MUMBAI, India, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday 19 November, the Global Citizen Festival India took place for the first time at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. World and business leaders, non-profit organizations, socially conscious artists, and thousands of Global Citizens united to kick-start India's progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Citizen Festival India is a celebration of what India is already doing, but it is also a powerful force to mobilize Indian youth and facilitate mass behavioral change as well as a call to action for our leaders to do more to achieve sustainable and more inclusive growth. It featured the first-ever programmed performances by Coldplay, Jay Z, and Demi Lovato in India. They were joined by celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and A R Rahman, who performed in support of the #ShuruaatHoonMain message to the close to 70,000 Global Citizens in attendance. In just two months since the launch of the Global Citizen India movement, more than 5 lakh young Global Citizens in India took more than 20 lakh actions calling on political, faith and business leaders, along with celebrities, to be more accountable in their efforts to improve education, gender equality and water, sanitation and hygiene in India. Hugh Evans, Founder and CEO, Global Citizen, said: "Global Citizen Festival India showed the power of youth taking action together. More than 500,000 young Global Citizens took more than 2 million actions. And tonight, we saw the results - dozens of commitments that will affect the lives of 500m people. Tonight marks a moment of great celebration, but it is only the beginning of the journey. The growing movement of more than 8 million Global Citizens around the world will keep campaigning to make sure leaders deliver on these promises, and commit to do even more."Gowri Ishwaran, CEO, The Global Education and Leadership Foundation, said: "Today's Global Citizen Festival India brought together 70,000 young people who made their voices heard by leaders from private industry, government, non-governmental, community and religious organisations on the issues that matter: Sanitation, Education and Gender Equality. Their incredible 20 lakh actions showed leaders that young people are serious in their commitment to hold them to account to use their resources for social good. The commitments made in response show the world that citizen-led change is possible. The commitments made here today are set to impact 50 crore people in India and around the world - and this is just the start." In response, leaders at the Global Citizen Festival India made 25 announcements and commitments which are set to affect 500 million people ( 50 crore) people, with a collective value of US$5.93 billion (INR 40,500 crore). And this is just the beginning. Global Citizens will continue to campaign to make sure that leaders deliver on these promises, and that they commit to do even more on the 7 ongoing calls to action that were launched from the stage of the event.