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    Ring in Madras Week with a host of cultural performances.

    Starting today, Phoenix MarketCity will see a three-day music and dance festival, celebrating Madras Week. Featuring the likes of renowned dancer Rukmini Vijayakumar, Grammy-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram and popular playback singers like Ranjith, Saranya Srinivas and Aalaap Raju, the weekend promises a balance of light and classical sounds. Trained in Bharatanatyam, ballet, modern dance, contemporary jazz and tap, among others, Vijayakumar says, a�?Chennai is beautiful because therea��s always something happening here culturally. Ita��s such an unassuming space and lets you be.a�? Theming her piece on Shiva and the city, the actor and model is set to perform a Bharatanatyam piece, ending with a contemporary act set to Vande Mataram. Vijayakumar hints that she will be making her debut in theatre next month at Museum Theatre, but keeps mum about further details. The Bengaluru-based actress also lets on that she has an interesting role in Mani Ratnama��s upcoming Katru Veliyidai. Meanwhile, with an interesting lineup of songsa��including his popular hits like Ennamo Aedho, Theeye Theeye and a fewA� independent numbersa��singer and bass guitarist, Raju, is excited for his first-ever performance for Madras Week. a�? Styles from Hindustani to western meet here effortlessly and almost all the stalwarts of the Indian music scene are here. So, for me, Chennai is all about music,a�? says the 37-year-old. Raju has quite a few Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam numbers and a few independent projects lined up for release in the coming months.
    August 19-21. 7pm onward Details: 30083007

    a��Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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