We called and the ladies of Chennai answered. With the auditions on 1st March, Purple Awards is awaiting the finale on 8th March. Starting with the warmups in the Fitness round, the contestants then went for the Food round and showed off their culinary skills after a demonstration by our chefs on how to make pesto pasta and mocktails. The auditions ended with the ladies walking the ramp for the judges with their attire from H&M and hair by Dyson. Here is a glimpse of all that entailed. Lifestyle Stores | VERO MODA | #ONLYIndia | M·A·C Cosmetics | Kryolan India Marks and Spencer | Steve Madden India | BlueStone | CaratLane: A Tanishq Partnership| Zimson Watches | Swarovski
Basement Art Project | MAG 2020
Witness how the walls of our basement got transformed into a canvas of creativity, art, expression and sustainability.
This year, Upasana Asrani, SS Karthik, Mohan Babu, and Lotuz Head participated in the Basement Art Project, a true embodiment of the philosophy of Madras Art Guild that carries art out of the cozy confines of a gallery and displays it in the most public of spaces; all to elicit a reaction from the onlooker. Next time you visit VR Chennai, take a moment to experience this art.
Art Cinema by Gita Hudson at MAG 2020
Here is painter and documentary filmmaker Gita Hudson, talking about her documentaries that will be screened under the #ArtCinema event at #MadrasArtGuild2020.
The famed artist regards film-making as an extension of fine arts and has documented famed contemporary Indian and international artists, senior artists of the Madras Art Movement and the next generation of artists.
Head to #VRChennai to catch her #MAG2020 special art documentaries on painters and sculptors who defined the Madras Art Movement from the 1960s to now, on the 22nd of February, from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Childrens Art Competition
#MadrasArtGuild2020, in association with #MurugappaGroup and #GlobalArt, conducted the Children's Art Competition, with the intention of allowing children to explore their individuality. Over 500 children from across the city participated in the competition, with excited support from their doting parents and guardians.
#VRChennai signed off the evening with a prize distribution ceremony that celebrated the winners and the participants.
Here is a glimpse of the children painting the town red!
Head to VR Chennai till the 23rd of February to be a part of #MAG2020.
Wearable Art Fashion Show by NIFT Chennai at Madras Art Guild 2020
The 2nd edition of #MadrasArtGuild presented the #WearableArt #FashionShow that shed light on fashion that seamlessly blends with "trenditional" Chennai.
The show was split into 3 sequences, with unconventional designs by the students of NIFT Chennai, with concepts such as pop, current affairs and nature.
Here is a piece of what went down during the show!
Head to #VRChennai to catch the designs on the #MannequinDisplay, till the 23rd of February.
MAG 2020 Fine Art Room at VR Chennai
The second edition of #MadrasArtGuild, in collaboration with the International Foundation for the Arts and Gallery Veda, brings to you The Fine Art Room that hosts abstract to intrinsically detailed, thought-provoking artworks by some of the most celebrated contemporary artists of the country - Benitha Perciyal, Seema Kohli, Parvathi Nayar, Yuvan Bothysathuvar, Tapasya Gupta, Vijayalakshmi Veerappan, Michael Wegener, Shirin Watwani, P. Suresh Kumar, Yuvraj Velu, Shiffali Wadhwan, Kaveri Zachariah, M. Karthik S.S., Niloufer Seth Siddharth and Upasana Asrani.
Head to VR Chennai to imbibe some artistic expression!
Artist Profile: Karthik S.S. for Madras Art Guild 2020.
Artist Karthik S. S. has dual contributions to make at #MadrasArtGuild2020 that embody this year's theme of #Sustainability perfectly: the eye-catching “Water bARTle” installation on the ground floor of #VRChennai, and the interestingly intricate “Circle Circus” artwork displayed in the #FineArtRoom. Here's Karthik speaking about his work and the inspiration behind it.
Come over to VR Chennai with your loved ones and experience this eclectic show of aesthetics at the 2nd edition of #MadrasArtGuild until the 23rd of February.
Parvathi Nayar at Fine Art Room, MAG 2020
Her work is intricately detailed and vividly composed with elements that constitute energy! Celebrated artist Parvathi Nayar’s work of art at MadrasArtGuild2020 is akin to an ode to sustainable, clean, energy.
Hear the artist speak about her work here.And don’t miss out, come and visit this wondrous art festival at VRChennai and experience the power of art.
Unveiling of Art Car by Gita Hudson at MAG 2020
The second edition of MadrasArtGuild brings to you the VRArtCar, re-imagined and painted by artist and filmmaker Gita Hudson.
