It’s great to see sports other than cricket in the limelight and this week we have reason to celebrate with Chennai girls Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa creating history. The first ever gold medal for India in squash, at the Commonwealth Games, and perhaps the wake-up call that everyone needed. While the sports enthusiasts watched the games unfold, we also enjoyed some musical talent this weekend.
IndiEarth at The Park kicked off the evening with Shakthisree Gopalan performing at the Lobby stage. The packed house saw a mixed crowd, from older fans of the singer to the usual concert regulars, including a few of the city’s popular musicians. It was a great set with Shakthi singing everything from The Beatles to Alicia Keys, as well as a couple of her own compositions. Supporting artists Michael Dias, KK Cherian and Tapas also deserve a mention, doing a fantastic job. This performance was followed by solo act Sapta at The Leather Bar, taking us in a whole other direction. Chennai-born Paris based Marti Bharath of Sapta created spontaneous electronic beats and described his sound as ‘music that stands on an electronic base, blending western sounds with an Indian-oriental touch’.
During the week, Danijella Bhandari, wife of Ranvir Bhandari, general manager, ITC Grand Chola, invited a few guests to experience Dehlavi cuisine with a special menu put together by award winning chef Manisha Bhasin. The group of ladies slowly worked their way through an array of dishes, that they soon found out have a lot of historic significance. Chef Manisha, a fan of the South, is happy to be back in Chennai. The guests included Vimmi Deepak, Rachna Kumar, Nidhi Goenka, Geetanjali and Sulakshana.
Meanwhile, at Vivanta by Taj — Connemara, the talented Kalyan Ray shared his literary journey and his book, No Country, a family drama that crosses continents and time. A reading by Ray’s wife, actor-director Aparna Sen, completed the picture. And on Saturday evening, the Chettiar community marked their attendance at ITC Sheraton Park, where Meyyammai Murugappan and Visalakshi Ramaswamy launched their Chettinad Cookbook, which is packed with simple recipes. Believe me, this book’s a keeper.