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If you enjoy music as much as good food, this package deal may work for you. On the last Saturday of every month, a group visits a different hotel and puts their karaoke equipment to use. They bring along their friends and families to have their performances lauded.
Welcome to Food You Karaoke (FYK), an initiative authored by Chennai Food Guide (CFG). Dr R. On the genesis of FYK, Murugananth, a CFG member, says, “Chennai Food Guide consists of people who love food. Some of them are food bloggers, food photographers and food critiques and others. We have something called ‘Showcase’ where we go to a restaurant and write about it on various mediums. Recently, a idea popped into mind: why not create an event for this group to have a good time at a restaurant, eating and singing with their families and friends. The restaurant hosting the event will also get a lot of mileage out of it.”
For Dr Murugananth, who plays the Karaoke Jockey at his events, is today congratulating himself for having thought up the initiative.
“We have had just two FYKs and the response is phenomenal. Our first gig was at Pasta Bar Veneto in T. Nagar. We expected 25 to 30 people, but around 40 people turned up. Our second event, organised at the Spring Hotel, was a bigger hit with around 75 people turning up,” says Murugananth, an eye specialist. While the host provides technical assistance for every FYK event, the CFG team conceptualises and executes it.
Murugananth says that FYK events – where English, Hindi and Tamil tracks – are set to a pattern: popular tunes set the mood, and once the group is drawn out of the tables, the peppy tracks follow.