The 24th of January saw the unveiling of this tastefully painted sustainability-themed art car by Mrs. Karin Stoll, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai.
Make MAG2020 a part of your plans till the 23rd of February to celebrate art with Chennai.
Chennai Photo Biennale with MAG 2020
MadrasArtGuild2020 is beyond happy to present an exhibition that stands for change and conversation through the novel cause of Sustainability.
ChennaiPhotoBiennale is showcasing unique work of students who were a part of the CPB Residential PhotoCamp. Catch a glimpse of all that went on BehindTheScenes at the Residential Photo Camp.
Come join us at MAG2020 and see how Chennai is getting affected by climate change through the eyes of the little shutterbugs, till the 23rd of February, at VRChennai.
NIFT Installation at MAG 2020
Blending together fashion with the rich heritage and culture of Chennai, this "trenditional" thematic art installation by NiftChennai, the Sewing Machine, is on display at VRChennai for the entire duration of MadrasArtGuild2020.
Come join us at MAG2020 and be part of artful, thought-provoking experiences, till the 23rd of February.
Sridhar Amanchi from NIFT Chennai on Madras Art Guild 2020
Here is professor and designer, Sridhar Amanchy from NIFT Chennai, giving you a quick glimpse of all that is about to unfold during the Wearable Art fashion show on January 24th, 2020.
Head to VR Chennai from the 24th of January to the 23rd of February to witness unique, sustainability-themed art! Watch this space for more updates and details on MadrasArtGuild2020.
Shop Big Win Big Winners Felicitation Ceremony at VR Chennai
The Biggest Festive Shopping campaign - VRC Dlight ended with a bang and a HUGE list of Shop Big Win Big winners! The winners were felicitated at VR Chennai on 6th November and the celebratory evening also included a scintillating performance by Pranetra.
Santa Parade at VR Chennai (25th December, 2019)
You wanted him here... And he came all the way from the north pole to our South. Singing, dancing and celebrating with the kids and adults in his usual element. Gifting christmas chocolates, goodies and some really lucky ones got special letters, helping them redeem big on holiday shopping! Here's a sneak peek of all the fun that unfolded on 25th Dec.
Kartik Fine Arts | Sudha Vijayakumar Group | Mukku Ajay Rathna and Party (15th December, 2019)
The 15th of December featured lively performances by Sudha Vijayakumar’s group and Mukku Ajay Rathinam. The group dance by Sudha Vijayakumar harnessed the spirit of Dravidian art while Mukku Ajay Rathna gave a vibrant Mandolin performance. The performances were a part of the 45th anniversary of Kartik Fine Arts celebrated via the Margazhi festival. We present to you glimpses of the same.
Kartik Fine Arts | Group dance by Archana Nagesh | Anahita and Apoorva. (8th December, 2019)
The 8th of December saw two spectacular performances that managed to make our audience swoon. The group dance by Archana Nagesh was as skillful as it was splendorous and the musical performance by sisters Anahita and Apoorva filled our hearts with love for everything Carnatic. The performances were a part of the 45th anniversary of Kartik Fine Arts celebrated via the Margazhi festival. We present to you glimpses of the same.
Kartik Fine Arts | Theatre Marina's "Vande Mataram Enbom" | Archana & Arathi. (7th December, 2019)
The 7th of December saw two wondrous performances that were poles apart but evoked the same spirited emotion from our audience. Theatre Marina’s ‘Vande Mataram Enbom’, directed by Karthik Mohan has four monologues of freedom fighters. Twin sisters Archana and Aarathi took our excited audience on a musical ride like no other. The performances were a part of the 45th anniversary of Kartik Fine Arts celebrated during the Margazhi festival. We present to you glimpses of the same.
Agam Live at VR Chennai (December 2019)
It was a night we were all looking forward to. It was a night that exceeded all our expectations. It was spell-binding. It was Agam The Band ! With deepest gratitude, we thank everyone who came, witnessed and was bowled over by the sheer mystical experience. Let's all vicariously relive the night with some throwback pictures.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at VR Chennai ( 2nd December, 2019)
We spread light, love and laughter this Christmas, by welcoming the Christmas season with a magical tree lighting ceremony on December 2nd, where 30 kids from World Vision lit our Christmas tree, sang some carols with us, spent some time with Santa and had a jolly good time! Here is a throwback for you to see the memories made on the beautiful day with us and hold on to it, until next Christmas!
Kartik Fine Arts | Performance by G. Abhilash and Party. (1st December, 2019)
G. Abhilash, who was awarded the title Yuva Kalabharathi by Bharath Kalachar and title of Kalai Ilamani by the State Government, graced the Kalki Theatre on the 1st of December, 2019. Along with Kishore Ramesh on the Mridangam and others, they served the audience an awe-inspiring experience. The performance was a part of the 45th anniversary of Kartik Fine Arts celebrated during the Margazhi festival. We present to you a glimpse of the same.
