Grand celebrations and late-night partying heralded in the New Year as the Temple city partied long and hard on Thursday night. A number of festivities were organised at many top-notch star-category hotels in the

city with the celebrations being organised in a grand manner.

Ushering in a new genre of celebrations, Milen *em Mall at K.K. Nagar, in its maiden New Year celebrations held special programmes for senior citizens. Apart from the usual fun activities and group games, it also

dished out a delicious cuisine that included Gujarati and Chettinad food delicacies.

While the 'five star' category urban luxury resort Heritance Madurai roped in the Madurai-born international DJ Ricky to perform video DJing in its New Year celebrations, Hotel Sangam made family guests the focus at jungle-theme based party.

The New Year revelry at the Tamukkam Grounds rocked the Temple City as songs, mimicry and other forms of variety providing the perfect entertainment.Organised as a part of the 13th edition of the annual Chamber

Trade Fair by the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the three-and-a-half hour entertainment show went well past the stroke of midnight.

Apart from the legendary M.S. Rajeswari, who lent her voice to a four-year-old Kamal Hasan singing the immortal verses of *Ammavum Neeye' from 'Kalathur Kannamma,' Tamil comedian Alva Vasu and *Malacheri' music troupe from Coimbatore. The show was anchored by television actress Vidhya.

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