The Madras Market returns, with 130 stalls, live music and a pet adoption drive
CHENNAI’S own fair, Madras Market, is back with its third edition. Apart from new and interesting vendors from Mumbai and Kochi, the market this time has an inter-college music festival and a pet adoption drive. Conceptualised and organised by Sarah Natasha of Full House Entertainment, Madras Market saw a crowd of around 12,000 people last year. “We are expecting more than 15,000 this year,” says Natasha, adding that, the two-day market on January 25 and 26 will see a blood donation camp “to capture an audience that wants to take part in a cause like this, but do not know where to go.” We spoke to three new vendors who will be a part of the market this year:
Trumpet by Meister
The fun label is by Kochi-based designer Vanessa Meister Varma, who went to art school in École cantonale d’art de Lausanne,
Switzerland and interned with Vivienne Westwood before launching her label. The designer, who specialises in western wear and bags of all kinds, is bringing her Goonda collection to town. “It includes printed T-shirts and shorts. The collection is tom-boyish and therefore no dresses and skirts,” Varma says. With colours like white, pink, yellow, red and green, Varma has used goonda (gangster) faces and big knives as motifs on shirts and shorts for women. Bags from Rs 300, shirts from Rs 400 onwards.
At the market, expect old-timers like Dawat-e Biryani for traditional Muslim biryani and newcomers like Dosa 360. Adoniya’s dessert jars and unusual jams from Martha’s Preserve are good takeaways, plus you will also find street food like ‘goli soda’.
The brand by Samiksha Borah, a student at Meenakshi Engineering College, has hair accessories, jewellery, brooches, belts and footwear with floral motifs. Borah usually uses a combination of “fabric and paper to make accessories.” She also makes Rajasthani jewellery. Priced from Rs 40 to Rs 2,500.
This bohemian label by Mumbai-based Mudita Gupta Thakurani is for women and children. “The clothes aren’t restrictive or structured,” she says, adding, “I use a lot of cotton and georgette.” Priced from Rs 750 to Rs 3,000.
Apart from the new stalls, there are favourites from previous editions—like jewellery by Taarisha, saris by Desi Fab (Jaya Devi) and Which Witch, western wear by Bianca and Varsha. Entertainment includes Live Banned, known for tracks inspired by pop culture, and Anthony Dasan, known for Tamil folk songs.
The Madras Market is at Wesley Grounds, Royapettah, on January 25 and 26 from 10 am to 11 pm. Details: 9884399133
— Sumitra Nair