Music took the spotlight this week, with surprisingly no fashion shows or star appearances. At the top of the list was an evening by the KM Music Conservatory, with their Sufi Qawwali Ensemble alongside the popular Javed Ali at Hilton. The singer is no stranger to Chennai, having worked closely with AR Rahman over the years, and at the concert, the audience got to experience snippets of pieces that have never been heard before. A quick chat with Ali reveals a man of few words, remaining humble despite all the praises heaped upon him. Adding a fun surprise to the show was Sivamani, ever the entertainer, who jumped up on stage for a quick performance with the team.
The rest of the week saw more music, with a change of pace as singer Naresh Iyer got the chance to catch up with his fans at Forum Vijaya Mall. The ‘chocolate boy’ usually has all the teeny boppers going crazy and this time was no different. The weekend saw more screaming and shouting with my musical journey also taking me to Moon & Sixpence at Hablis, to watch Chennai-based Skrat, perform. I barely got a glimpse of the band, given the huge crowd, and had to make do with listening to them, tucked away in the back, over the roar of their loyal fans. They had their audience fired up right through, and singing along.
Winding up the crazy weekend was the next edition of the Auto Rickshaw Challenge with the Tamil Nadu Run 2014. The 860 km challenge flagged off from Residency Towers with teams from all over the world excited about their journey across the South. Along the way, the participants will be making a difference, raising funds for projects of Round Table India. Meanwhile, at Museum Theatre, Egmore, Kerala-based rockers Thaikkudam Bridge had something for everyone in the audience, with their trademark mix of Malayalam tunes, English pop and a medley of Ilayaraja’s numbers. Given that tickets were sold out in no time, we hope they’ll be back soon.