Twist and shout
Dublin's anniversary bash reminded many that the year was young and the heart still raring to go
IT WAS a decade to remember. Acid rock, the Vietnam War, the Pill, pastel lipsticks, love beads, baubles, chiffons, drugs and Woodstock. The swinging sixties were when the world grew up and forever lost its innocence.
For those who lived then, Dublin the pub, at the ITC Kakatiya Sheraton and Towers, offered an opportunity to sit back and remember the times and for those who were born later it was a chance to see what they had missed out on.
"We wanted to celebrate Dublin's second anniversary with a difference. We did not want a regular bash so we threw in four days of fun with parties that were theme-based with lots of impromptu games," says Atul Bhalla, Food and Beverage Manager.
So on the first day of the fest, with the swinging sixties and flower power as the themes, people came in their miniskirts and Nehru jackets and jived to the Beatles and Jefferson Airplane. The dιcor for the day included huge cut outs of flowers and the peace symbol with bartenders in Afro wigs, Rastafarian dreadlocks and flowered shirts. The in-house DJ Errol and the in-house band belted out the music for the evening. It ranged from the Archies to Chuck Berry to the Doors and Led Zeppelin not forgetting the King! As for all those women who aped Twiggy, dancing seemed to come easy.
Strings, the Pakistani band were part of the gig on the second day. The crowd were in for a pleasant surprise when the commercial music was replaced by the rich melody and sounds of the Sufi rock band. To an extremely appreciative audience, the foursome rendered nearly eight songs from their hit album, Duur. The title track was mind blowing and everyone demanded an encore, which Strings was only too happy to comply with.
Day three was the night of the `netizens'. Software professionals were treated to a to a request show of `techie' music by DJ Errol. The grand finale was the Caribbean Night featuring casinos, roulette tables, palm trees, orchids, straw hats and songs such as Mr. President's Coco Jambo and other Latino beats. On both days it was the in-house band that kept the crowd rocking.
If you missed the gaiety `no issues' as they say in techie-town, there is always the next time.
Come on let's twist again.
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