It was one of those weeks where there was a little something for everyone, with sports, art, fashion and a generous sprinkling of celebrities. Ia��ve found myself on the go with the Tamil Nadu Premiere League, where, after a glittering opening ceremony, the tournament has been heading to various parts of the state. My last stop was Dindigul, where a picturesque NPR stadium, set among the rolling hills, saw a visit from Suresh Raina.
Back in Chennai, the cricket mania continued, with renowned Aussie cricket legend, Glenn McGrath, along with Sula Selections, launching two new wines from the Australian wine clan, Hardys. The exclusive evening at Ottimo Cucina Italiana saw the guest of honour interacting with serious wine connoisseurs. Meanwhile, Park Hyatt, in association with Gallery Veda, presented an unveiling of Seema Kohlia��s artwork, with actor Gautami doing the honours. The massive artwork, In Silence the Secrets Speak (acrylic and ink on canvas with 24k gold and silver leaf), was impressive to say the least, and the big reveal was followed by a poetry recital by the artiste herself, set to the backdrop of a contemporary dance piece.
Earlier this week, Amethyst was abuzz with style experts and fashion forward joining Rosella Stephen, editor of Indulge, for a lively discussion. Panellists Sunder Ramu (celebrity photographer), designer Vivek Karunakaran, actress Sriya Reddy and singer Tanvi Shah, decoded Chennaia��s sartorial sensibilities. The Madras Week lecture series saw both panellists and audience addressing topics like mediocrity, brand consciousness, self promotion and professionalism in the industry.
On the coast, a big chunk of the Chennai crowd were enjoying themselves at the Covelong Surf Fest, which has become an anticipated annual event. Along with the amazing talent on display out on the water, everyone on land participated in activities like slack line, where people showed off their balancing skills. Musical performances and an array of great food, the most popular being the local fried fish, kept the mood upbeat.
The week ended with Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush being announced the UN Womena��s Advocate for Gender Equality and Womena��s Empowerment in India. The event saw Lakshmi Puri, assistant secretary-general and deputy executive director UN Women, making the announcement, followed by a casual discussion on the subject, and the role men have to play. Aishwarya Dhanush also said a few words on the need to promote gender equality at the grassroots level.