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    Workshops on dance and music to keep you busy, and a French movie festival for some art.

    Do the twist
    Here’s your chance to learn some cool new moves. La Casita is hosting a belly dancing workshop by Bengaluru-based instructor, Vaishnavi TN. Designed for beginners, the two-hour event will take you through the basics of the dance form. Vaishnavi is also trained in Indian, Western, contemporary and freestyle dance. Entry at `500 for members and `600 for non-members. On November 13, from 10 am onwards.
    Details: 7639405194

    One for mums
    Starting tomorrow, Kala Kendra in Auroville is celebrating motherhood with an exhibition of paintings by Italian artist and sculptor, Marco Feira. Taking cues from various interpretations of a mother—be it the religious avatar of Kali or the more common avatar of a parent—Feira’s bright, expressive acrylics on canvas are impactful.
    Till November 24, from 9 am onwards.
    Details: auroville.org

    By the bloom
    Bhuvana’s Flower Venis, a store in Neelangarai, is conducting a one-day workshop on how to thread flower garlands or venis. Learn how to make the perfect brooch shape, and create venis in two styles—flat and round. November 19, from 9 am onwards.  `3,800. Details: 9710290965

    Behind the lens
    This one is for budding filmmakers. Take part in the first edition of the French City Film Festival and show off your talent in short filmmaking. Organised by OneStop Media (to be held on November 26), it has categories like Short, Micro and Nano. You can submit films (between two and 30 minutes) in any genre—comedy, sci-fi or animation. Last date for submissions is November 10. Prizes worth over `3 lakh up for grabs. Free entry. Details: 8870682728

    Three to see
    At DakshinaChitra, catch the work by three artists. City-based Anamika’s I See What I Draw is her depiction of the human body. Meanwhile, portraits of men and women feature in the paintings of Antony Raj, while Ramu’s realistic portrayal of the many moods of a villager is arresting.
    At Varija and Kadambari Art Gallery, from 10 am to 6 pm (daily, except on Tuesdays). Details: 24462435

    Franco beats
    Fresh from the release of his first album, Mantra, Jean Du Voyage is gearing up for his upcoming DJ workshops at Alliance Francaise de Pondicherry. The French DJ is known for his electronic beats and incorporates music elements from different cultures. Open to both beginners and professionals, the workshops will culminate in a concert on November 20. Register for free. Details: 0413 2334351

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