Karthik Fine Arts 2019 - Curtain Raiser (27th November, 2019)
Here is a throwback video from the curtain raiser of the 45th edition of the Kartik Fine Arts festival. The Margazhi Festival is a month long musical celebration with melodious performances that instill a magical feeling within. Unveiled at Kalki Theatre, it was attended by Mr Rajagopal Sekar (Secretary KFA), Mr KM Narasimhan (President KFA), Ms Priya Murle (Natya Darshan - Dance Conference Convener) and Ms Sumi Gupta. This was followed by a special concert by veena maestro Venkatramani, along with Aduthurai Guruprasad on mridangam.
WOAP Weekender 2019 at VR Chennai
On 10th November, VR Chennai hosted the biggest gourmet festival – World On A Plate Weekender. The culinary extravaganza had the city's best restaurants competing for People's Choice Restaurant of the Year. The event proved to be the gastronomical fiesta of the year with Celebrity Chefs, masterclasses, cook-offs and a HUGE participation from Chennaiites. Here are a few highlights out of all that fun.
Dandiya Raas at VR Chennai - October 05, 2019
We couldn’t wait to show this to you! Looking gorgeous in traditional wear, the dance floor at VR Chennai sparkled and broke into soaring celebrations with some fine festive moves. Thank you for turning up! We are proud to have brought the best of the cherished Navratri tradition to the centre, this year. Revisit the evening, and for those who couldn’t make it, take a look, and we hope you would join us next time, at the Ultimate Entertainment Destination in Chennai.
My Chennai. My VR. - A VR Weekends Special - September 29, 2019
Music, dance, celebrations and charity. It was a special evening indeed on September 29 2019, a wonderful edition of VR Weekends, with a fantastic live performance by the ever scintillating Vinaita Sivakumar, and even a special impromptu dance performance by one particular audience member. Stalwarts of every kind were present to grace the occasion, including renowned activist Apsara Reddy, and K-town celebs Oviya Helen, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, & Kiki Vijay. The My Chennai My VR Selfie Contest was launched, with shoppers showing off their selfie skills while on their shopping journey at VR Chennai. Take a look!
The Soloists Live in Concert - September 28, 2019
A blissful evening of captivating sounds and serenity, the inexplicable talent of the Soloists was bare for all to see, with some hauntingly beautiful music keeping audiences and shoppers in an aural trance. Here’s a little sneak peek at that magical evening on September 28, 2019.
Global Village Cultural Fest at VR Chennai - September 1, 2019
Bratwursts from Germany, and pulsating rhythms straight from the Congo coasts, it was an evening of international celebrations at VRChennai, filled with riveting music, mouth-watering food, exciting dance programs and a whole lot of fun, as the international interns from all around town came together to deliver a spectacular show, proudly brandishing their respective countries’ culture and traditions. Shoppers were enthralled by some amazing performances and spent an evening partying and rubbing shoulders with people from all over the world, with plenty of love, laughter, and good vibes to go around. Take a look!
My Ganesha Chathurthi Workshop at VR Chennai - September 1, 2019
Parents and children alike got to embrace a bit of their artistic side with a special Ganesha Making workshop on the 1st of September. Curious shoppers looked on as renowned local artists showed participants the ropes to creating their own adorable little Ganesha idols, made completely out of natural and eco-friendly ingredients. Participants were not only delighted to be creating something meaningful but also were excited to take their new ‘masterpiece’ home to showcase their new artwork and also to spread the season’s joy and blessings to everyone in the family. It was a truly wonderful evening at VR Chennai indeed.
Oorka Band Live - VR Weekends - August 25, 2019
The stage was set ablaze by Oorka at VR Chennai on the 25th of August, with their special VR Weekends performance. The dynamic Tamil Rock stars delivered a riveting experience with some of their most popular hits, charging up the spirits of the already excited gathering, all night.
VR Chennai Wedding Expo 2019 - August 15 to 18, 2019
Four days of Wedding Expo saw VR Chennai turn into a haven for every wedding shopping need. Special expert masterclasses on wedding diets, bridal makeup, skincare and a one-of-a-kind fashion show brought smiles to shoppers faces as they picked up a few tips to look their best for their special day. Shoppers were also in awe with the numerous stalls spread across the centre, filled with wedding apparel and accessories, fragrances and much more in store. Have a little look at how this matrimony-magic unravelled at VR Chennai, from 15th to 18th August.
