Chennai was buzzing with activity this week, with multiple showcases, launches and visits from out of town guests. It began with a treat for the fashionistas — Tarun Tahiliani at Collage, with a specially curated collection. His visits to the city have become more frequent, which we’ve taken as a sign of good things to come. Among the women who showcased the Autumn-Winter line was Danijela Radonic Bhandari, looking radiant in a red concept sari. Meanwhile, across town, more bridal frenzy followed at Park Hyatt with The Wedding Fair 2014, presented by the The West Street Company. Gone are the days of simple, conventional wedding dos, with the event offering an elaborate selection — everything from grooming and gifts, to photography and courses on etiquette.
Also taking place this week and drawing all the A-listers was the inauguration of Sakura, a signature photo exhibition by Sharad Haksar. Doing the honours was Koji Sugiyama, consul general of Japan. The stunning series that explores the beauty of the cherry blossoms of Japan, reveals a nother side to the renowned photographer.
For those who weren’t too tired by then, the party continued with Indiearth at The Park. Solder performed first at the Lobby Stage with an amazing response from the crowd. The four-piece unit, with an eclectic coming together of musicians, gave the city a taste of something new. There were quite a few unfamiliar songs on the set list, but it didn’t seem to matter with the vocalist getting the audience to join in on the chorus. After the super entertaining first act, Dualist Enquiry took over at The Leather Bar, with the same crowd quickly adapting to the electronic beats. His fresh mix of live electronica kept the energy going late into the night. Meanwhile on the coast, the Rock Stock festival also saw a huge crowd enjoying the seven-band line up at Chariot Beach Resort. The list included big guns Avial, Thermal and a Quarter and Chennai’s very own Junkyard Groove. Fans comprised both locals and expats, all of whom didn’t seem to mind the long drive.
The week wound up with more celebrity appearances as the Covelong Point Surf and Music Fest was announced. Cricketer Jonty Rhodes, who also happens to be the ambassador for surfing in India, was here to meet with press and fans, as well as to hit the waves. The already excited audience was thrilled to learn that Milind Soman would also be coming on board this year.