February 28, Beach Road, 4.30 to 7 p.m.
Line up to cheer artists and students of the Alliance Francaise as a flamboyant and festive parade floats through the main streets of Pondy. There will be music, dance and pomp put together by musicians and Indian folk dancers. Composer Paul Jacob, singers Kavita Gopi and Fantazio, and the band Kikiristan will jazz up the mood.
Fools rush in
February 25, Maison Colombani, 7 pm
‘Clowns sans frontieres is here to make you smile and fly away to fantasy land, blending magic with the tricks of the circus. Organsied by the Alliance Francaise, department of Tourism and Navayuga Consultancy, the show is part of the Indo-French festival. Open to all.
February 22, Solitude Farm, Auroville, 10 a.m. to late night
Experience an unusual blend of music and ecology at the annual Lively up your Earth, Eco Music festival. Soak in music belted out by various bands in an ambience replete with solar bikes, natural dyes, tetrapack furniture, bamboo jewelry, seed banks, eco-book stalls, natural handicrafts, permaculture, acro-yoga, magic, theatre, workshops and organic food.
Tickets are available online and at select outlets in Auroville and Pondicherry.
Gift of the gab
Till April 30, Shakti Community, Auroville, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Want to speak a foreign language or simply fine-tune your skills? Learn French, Spanish, Italian, German, Hindi, English, Tamil at Auroville Language Laboratory
Contact 0413 2623661 or firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.aurovillelanguagelab.org
Behind the veil
Till March 13, Artika Café Gallery,Labourdonnais Street, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays)
Feminine Fables, an exhibition curated by artist Pankaj Mistry explores the representation of the female form. Delhi-based self-taught artist Vinita Vasu taps into the inner strength of women who live behind the ghunghat and the purdah.
Under a dream
Till February 28, Cafeteria Elements,Suffren Street, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Prasanna Gresillan captures the solitary moments in a woman’s life in paintings that exude tranquility at ‘Dreams’, an exhibition organsied by the Palatte Arts and Cultural Association
Guardian of the Blue
Till next week, Beach Road .
Spot the blue metal sculpture fashioned like a drishti mugam on the beachas part of the anti-littering campaign by TASMAI gallery.
The other face of paradise
Till March 14, Old Distillery, Beach Road.
Discover the traditions and customs of the Karen people of the Andaman Islands through the lens of photographer Andreas Deffner at Pondy ART’s latest public exhibition. Free and open to all.
Till February 27, Aurodhan Gallery, Kuruchikuppam, 9.30 a.m.
Unearth the link between the Vedas and Mother’s vision of a sacred architectural form in 'The Future Realisation', an exhibition presented by the Aeon Centre of Cosmology.
Till March 1, Yatra Arts Gallery, near New Creation sports ground, Auroville, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Yatra Arts Foundation hosts an art exhibition by Osiva, Earthling, Jin, S. Priyadharshini and Sathiyamoorthi.
Call 0413-2623071 for details
Till March, The Promenade Hotel
Find the ‘Third Eye’ at artist K. Segar’s new exhibition hosted by the Shilpataru Foundation.
Till February 23, Café ole (next to Zuka), Mission Street
Who is your celebrity crush? Marilyn Monroe or Michael Jackson? Sachin Tendulkar or Charlie Chaplin? Take your favourite star home as a portrait made with nothing but coffee powder and water by artist Sindhuja Rajaram. On the way out, grab a sandwich and a coffee at the 99 hours of coffee festival. Proceeds from portrait sales go to treatment of cancer affected kids.
Till February 23, Hotel Atithi, S.V. Patel Salai, dinner only
Savour Chinese and Thai specialties at an Oriental food festival.
March 1, Hotel Atithi,10 a.m.
Show off your culinary skills and walk away with the title at the Lady Atithi Master Chef Season 3. Presented by Ladies Circle and Lady Atithi Club.
Call 90030 43217 or 98433 31098 or 90030 43216
Sea on the sleeve
All Hidesign outlets
Carry art on your sleeve with the new St. Tropez collection of limited edition bags launched by Hidesign. Each bag has been hand painted and crafted by artist Amrita Nambiar. The design captures the free and raging spirit of the ocean and St. Tropez, symbol of fashionable woman. Painted on white leather, the ocean is the muse for this collector’s edition. Wallets, shoulder bags and clutches, start at Rs. 2, 595
Shop online at www.hidesign.com and avail free shipping
Till February 28, Planet Fashion, 179, Nehru Street ,10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cash in on discount on formal shirts and trousers and the Elements collection from Peter England. Avail 20 per cent and more discount on Levis and 50 per cent discount on Byford formal shirts. Walk away with free accessories for purchase of belt, tie, wallet or cufflinks.
Contact 0413-4206575 for details
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