Big is beautiful

Showtime at the new shop  

THE BEDECKED pachyderms said it all.

Everything inside was really elephantine. Bigger than enviable Big Bazaar, trendier than the native Food World, and cheaper than any Mega mart, of course.

Yes, we are talking about the new Metro Cash and Carry outlet, which was inaugurated on Wednesday.

Even as the villagers of Konanakunte stood on the other side of the road, knowing well that they are not welcome into the vast premises, two elephants welcomed the guests by rolling their trunks up and raising their head, fanning their ears wide.

The multinational company, which has invested over Rs. 170 crores for its two outlets, knew who matters and where.

The setting and deliberations of the inaugural function were very Indian. The shloka-chanting acharyas, the traditional gongs and bells marked the lighting of the lamp.

What followed the invocation was never seen on the stage in any other inaugural ceremony.

Three Bharatanatyam dancers presented a short performance to the pleasant surprise of the guests.

As the elegant moves of the artists had many of the guests bringing out their digital cameras, there came, on the stage, three Yakshagana artists. They set the stage on fire for the next five minutes with wild but charming movements.

Then came a jugalbandi of Bharatanatyam and Yakshagana. It must have been first attempt to see whether the two totally different dance-based art forms synchronise to a single tune.

Then there was a breath-taking Kalaripayattu performance. First without any weapons, followed by the one with sticks. A martial art show followed with the short sword and then the long sword.

The stage looked like a fort, with elegant poles and settings.

The VIPs and the mediapersons attending the inauguration were in for another surprise as well.You had everything you wanted on your table. A bottle of water, an empty glass, a bottle of cool drink, and a tiny basket full of chocolates and peppermints.

Multinational companies know how to treat the guests and how to ignore those curious villagers and onlookers.

By Govind Belgaumkar