Beauty Blowout at VR Chennai - August 3 & 4, 2019
All the best cosmetic brands one after the other, all under one roof. Shoppers enjoyed a weekend of makeup madness as the Beauty Blowout saw the latest and widest range of #cosmetics displayed in all their matte and glossy glory. Shoppers were delighted to indulge in some special live demonstrations along with some expert workshops, in what turned out to be a weekend on fleek at VR Chennai. Check it out!
Masterclass With Pooja Dhingra - July 28, 2019
The Baking Queen, Pooja Dhingra, left the crowd longing for more as she shared her expert baking tips and secrets while preparing her much-cherished Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Bites, at the exclusive Master class hosted by VR Chennai, on the evening of July 28. The pro pâtissier answered several baking-queries, and even took pictures with the excited participants. Have a look!
Raiza Wilson The Style Icon of Pantaloons - July 27, 2019
Here’s the video of the gorgeous Raiza Wilson, who was at VR Chennai on the 27th of July to promote the Pantaloons - Style Icon event. The actress, who shot to fame with Pyaar Prema Kaadhal, shared some of her fashion-secrets, and also delighted a lucky few who got to take selfies with her!
Longines Launch by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - July 24, 2019
A week ago, hundreds of admirers thronged the aisles with hopes of getting a glimpse of the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who visited VR Chennai for the first time to inaugurate the new Longines Boutique at the centre. Jaws dropped and hearts were stolen as the treasured icon of Indian Cinema graced the event. Here’s a quick look.
Guinness World Record on July 13, 2019
The stunning Hansika Motwani set off the longest fragrance-chain as Bath & Body Works India clinched their first global Guinness World Records title for "Most participants in a perfume application relay", at VR Chennai on the 13th of July. Here's a quick video of the successful attempt. Take a look!
Tissot Launch by Deepika Padukone - June 24, 2019
VR Chennai was delighted to have Bollywood superstar and Tissot brand ambassador Deepika Padukone inaugurate the Tissot Exclusive Boutique on June 24. Ardent fans got a chance to meet the actress in person and even got some of their questions answered, as shoppers flocked to any vantage point they could find to get a glimpse. Here’s a quick look at the wonderful evening.
Hakuna Matata - A Jungle Mania - June 1&2, 2019
The centre turned into a veritable jungle safari at Hakuna Matata - A Jungle Mania, with exciting wildlife-themed games and activities for kids of all ages. From a tricky obstacle course to art competitions, a brain-tickling quiz with Mr. Ape, tribal dance, and much more, the two-day event was a great opportunity for families to spend some quality time together.
Culinary Masterclass - VR Foodies Fest - May 17, 2019
The ten-day long VR Foodies fest was a gastronomic treat for all the city’s food lovers. It gave foodies an opportunity to enjoy the finest local, national and international flavours, along with specially curated menus, discounts of up to 50% and more. As part of the festival, renowned celebrity Chef Payal Rajankar of The Gourmet Gig conducted a culinary masterclass where our patrons could learn tips, tricks and unique summer-themed recipes from the masterchef.
Momnificient 2019 - May 15, 2019
VR Chennai, in association with The Hindu Group and RKG Ghee, celebrated the spirit of motherhood with a series of events specially curated for mothers. From an exciting treasure hunt to a fashion show, cooking contest and drawing competition for kids, there was a lot to enjoy at Momnificent 2019.
The Launch of Daniel Wellington - 15.05.2019
The super-talented Indian squash ace, Dipika Pallikal was at VR Chennai to launch the new classic ring collection by Daniel Wellington. Hundreds of sports and fashion lovers from across the city thronged the centre for the event. One lucky winner who participated in our special social media contest also got an opportunity to interact with Dipika during the launch
Mr. Vasanth Kumar on the VR Art Programmes
“(Shopping Centres) are not just about shopping. It’s beyond that, with entertainment and education too. “ Watch Mr. Vasanth Kumar, MD, Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd. talk about the impact of the VR Art Programmes in a changing retail landscape.
T20 Live - May 7-12, 2019
As the T20 cricket season reached its thrilling climax, the centre gave our patrons a chance to catch all the big matches, from the playoffs to the finals on a large screen in a stadium-like atmosphere. Viewers got a chance to have some mouth-watering food, participate in exciting games, win great gifts, and of course, watch some exciting cricket.
12 Years of Chutti - 28.04.2019
The premier kids entertainment channel in Tamil Nadu, Chutti TV celebrated its 12-year anniversary at VR Chennai on April 28 with a number of exciting games and activities for children of all ages. The characters from the highly-rated show Varutha Padadha Kutty Karadi Sangam were at the centre to entertain the young ones, along with special hosts Sastika, Niketan and Rakesh.
