A different take on a traditional art form. Plus, confidence-boosting tips, concerts and a travelling exhibition
Applying the kolam through dance and drawing? It’s not as improbable as it sounds. Auroville-based Grace Gitadelida will teach the art and give pointers about the correct posture to adopt so that your heart and brain are aligned. You will also learn the stories behind padi kolam and other types of kolam. Rs 500 per session (including materials, and tea and snacks). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. At Douceur Community, Auroville. Details: 9841412550
From a diary
The travelling exhibition, Anne Frank — A History for Today, comes to Pondicherry this week. Set in the backdrop of the holocaust and horrors of World War II, the show created by the Anne Frank House, Netherlands, is hosted by PeaceWorks—an initiative of The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and the Azim Premji Foundation. February 1-5 (4 pm to 6 pm) and February 6 (9 am to 6 pm). Details: 0413 2253244
Overcome your stage fright with Australian actor Jeese Fox-Allen. In a one-day workshop, he will train you in public speaking. The first session will involve relaxing and awareness of breath, while the next two sessions will concentrate on removing expression-based obstacles and techniques involving voice and body language. Rs 2,400 per person. At the Auroville Retreat.
The much-awaited 13th edition of Freedom Jam arrives with a high energy line-up of rock bands, like Astralot from Bengaluru and Oorka from Chennai. Tomorrow, at PTDC Seagulls Restaurant (details: 0413 2338643).
On Sunday, among others, Grammy award-winner Shenkar—with his band, Radiotronics—will spin EDM tunes at Beach Road, near Tourist Information. Free entry. Details: 0413 2339497
Cheers to two
Join the party as La Plancha completes two years this Sunday, with EDM by Bengaluru-based DJ Freddie. Additions to the regular menu will be special tarts, quiche and goat cheese salads. Sip on cocktails like mint julep and berry blast, among others, and end the night with desserts like tiramisu, crepes and more. Meal for two, including cocktails, at approximately Rs 800. Details: 0413 4300333