Last Sunday at Dublin, Season 6 of the Kingfisher Ultra Performances was brought in by DJ Melissa Reeves. The concept, started a few years ago, is all about bringing together the best DJs and musicians in India, giving people the chance to experience the music differently. The list of artistes has grown over the years, including a lot of international talent, fusion and collaborations. DJ ‘Mel’, with her supermodel looks, was fun and charming and more than happy to chat with everyone. Set wise, she kept it straight and simple with RnB, hip hop and commercial house. It was a request-filled evening, both in terms of music and a string of admirers who wanted a picture with the pretty lady.
The weekend had Chennai’s music fans spoilt for choice, especially those in the mood for wholesome family entertainment. It was a trip down memory lane with MMA’s Over the Rainbow showcasing songs from popular musicals. I’m not ashamed to say that I grew up on a steady diet of musicals and Julie Andrews and know most of the songs by heart. And it turns out most of the audience fell into the same category. Conducted by Augustine Paul and choreographed by Amrita Fredrick, the show was spirited and high energy, bringing back happy memories for everyone. Instead of trying to mimic the original, the performers put their own stamp on things, a gamble that paid off.
On the other side of town, a big green ogre had the crowd in splits at The Hot Shoe Dance Company’s production of Shrek-The Musical. Beautiful sets, elaborate costumes, and the comical leads are what stood out for me. While the veterans did what was expected of them, pleasant surprises came in the form of a few youngsters who stole the show. Kudos to Jeffery Vardon, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and the rest of the team for doing it yet again.
While we continued to hum our favourite tunes the rest of the week, Chennai’s swish set was invited to the launch of Bagno, a designer tile boutique. The store promises to revolutionise interiors and had a stunning collection on display: from Egyptian and Modern art tiles, to ones with optical illusions, to designer glass liquid tiles that change pattern as you step on them. Guests got to look around and catch up, discussing plans for the festive season ahead.