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    (From left) Amy Jackson, students from KM Music Conservatory and Nadisha Thomas

    Red carpet season has begun, and we can’t help but get a little carried away. I, for one, love the drama of it all. Nothing like an awards show to get everyone hot under the collar. Who was wearing what, who deserved to be nominated for which award and, oh, the injustice of it all. I’ve actually bumped into loads of people who’ve woken up at the crack of dawn, to catch all the action live. Saturday turned out to be just as exciting, with several Kollywood starlets lending their support to a worthy cause.

    The Charity Art Auction by the Madras Round Table 1 at the Hyatt Regency proved to be quite a success, not just for the funds raised but for the genuine interest shown by the community. The Ray of Light Foundation even put together a mini fashion show, with the kids wearing outfits by Kidology and Chiquitita from Evoluzione. Actors Andrea Jeremiah and Amy Jackson who were amongst those present, happily joined the ‘catwalk’ with the little ones.

    This past week also saw loads of music with everyone from Atif Aslam to Anoushka Shankar performing live in the city. Fusion band Oxygen, in association with the K M Conservatory, unveiled their latest album. Their style of music cuts across various genres and is inspired by and fused with sounds from around the world.

    The launch at Forum Mall saw a ‘musical flash mob,’ where people got to join in, minus rehearsals of any sort. It continued to rain stars through the week, especially at the Silk Mark Bridal Extravaganza at The Westin. The evening was heavy on glamour, showcasing collections by Pothys, Karishma, Diva and Athiya—with the focus on the bride and her big day.

    Sidney Sladen ensured a packed house, with the film fraternity in full attendance, and ‘show stoppers’ Jeyam Ravi and Genelia.  Speaking of launches, Sameer Shroff embarked on his first official gig as a DJ. Pulse at the Radisson Blu City Centre was packed with the usual suspects, all of whom came out in full support of Sameer. Or should I say DJ ‘S-A-M’. The music went from Deep House to Techno, with the crowd continuing to pour in, until the wee hours.

    - Paloma Rao (paloma@newindianexpress.com)

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