In Conversation With Gautham Menon and Venkat Prabhu
Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels, the flagship property of the GRT Group of Hotel & Resorts, has opened ART Bistro – a unique space that houses curated art. The Bistro presents a platform for candid conversations, creative interactions and social gatherings.
“The ART Bistro is a concept close to our hearts and we’re delighted to introduce this versatile space to our guests,” says Vikram Cotah-COO of GRT Hotels & Resorts. “It has been designed to be a popup restaurant where celebrity and international chefs will showcase speciality cuisine form time to time. The Bistro will double up as an elegant and cheerful space guests can hire for exclusive private events. “At all other times, the Bistro will be an art gallery and serve gourmet coffee and single estate teas.
As part the hotel’s Celebrity Chat series, the evening will be launched with film writer & director Gautham Menon in conversation with writer-director Venkat Prabhu. Gautham Menon has just released his film Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada and Venkat Prabhu releasing his sequel Chennai-28 Part II in November 2016
With years of experience under their belts, the conversation will include their work, the opportunities they’ve had, the creative process, and things they have in common.
The hotel relaunched in April 2016 after having shut for renovation following the December 2015 floods. The swanky property occupies an unrivalled position in the market with concept restaurants, refreshing décor, innovative culinary ideas, interesting banquet spaces, and well-equipped health and fitness amenities.
Each element of the décor has been hand-picked to reflect the brand’s electric personality. The rooms and suites are edgy, furnished with themed art by South Indian artists. Every floor of the hotel presents an installation inspired by Chennai. From temple jewellery to the city’s favourite superstar Rajinikanth, the pieces by artists Jayashree Lakshminarayanan and S. Rajamohan reflect the spirit of Tamil Nadu. The hotel’s contemporary Indian restaurant J.Hind is adorned with artist Krishna Mehta’s creations and rustic pendant lights, bringing a regal character reminiscent of havelis of North India. The lobby has been designed with hanging temple-like bells, beautifully tying the aesthetic of property together.
The ART Bistro has been conceptualised to take guests on a visual journey. It will house paintings and sculptures curated by city-based Vanjula’s – The Art Atrium. Every piece will be carefully chosen to offer guests a myriad selection of art.
Two sections will display the curated collection – the Eclectic Art section, and the Affordable Art section. The Ecectic Art section will display a range of work by prolific Indian artists, across various mediums, eras and styles.
Offering a diverse collection for thoughtful gifts as well as home décor, the Affordable Art section will be open for buying original art. Small sized paintings on art paper and canvas will be displayed and prices lists will be available on request.