Chennai made full use of the long weekend, getting to spend time with friends and family while indulging in a little festive madness. Partiers have become experts in the fine art of balancing it all. In the midst of stuffing our faces and enjoying home-cooked food, we also saw a series of launches, parties and big names. It started with automobiles, at the launch of the Audi A3 Cabriolet, with young racer Aditya Patel doing the honours. Along with the usual amount of flash, an air of romance was introduced into the proceedings. Following quickly after was the all new Datsun Go Plus, a compact family wagon, launched by Guillame Sicard, the head of India operations – Nissan. Instead of going the celebrity route, the new car was introduced through a dance-based story, performed by the Terrence Lewis Company. That, along with the rather competitive pricing, managed to get our attention.
Saturday saw multiple events with Bally’s Entertainment Sri Lanka hosting an evening at the ITC Grand Chola. The well known brand hoped to give Chennai a taste of ‘the finer life’ and tonnes of reasons to draw us to their popular casino in Colombo. A fashion show by Aslam Khan saw a mix of his trademark pieces from the past few seasons, interspersed with exotic dancers in carnival mode. The big draw, of course, was the cash prizes, where lucky winners got to take home rather generous vouchers, redeemable at Bally’s, along with all expense paid holidays to Sri Lanka. Meanwhile at The Park, R M Jewellers showcased their latest collection with a fashion show at Aqua. The sequences were kept simple, with the focus on the jewellery. Models held poses like mannequins in a showcase giving all the ladies the chance to get a good look. Chunky temple jewellery gave way to diamonds, encrusted with rubies and emeralds. Post the show and the photo sessions, the fun continued, with the crowd staying on for the after party.
The weekend ended with the inauguration of Moksh, a specially-curated exhibition at Gallery Veda. Artists Sachin Jaltare, Srikanth Kurva, Saraswati and Ramesh Gorjala, presented an interesting dynamic, with splashes of colour and beautiful forms in their interpretation of spirituality. It was a mixed crowd that attended, many of whom were looking for special pieces for their homes.