ……. Our @Diljitdosanjh 🔥 https://t.co/kl3j9LfMV3
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) April 17, 2023
And represent he did! Diljit brought down the house with his hits “Jatt Da Pyaar,” “Patiala Peg,” and “Munda Hunda Dhuppa Vich Tan Kudiye.” But his opening line, “Punjabi aa gaye Coachella oye,” really connected with the audience.
During his interview, Diljit Dosanjh revealed an unexpected hurdle he faced just moments before taking the stage at Coachella.
A foreigner accidentally pulled out the cable of the keyboard, causing a minor delay in his scheduled performance at 6:50 pm. “I was losing time because the performance had to end at 7:30, and you can’t extend it even by a minute because the sound would get disconnected. I was too worried then,” he explained in Punjabi.
Despite the setback, Diljit remained calm and trusted that everything would work out, eventually delivering a historic performance.
Diljit explained that the line wasn’t just his feeling – it was a shared emotion felt by everyone who has ever felt pride in their roots.
Diljit’s performance was so well-received that he was invited back to the stage for an encore.
And in true Diljit fashion, he wore the same black kurta, lungi, and turban for his second performance, only this time in white. It was a fitting end to a historic night that proved Punjabi music and culture have a place on the global stage.
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