WE surprisingly found ourselves outdoors a lot this week, indulging in a few not-so-usual activities. Week two of the Chennai Photo Biennale brought with it a photo exhibition by three-time World Press Photo Award winner, Walter Astrada, at Phoenix MarketCity. Continuing with the theme of art in public spaces, the showcase in the outdoor section of the mall got a lot of exposure and attention. Also present at the inauguration was Pablo Bartholomew, who showcased a few pieces by some of his friends from New York.
Meanwhile, the mall in Velachery also had funnyman Cyrus Broacha entertaining the crowds. Getting to the venue on a Harley Davidson, he soon had everyone in splits with his irreverent comments. Yet another reminder that no one does it like Broacha.
Unlike most Saturday nights where people head out late, the weekend started off with a packed house at Aqua for the IndiEarth at The Park series. Lots of musicians, party peeps and IndiEarth followers turned up early, all set to watch ‘Aswekeepsearching’ (yes it’s one word) an ambient, post-rock band from Ahmedabad, that has been turning heads since their inception not too long ago. They had the crowd with them throughout their performance, with everyone chanting ‘one more, one more!’ to their last song.
Across town, at ITC Grand Chola, The Racing awards night was underway, hosted by the Madras Race Club with the who’s who of the horse racing community celebrating The Indian Turf Invitation Cup. The prestigious event was back in Chennai after a long gap of 11 years and saw participants from across the country. On the microphone was expert commentator Cyrus Madhan, who handled the festivities, both on and off the track, in his inimitable style. The evening also included a touching tribute to the late turf baron, Dr MAM Ramaswamy.
The weekend ended with a little fashion for the ladies, with the preview of Rehana Basheer’s Spring Summer collection at her store on Harrington Road. Looks like the floral craze isn’t dying down anytime soon, as we were given lots of bright colours, sheer layering and prints in a quick showcase over high tea.