Culinary Date with Ranveer Brar - April 27, 2019
Celebrity Master Chef Ranveer Brar was at VR Chennai for a “culinary date” organised by Home Centre. Patrons got to interact with him, learn new recipes, and win some exciting prizes along the way. Winners of the online contest held as part of the event got to work with him as his sous chef for the day.
Big Sam Live - VR Weekends - April 27, 2019
The music of Big Sam is about reinstating a certain memory, revisiting an event or reliving an emotion, hoping that someday it will become a story that others can relate to. it was a special evening of music on April 27 when the city-based music group performed live at VR Chennai.
Therukoothu Live - Tamil New Year Special VR Weekends - April 13, 2019
The Chennai-based group Theatre Akku captivated the crowd with a Therukoothu performance of the play “Adavu”, as part of the Tamil New Year celebrations at VR Chennai. Art lovers flocked to the centre from different parts of the city to watch the live show of one of the oldest Tamil art forms.
Saree Bazaar - Tamil New Year Special - April 4-7, 2019
Craftspeople from across the country set up their stalls at the Tamil New Year special Saree Bazaar at VR Chennai between April 4 & 7. Shoppers at the centre got a chance to browse through and buy traditionally crafted sarees and other handcrafted accessories over this three-day period.
Marks and Spencer Launch at VR Chennai - 26 March 2019
The iconic British fashion brand Marks & Spencer opened its 75th store in India at VRChennai to much fanfare. The chief guest for the grand launch was the renowned Bollywood and Kollywood actor Shruthi Haasan.
PUBG Tournament - 16 & 17 March 2019
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online battle royale game where 100 players go up against each other, with victory going to the last person or squad standing. In March, VR Chennai was the venue for one of the largest PUBG tournaments in Chennai and saw participation from hundreds of gamers from across the city. Here’s a sneak peek into the event.
VR Chennai Treasure Hunt - 10 March 2019
The Treasure Hunt held on March 10, in association with the Kaching! app, was an exciting event. Many teams raced against time to solve a set of 15 clues to win prizes worth over Rs. 1 Lakh. Top 50 teams will win big prizes, and top 5 will win the biggest prizes!
Table Tennis Super League Season 2 - 22.02.19 to 24.02.19
Top players from across Tamil Nadu converged at Swargamandapam in VR Chennai, as part of Season 2 of the Tamil Nadu Table Tennis Super League, to show off their talent while representing their respective franchises. Eight teams with players from various age groups battled it out against each other in an effort to be crowned the best. The finals were held in the presence of chief guests Miss India Tamil Nadu 2017 Sherlin Seth and 8-time National Table Tennis Champion Sharath Kamal, and the Mighty Warriors walked away with the trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
My Little Pony - 22 and 23 December, 2018
Over the holiday season, #VRChennai hosted a special #MyLittlePony event in association with #Hasbro. The young visitors to the Centre got a chance to interact with #PinkiePie and participate in a number of My Little Pony themed events games and activities, including a special children’s art hour, carpet games, treasure hunt, and much more. All participants also got special gifts from #FunCity, #Hamleys and #GAPKids.
Santa Parade - Holiday Splendour - 25.12.2018
Santa and his team of merry elves visited #VRChennai with a special parade of jugglers, magicians, and more, on Christmas Day. The #HolidaySplendour special Santa Parade gave shoppers a unique opportunity to interact with Father Christmas himself and have a #jolly good time.
Preethi Ramaprasad Live - Margazhi Special VR Weekends - 05.01.19
The culmination of the Margazhi season was celebrated at VR Chennai with a special Bharatnatyam performance by Preethi Ramaprasad. VRWeekends is among the most looked-forward-to cultural events in the city, and this Margazhi Special edition held at Madras Circle was well-attended by art lovers from Anna Nagar and beyond.
Pongal Celebrations with Shakthisree Gopalan - 15.01.19
The Pongal Celebrations at VR Chennai also coincided with the Madras Art Guild 2019, a celebration of art from Chennai and beyond. As part of the event, the Pongal live-art installation, created by students from the Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam, was unveiled by the famous vocalist Shakthisree Gopalan. This was followed by live performances of #traditional #tamil art forms such as Poikal Kuthirai, Mayilattam & Maadu Aatam.
