M y weekend ended with some serious sporting royalty at the finale of the MRF Challenge 2016 on Sunday. A list that included Adrian Newey, Harrison Newey, Mick Schumacher (son of Michael Schumacher) and most importantly, Sachin Tendulkar. As you can imagine, the post-race dinner at the Hyatt Regency saw an enthusiastic audience, for more reasons than one. An exciting finish to the season, and what better than the presence of cricketing legend Tendulkar, who wasn’t just there to give out prizes, but spent a fair amount of time at the track earlier on in the day. After talking about his association with MRF, when asked to give the young sportsmen advice, he said, “I spun my car off the track, so I’m not sure what advice I can give them”, to much laughter from the audience. The self-admitted Formula 1 fan wished them all the best, after doing the honours and handing over their trophies. The podium saw, by the narrowest of margins, Harrison Newey in first place, Joey Mawson in second and Mick Schumacher in third.
Meanwhile, across town, a different kind of frenzy was underway at Sunburn, with the masses making their way to the coast to catch DJ Snake live in action. Opportunities such as these don’t present themselves often in Chennai, and judging by the volume of people at VGP, no one wanted to miss the chance. If you were lucky enough to find yourself in the VIP section, a great time was to be had. For the rest, it was more of a mosh pit vibe surrounded by teenyboppers, all of who didn’t seem to notice or mind. The music trail continued at Phoenix MarketCity, but with more of a family friendly feel, with the Global Isai music fest. Drawing a crowd as diverse at the artistes themselves, over the span of two days, the fest made for both great photo-ops and a one-of-a-kind musical experience.
Closing the week was an evening hosted by FICCI FLO, where they presented ‘How tolerant are we?’, a talk by Arnab Goswami. The audience saw prominent faces from across Chennai, and bubbly and small talk were replaced by thought-provoking discussion. It wasn’t all serious though, with the man of the hour showing us his softer side, patiently answering all the questions from the audience, on everything from his new channel to his unique style of presenting, eliciting more than a few laughs from the crowd.
Step into those dance shoes for some your hip-hop with DJ Khan-i.
Look forward to Rock & Retro Thursdays every week at Ink 303. Drink, dine, and go back in time. 8 pm onwards. Details: 30853616
At 1, GST, Le Royal Meridien on February 25. 8 pm onwards. Details: 9840968714
Perk up after a stressful week with DJ Vachan Chinnappa spinning at 365 AS, Hyatt Regency Chennai. February 25.
8 pm. Details: 61001234
Burn up the night
Remember that Maroon Five song Harder to Breathe? Well it
didn’t feature on DJ Snake’s playlist, but when you’re bumping heads or knees with over 7,000 people at Sunburn… let’s just say it was madness times seven. Other highlights were the neon-rimmed caps that added to the festival rush, a surprise Anirudh appearance and of course, that dramatic flag wave to end the night.
’Twas raining tunes at the Wandering Artist recently. And the set list covered everything from Manram Vantha… by Ilaiyaraaja to Yesterday by The Beatles. Who said Justin Bieber is all you hear anymore!
The sixth edition of Global Isai did not disappoint music enthusiasts who showed up in large numbers at Phoenix MarketCity. With musicians from as far as Mauritius and Réunion Island performing and a hip-hop dance off to boot —this was a blast all the way.
With all the star power that graced this showing of the Anirudh Musical Rum, we needed to blink a few times. Sanchita Shetty glammed up the evening with Hrishikesh not far behind.