It was a fairly uneventful weekend with both Friday the thirteenth and Valentine’s Day going by without too much fuss. It was also refreshing to see that the usual notions of romance were traded in for more fun ways to celebrate the special day. On Friday, the crowd headed to Q Bar at Hilton for the next edition of Hennessy Artistry, with celebrated Italian DJ and producer, Luigi Rocca. Rocca gave Chennai a taste of his signature beats, fusing elements of house and techno, and joining him was DJ Chubby, one of India’s best known pioneers in house music, along with simulated visual art created specially for the evening. Of course, the ‘global art of mixing’ meant that guests also sipped on the popular long-drinks and fruity flavoured cocktails, courtesy Hennessy.
Meanwhile, last week was also about music of various genres being celebrated across the city, right up to Pondicherry. First came 92.7 BIG FM’s third edition of the Big Tamil Melody Awards, honouring the best singers and musicians in the industry. In true Kollywood style, it saw high-energy performances, speeches, a little bit of reminiscing and big names. The music continued at Phoenix Market City, where the fourth Global Isai Festival saw 17 artistes performing different genres. There was Grammy-winner L Shenkar and his double-necked violin as well as songs in Reunion Creole, making converts of us all. Elsewhere, Shankar Mahadevan and friends made Shakti Foundation’s Gurusarana a big hit, as expected. Mahadevan launched into a few film numbers as well, and managed a long selfie session backstage with fans. Sunday ended on a high note at the Legacy Tasting by The Glenlivet. Organised at Prego, it had Glenlivet’s international ambassador, Alex Robertson, sharing notes on the fruity and nutty flavours and long finish of single malts, aged 12, 15, 18 and 21 years. This was his second visit to the city, yet he had more than enough new tales from around the world to share, from escaping civil unrest in Ukraine to being enlightened by Russian whisky afficionados. Having stopped in Chennai enroute to Hyderabad for this dinner, Robertson was all praise for Prego’s new chef and his four-course menu.