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    As is tradition, the rains came down just as Diwali fever was at an all time high. The party animals took the opportunity to prove that they were up for the task and nothing would stand in their way. Sunburn Reload looked like it would be the first to fall to the downpour, but in a surprising turn of events, a huge crowd of loyalists landed up on the East Coast. A massive stage, LED walls, along with state-of-the-art audio, ensured that their efforts were not in vain. The headlining act was Dutch DJ R3hab, who I learnt is one of the proponents of the modern Dutch House sub genre. The crowd was all warmed up by the time he took the stage, not too bothered by the light drizzle.

    Also returning for its next instalment this weekend was The Hennessy Artistry Club Series at Q Bar, Hilton. This time it was celebrated artist David ‘Davi’ Khanjian with his unique groove along with Blank, making for a one-of-a-kind sound. Rounding off the experience were the signature long drinks where guests were encouraged to sample fine spirits with ginger ale, cranberry and a dash of cola. There was a huge expat crowd, most of whom were first timers to India, looking forward to the festivities of the week ahead.

    Meanwhile at the Taj Coromandel, theatre buffs were enjoying Faulty Towers at an interactive sit down dinner, with Chennai being the last stop on its successful run in India. Inspired by the 1970s sitcom, the play makes you a part of the world’s ‘best loved bad hotel’ and its eccentric staff. Right from the first course, guests are included in the madness, with their orders being misunderstood, followed by them having to hunt for the chef’s dentures in their soup. The gags continued throughout, with a lot of improvisation by a very talented cast. It was great to see our Chennai audience getting involved, quickly overcoming their initial shock at being right in the centre of the performance.

    —paloma@newindianexpress.com

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