VR Art Car - Madras Art Guild 2019
The VR Art Car has been an integral part of all public art festivals organised by the VR Art Programmes since its inception in 2013. In line with the art at the Madras Art Guild, the MAG Art Car has also be crafted to capture the culture and ethos of Chennai. The legendary Ambassador was chosen for its historical association with the city which was once its home. Painted by M. Senathipathi, President of Cholamandal Artists’ Village, this particular art piece is set to be one of the VR Art Programmes’ cherished possessions.
VR Art Programmes - Countdown to Madras Art Guild 2019
The VR Art Programmes, established in 2013, has enriched the cultural calendar of several Indian cities. Held in collaboration with eminent artists and renowned institutions. These #art initiatives namely Dumas Art Project (est. 2013), Whitefield Art Collective (est. 2016) and Punjab Art Initiative (est. 2017) are deeply rooted in the ethos of their respective cities.
The Madras Art Guild the latest edition to this pan India programme is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary art festival that aims to reinforce Chennai’s position as one of India’s premier art and culture destinations
Whitefield Art Collective - Countdown to Madras Art Guild 2019
The Whitefield Art Collective (WAC) (Est. 2016) at VR Bengaluru is one of the largest community art festivals in Bengaluru. An initiative by the VR Art Programmes, the multi-disciplinary art initiative is known for giving a wide platform for emerging artists from the city and beyond.
At the inaugural edition of the #MadrasArtGuild, starting on January 10 at VR Chennai, you will be able to explore murals, sculptures and other art installations by some of the finest up-and-coming artists from Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu.
Punjab Art Initiative - Countdown to Madras Art Guild 2019
The Punjab Art Initiative (Estd. 2017) at VR Punjab, is the largest community art festival in the state. Organised by the VR Art Programmes, it features a wonderful collection of FineArt, Installations and more by some of the most promising and prominent artists from across India. It also provides a platform for art students from Punjab and beyond to showcase their Art.
The inaugural edition of the Madras Art Guild, starting January 10 at VR Chennai, also gives students from art colleges in and around Chennai, an opportunity to bring their art to a larger audience.
Dumas Art Project - Countdown to Madras Art Guild 2019
The Dumas Art Project (Est. 2013), VR Surat was the first VR Art Programmes. A reflection of Virtuous Retail's philosophy of Connecting Communities, it has been a celebration of the #art and culture of the magnificent city of Surat and has become a highlight in the city’s social calendar.
Starting on January 10, the Madras Art Guild 2019 at VR Chennai is the latest addition to the list of VR Art Programmes and aims to encourage creative explorations that express Chennai’s spirit and aesthetic.
Art Cinema - Madras Art Guild - 9 February 2019
Movie lovers from across Chennai converged at VR Chennai for a special ArtCinema showcase of the critically acclaimed film Pollock. The screening was as part of the MadrasArtGuild2019 at TheHive.
Art Bazaar - Madras Art Guild - 2 & 3 February 2019
The MAG Art Bazaar, held as part of the Madras Art Guild at VRChennai, gave our patrons a special opportunity to shop for products crafted by artisans from across India. From traditional Tanjore paintings to Chettinad woven baskets, toys from Channapatna and more, along with unique creations by some of the city’s finest artists, the Bazaar had something for everyone to indulge in.
Children's Art Competition - Madras Art Guild - 26 & 27 January 2019
The 2-day long Madras Art Guild 2019 Childrens Art Competition, held in association with GlobalArt, saw participation from hundreds of talented youngsters from all over the city. Kids from the ages of 4-13 showcased their view of "My Chennai" by way of their art. The best entries were also given special awards at the end of each day.
Madras Art Guild Launch - 10.01.2019
The inaugural edition of the Madras Art Guild was launched on January 10 in the presence of Grammy-nominated musician Mandolin Rajesh, renowned art director Padma Shri Dr. Thota Tharani, M. Senathipathi, senior artist and president of Cholamandal Artists’ Village, along with cultural ambassadors and key members of Chennai’s art community. The evening commenced with an interesting panel discussion on “The Changing Landscape of Public Art”. The eminent panellists included photographer and founder of the Chennai Photo Biennale, Varun Gupta, senior artists Murali Cheeroth, Parvathi Nayar and Rahool Saksena, and fashion designer and founder of Brass Tacks, Anaka Narayanan. The panel was moderated by Sumi Gupta, Curator, VR Art Programmes. A specially-choreographed bharatnatyam performance by Rukmini Vijayakumar and the unveiling of the VR Art Car 2019 followed. The art festival, until 11th February, is showcasing over 60 installations and 50 works of fine art by established and emerging artists. It also features an impressive line-up of events such as an Art Competition for children in association with Global Art, an Art Bazaar that is bringing together artisans from across India and Art Cinema – a special screening of the critically acclaimed movie “Pollock”.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - 25.11.2018
The Holiday Season kicked off with a tree-lighting ceremony at Swargamandapam. The lights of the magnificent 50-foot tree was turned on by students from Suyam Charitable Trust and Siragu Montessori School.
