Music concerts, cultural discoveries, some aikido and hot coffee to go, all along the coast this week
Green thumb alert
Look out for a vegetable, flower and fruit show as part of the 29th Farm Fest organised by the department of agriculture of Pondicherry. Expect flower rangolis, installations and decorations. Also on display, are high-tech farming equipment and machinery. Seeds and plants will be on sale too. At AFT ground on March 6, 7 and 8. From 11am to 8 pm. Details: 0413 2336945
Chocolate picnic, anyone?
Cafe Ole in Pondicherry, offers a range of coffees, sandwiches and desserts. Check out their new menu that includes green tea latte, vegan coffee and Hawaiian hot chocolate. What caught our fancy were chocolate sandwiches made with Venezuelan cocoa paste and French praline,
chocolate dipped slice cakes and walnut gateaux. Priced from `70 onwards. Details: 0413 2220107
The 12th annual Freedom Jam- Pondy Music Festival 2015 will be bringing in artistes from Pondicherry, Chennai and Bengaluru.Participants include child prodigies, V take Off, hip hop artiste Xtacy Stash and Tamil pop rock band Oorka. There is also an electro classical concert by vocalist Mahesh Vinayakram with DJ Astro Black. Prakash Sontakke will perform Hindustani neo-classical music.
At the Gandhi Thidal, starting today.
Till March 1. Details: 0413 2358570
Celebrate togetherness with an annual festival, Rtu Samrit. This year’s focus will be the North East. Eight groups of artists from eight states will be giving a demo on cane weaving, creating baskets and boxes. There will also be textile weaving, folk music and dance and the screening of Integral Yoga – Psychology, Cosmology & Transformational Practice a video on Sri Aurobindo’s work. Organised by the Minstry of Culture Bhopal and the Auroville Bamboo Center. At Bharat Nivas, till February 28. Details: 0413 2622055
Catch the acoustic pop band Emergence performing on home ground. Specialising in genres like pop, blues and fusion, the band consists of four members—Krishna Mckenzie, owner of the restaurant, on vocals, Karthik Iyer on the violin, Mishko M’Ba on bass and Rahul Gopal on the drums. At Solitude Kitchen, tomorrow, from 7 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2622068
Those into martial arts look out for the Aikido workshop at the Pitanga Cultural Center. Andre Palmeiri, an Auroville based martial artist, will be teaching you the basics of the Japanese art. From 7 pm onwards, on Mondays and Wednesdays. While you’re there, also look out for a music and mediation satsang with recorder artist Shastro on the clarinet and Ashaman on the guitar. 10.30 am onwards. Details: 0413 2622403