Chennai played host to the opening ceremony of season two of the Indian Super League this weekend, with a show that covered a cross section of fans. In the usual sports-meets-entertainment format, the evening saw everything from song-and-dance routines to crazy pyro displays. No surprise then that there were lots of silver screen biggies — the entire Bachchan clan making their presence felt, along with Rajinikanth and Sachin Tendulkar, ensuring that all bases were covered. The mega ceremony then gave way to the first match (to the relief of the hard core football fans), between the home team and Atletico De Kolkata.
We also indulged in the Oktoberfest offerings across the city, with popular watering holes serving up a selection of brews from the Fatherland along with traditional Bavarian delicacies. At Hyatt Regency’s 365 AS, the lounge bar wore a whole new look, keeping with the theme, along with interactive stations. Highlights were the wiener schnitzel, German-style beer batter fish and bratwurst served with spicy mustard. And for those who had room, traditional sweet treats as well. At The Leather Bar, it was a ‘snackier’ feel, with onion rings, potato pancakes and spiced meatballs accompanying your favourite brews.
Gallery Veda announced Dakshinapatha — a Southern Odyssey, showcasing historic works from the Colonial era. The collection includes close to 200 carefully curated works of medieval southern India, seen exclusively through European eyes, which were beautifully explained by auctioneer Angira Arya, in his inimitable style. He brought out everything from their historical relevance to the idiosyncrasies, along with how they’re a great record of events as they occurred.
This weekend also witnessed the launch of H&M in New Delhi. The Swedish brand was launched with much fanfare at the Select CityWalk mall in the capital. In attendance were celebrities like Lisa Haydon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Pernia Qureshi and Ranveer Singh. And according to news reports, the brand recorded sales of over Rs 1.75 crore just on day one. Now that’s what we call opening with a bang.