Margazhi Event Curtain Raiser - 24.11.18
The Art Festival by Kartik Fine Arts is an annual event held during the Margazhi month of the Tamil calendar. A celebration of the art and culture of South India, this 35-day festival attracts renowned musicians and performers from across the region. VR Chennai is the main sponsor for this year's art festival and hosted a special curtain raiser which was attended by stalwarts like Sri. L Sabaretnam and Sri. K M Narasimhan. The Association also announced their annual awards and the winners were felicitated at the event. This was followed by a Bharatnatyam recital by 'Natya Chudar' Akila Subramanium. The 44th Year Art Festival by Kartik Fine Arts will be held from December 1 - January 5 at the Narada Gana Sabha and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Chennai.
Arctic Exploration with Lego City - 16.11.18 to 18.11.18
The international toy brand, LEGO, known for their distinctive building blocks, held their "Arctic Explorer" event, as part of our Children's Day celebrations. A large play-area was set up at Swargamandapam and children were encouraged to unleash their creativity. During the 3-day event, the Centre reverberated with the giggles of the excited young ones. All participants also got vouchers from our retail partners Hamleys, Fun City and GAP Kids, adding to their joy.
Children's Fashion Weekend Day 2 - 11.11.2018
As part of the Children's Day celebrations, VR Chennai hosted a special Children's Fashion Weekend on November 10th and 11th. The two-day event showcased the latest trends in kids' fashion and was curated by seven of the finest brands in the country, including Lifestyle, Pantaloons, Trends, and more. Here's a look at Day 2 of the event.
Children's Fashion Weekend Day 1, 10.11.2018
As part of the Children's Day celebrations, VR Chennai hosted a special Children's Fashion Weekend on November 10th and 11th. The two-day event showcased the latest trends in kids' fashion and was curated by seven of the finest brands in the country, including Lifestyle, Pantaloons, Trends, and more. Here's a look at Day 1 of the event.
Kathak Performance Live at VR Weekends, 28.10.18
A team of artistes from the Athma Academy of Dance in Chennai put on a wonderful performance of the classical Indian dance form, Kathak, in Swargamandapam at VR Chennai. Here is a glimpse into the spectacular VR Weekends performance from 28 October, 2018.
Orlando & Medium Rare Band at VR Weekends, 27.10.2018
The versatile musical talents of Orlando and the Medium Rare Band were on full display during their VR Weekends performance on Saturday, October 27. The band regaled visitors to VR Chennai during a musical evening where they performed retro, western hits across a variety of genres, from classic rock to reggae, jazz, pop, disco and blues.
Bharatnatyam Flash Mob at VR Weekends, 13.10.18
As part of the Veetu Golu celebrations in VR Chennai, a special Bharatnatyam Flash Mob was held by members of the Athma Academy of Dance. In a truly remarkable performance, the artistes danced across the Centre before the grand finale on the VR Weekends stage.
Veetu Golu, 10.10.2018
The Golu Festival is an important part of South Indian culture and heralds the beginning of the festive season. As part of the celebrations, a special 24-foot, three-tiered Golu Padi was set up at VR Chennai which narrated various tales from Indian mythology, representations of which can also be found across the Centre. The festive display was inaugurated by Mr. Mark Van De Vreken, the Belgian Consul General.
VR Street Stars, 06.10.2018
A team of professional street performers enthralled shoppers in VR Chennai by showcasing their mesmerising array of tricks and skills. Here's a peek into the eye-catching performance by VR Street Stars on October 6, 2018.
Sean Roldan & TuneStation Band at VR Weekends, 30.09.2018
Sean Roldan, the celebrated composer, was in conversation with us about his views on music, his upcoming concert in Chennai, and much more. The tete-a-tete was followed by a special performance by the city-based Tunestation Band.
Stevie & Band Live at VR Weekends, 29.09.2018
Stevie, the Chennai-based singer and songwriter and his band, was live on 29.09.18 at Swargamandapam in VR Chennai. Their energetic performance set the VR Weekends stage alight and gave shoppers a memorable experience. Here is a throwback to the evening.
MJ Sriram at VR Weekends, 16.09.2018
The vocal talents of MJ Sriram and his melodious mashup of popular Tamil movie songs mesmerised the crowd during his VR Weekends concert on September 16, 2018. Here's a glimpse of that musical evening from VR Chennai.
