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    Thanks to the Holi festivities  over    the weekend, some of us had to walk around with multicoloured faces on Monday, drawing more than a few curious glances. Following tradition, Vicky, Anubhav and Sunny hosted their annual Holi bash, which unfolded in an afternoon of fantastic food, colour and madness. Our hosts made sure we enjoyed every aspect of the festival, so with water guns in one hand and gol gappas in the other, we set our sights on easy targets and attacked.
    Following quickly were the Women’s Day celebrations where again this year, it finds new meaning for many of us. It’s also great to see men joining in and celebrating with the ladies. 99°1F chose to go with a fitness contest, inviting enthusiasts to show off their workout skills and toned bodies. Joining in the fun were celebrities Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi, Aishwarya Rajesh and Vijayalakshmi, who were happy to give the exercises a shot and play cheering squad.
    Art enthusiasts also had lots to choose from over the weekend with the Auroville festival keeping everyone busy. It started off with an evening by the Auroville choir, totalling 50 members, ranging from the ages of 17 to 70, performing for the first time in Chennai. The ensemble saw more than 20 nationalities represented, all coming together beautifully with rich and varied harmonies. Following it was Simply Complex, an exhibition by Pierre Legrand at Art Houz, showcasing a collection of paintings and art installations. Legrand’s journey has certainly been an interesting one and guests got to meet the artist and discuss his work, over wine and cheese.
    Another set of art lovers gathered at Lalit Kala Akademi for What is Auroville, an exhibition showcasing the work of 20 Auroville artists. Elsewhere, Gallery Veda and Sarala’s Art Gallery celebrated the latter’s golden anniversary with an auction in aid of Rotary Club of Madras. With 64 art works in the offing, the Ballroom at Taj Coromandel saw the participation of close to 200 art enthusiasts.
    Later in the week, The British Deputy High Commissioner, Bharat Joshi, hosted a party celebrating the birthday of the queen. Amidst performances by the KM Music Conservatory and Chennai’s all-girls contemporary dance crew, High Kicks, guests also got to binge on some world class cuisine courtesy Michelin starred chef Mark Poynton. Not a bad way to end the week at all!

    Paloma Rao

    paloma@newindianexpress.com

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