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Vizagites plugged to planet

"We have not set this shop for people to buy a few music cassettes and CDs only, we intend that they come here with families to spend some time listening to their favourites," say Music Kafe people.


Music lovers listening to the latest hits at the Music Kafe.

Hair dyed to auburn colour, denims hugging to the skin, rhythmic swing of the head synchronised with tap of the feet, sprinkling an aura of casualness and yet intensely poised, this girl, radiating beauty in all forms was in trance. Yes, she was plugged into one of the seven listening stations at the Music Kafe, the new rendezvous in the city for the 16 plus, listening to Kylie Minoque's "

"Can't get you out of my mind".

Music Kafe, the latest NRI venture to hit the town, is all set to drown you with mind boggling range of cassettes, CDs and DVDs, and you do all the shopping even as you munch a burger or smack a pastry.

The idea of music with food struck Annamreddy Ramesh while wading through one of the busy streets of Washington one day. A software engineer by profession, he is a native of Vizag. His penchant for music and strong affinity towards his hometown prompted him to set up his dream venture, which he fondly named as Music Kafe.

"It is not just a simple music shop. It is a complete and ultimate music store with a tastefully designed restaurant to add to the music. Set on the lines of Planet M of Mumbai and Music World of Bangalore, this is the only one of its kind where the enthralling music is accompanied by mouth-watering burgers, pizzas and saucy Chinese dishes," says Rajesh, friend and partner of Mr.Ramesh in this venture.

Well, the idea of family shoppee seems to be catching on, on the music front also. "This place seems to be an ideal hang-out for a weekend; it has the latest karaoke system and we belt out a few numbers of our choice and for a brief period, you feel like Elvis or Kishore Kumar," vouches Rahul, a music buff, in all his youthful exuberance. Weekends are packed with more entertaining fares like magic shows and mimicries. There is a coupon game on, all through the week for the best top ten numbers.

The music store is a paradise for those with a feel for rhythm. It consists of the latest and hottest English numbers from Darren Hayes-"Spin", Marc Anthony's-"Mended" to Elvis's-"Countryside off". In Hindi, it ranges from Adnan Sami's- "Lift kara de" to the golden collections of Indian greats like Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. Raggae, Pop, Rock or Indian classics, you name it and you will find them in one of the well arranged racks, and in case of any difficulty you can have one of the salesmen on the spur by a mere gesture.

Along with music the shop has an assorted mix of digital video discs and visual compact discs of new and old classics in English,Hindi and Telugu. Old Telugu and Hindi movies seem to be the hot favourites of the NRIs and they claim that such old movies make them feel at home across the seven seas.

Music Kafe is the most happening place in the town, asserts Mr. Rajesh, from foot tapping music to tantalising tongue ticklers. Be it your birthday or your anniversary, this is certainly an ideal place to chill out.

S.B.

Photo: K.R. Deepak

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