Raag the Band at VR Weekends, 15.09.2018
Raag the Band, the Chennai based pop group known for their wonderful rendition of Bollywood songs, performed live at VR Chennai on Saturday, September 15 as part of the Centre's signature VR Weekends event. Here are some glimpses from their concert.
Namma Ooru Boy Band at VR Weekends, 08.09.2018
The pioneers of Tamil Pop, Namma Ooru Boy Band, led by Josh Vivian, set the stage alight with their energetic performance on Saturday, September 8. Here is a small sneak peek into what was a truly mesmerising evening of music.
Saindhavi Live at VR Weekends, 02.09.2018
An accomplished playback singer, Saindhavi is known for her exceptional talent and versatility that covers a variety of genres, including classical, film songs and even Hindustani. Here's a glimpse of her live performance on September 2, 2018, at Swargamandapam in #VRChennai. #VRWeekends #VRCommunity #Live #Concert #AnnaNagar #Chennai
The Non-Violinist Project Live at VR Weekends - 21.07.18
The strikingly talented Non-violinist Project took centre stage at VR Chennai and gave us an evening to remember. Lead by the violinist and composer Shravan Sridhar, the band tugged at our heartstrings with their music. Here’s a glimpse of performance. #VRWeekends
Karthick Iyer Live at VR Weekends - 15.07.18
The ever-popular Karthick Iyer had the crowd at VR Chennai beaming with joy with his truly inspiring performance. The exceptionally talented violinist and his crew from IndoSoul performed at VR Weekends and it was the perfect setting to wind down on a Sunday! Catch their performance here.
Deepika Varadharajan Live at VR Weekends - 08.07.18
Chennai-based vocalist Deepika Varadharajan, had a full house at VR Weekends. The Classical and Carnatic music maverick took us on a musical journey with beautiful renditions of Bollywood and Kollywood tracks, leaving the audiences mesmerized.
Ghatam Karthick Live at VR Weekends - 07.07.18
The talented musician and composer Ghatam Karthik took center stage at VR Chennai and gave us a truly soulful musical evening, one that we would always be remembered. Witness this yourself and check out his performance here!
Christopher Guruswamy Live at VR Weekends - 01.07.18
Christopher Gurusamy, the acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer, mesmerised the audiences with his performance. Born and raised in Australia he received his training at the illustrious Kalakshtera Foundation. Emotive, confident and impeccable in form, Christopher Gurusamy's performance was invigorating. Catch a glimpse of his act here.
Oxygen Live at VR Weekends - 30.06.18
Great music and a global vibe sum up the transportive live concert by the fusion band Oxygen! The Chennai based band performed at VR Weekends and the audiences were hooked! Check out their performance here.
Pranetra Live at VR Weekends - 24.06.18
There is something magical about fusion music. It blends in home-ground notes with world music genres, leaving us with a beautiful amalgamation. Pranetra, the renowned fusion music band from the city, performed at VR Chennai leaving us spellbound with a musical memory like no other. Check out their performance here.
Mahathi Live at VR Weekends - 23.06.18
The prolific Carnatic musician and award-winning playback singer, Mahathi took centre stage at VR Chennai as she gave the audiences a mesmerising performance. Her grasp of the ragas and the delicate notes, left the audiences beaming with joy as she took them on a musical journey that will be remembered for a long time. Catch glimpses for her performances here.
Festive Opening Weekend: 22.06.18 to 24.06.18
The festive opening weekend of VR Chennai was filled with celebrations galore, including live concerts, the lighting of the Mahadeepam and the unveiling of the iconic Chennai Installation. It featured eminent Chennai-ites from varied walks of life, including Dr. Kamala Selvaraj, Carnatic musician Sudha Raghunathan, Dr. Priya Selvaraj, Fitness expert Vidya Singh and philanthropist Nawab Mohammed Asif Ali. Catch a glimpse of the celebrations here.
Aneesh Vidyashankar Live at VR Weekends - 22.06.18
A soul-stirring concert by the Walking Violinist, Aneesh Vidyashankar set the mood for VR Weekends. The violin maestro wooed the audiences by showcasing how beautiful fusion music can be. Check out his performance here.
Opening Day - 18.06.18
The day we embarked on our journey in Chennai was as special as it could be. Here’s a glimpse
VR Chennai - Walkthrough
A sneak-peak at VR Chennai, the city's most awaited lifestyle destination. The development strategy of the Project is to develop a premium retail, dining & entertainment destination that attracts the larger extent of West Chennai community. VR Chennai's design is inspired by the contemporary interpretation of the ancient temples as well as bright and colourful Madras checks.
The project is spread over 8.45 acres of land area with an approximate built up area of around 2 million sq. ft.
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