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    Why you should make a trip to Pondicherry later this month, for the towna��s first heritage festival

    Pondicherry Old mairie buildingsWhen Kakoli Bane-rjee, the owner of hotel Gratitude and Sunaina Mandeen, the co-founder of non-profit organisation, PondyCAN saw how Pondicherry reacted to the collapse of the 144-year-old Mairie Building, last November, they knew what they had to do. When the landmark building succumbed to incessant rain,it highlighted the sorry state of heritage architecture in the union territory. a�?There are several buildings in Pondicherry that need immediate attention, like the police headquarters, high court building and the lighthouse. We decided to bring the people of Pondicherry together for a common cause,a�? explains Mandeen. The Pondicherry Heritage festival, scheduled from February 27 to March 1, will include talks, walks and performances, with rare access to private heritage homes. The duo has plans to rope in cultural veterans from Chennai for the festival, besides local hoteliers, performers and entrepreneurs stalwarts. a�?There are people from Chennai who are closely linked to Pondicherry. We are very inspired by Madras Week,a�? continues Mandeen. A quick look at whata��s on the cards:
    Know your French
    manakula-vinayagar-temple-elephantAshok Panda, a coordinator with The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for the past 15 years, will be conducting a walk. a�?I will be holding a walk in the French sector and the Tamil sector. Wea��ll be looking at French architecture, buildings that have been restored and the history of Pondicherry,a�? says Panda. Among the buildings highlighted are Le Cafe, the 24 hour cafe on Beach Road, Le DupleixA� and Hotel De La��Orient. A photo exhibition will depict the history and evolution of Pondicherry and will have pictures of restored buildings from the archives of INTACH.
    Inside view
    Kumaran Valavan from Indianostrum Theatre is planning performances for the festival. A theatre enthusiast, Valavan is known for his thought-provoking productions like Land of Ashes and Kunti Karma.
    Focus point
    According to Chennai entrepreneur Kiran Rao, three buildings that are valuable heritage properties but cannot be accessed by the public are Calve College, the lighthouse and Pensionnat de Jeunes Filles. a�?Several buildings are waiting to be restored in Pondicherry,a�? she says.
    Save the town
    Chennai-based Tamil scholar Rajagopal Muthukumaraswamy, another participant, says his talk will explore the importance of folklore and how the common man should get involved in the conservation of Pondicherry heritage. a�?a�?I plan to include topics like kooth performances and the Angadi amman koil festival in my talk,a�? he says.
    On the panel
    While Tara Murali, from INTACH Tamil Nadu, will define heritage properties as built, natural and intangible, another panelistw, P T Krishnan, a Chennai-based architect, will talk about boundaries. a�?I think something has to be done to overlap the Tamil and French sectors. A lot of private houses in the Tamil sector need immediate attention. But only the French sector seems to be flourishing. The division in itself is wrong. It is one town,a�? he observes.
    An alternative beat
    Plans are underway for a musical evening at the performance company, Adishakti. Meanwhile, an active member at the Madras Week, historian V Sriram, may have a few heritage walks planned. While he says his role at the Pondy festival is yet to be defined, he shares, a�?Pondicherry is a fascinating town and if I have a walk, I would include the Old French Quarters, beautifully laid out in the form of a grid, with old streets, charming houses, so different from the British colonial houses in Chennai, the area around the Secretariat, with its monuments and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.a�?
    Details: intach.org

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      From paper making to a shibori workshop, this week is all about learning new crafts

      1Blue is in
      Indigo experts, The Colors of Nature, is holding a shibori and tie and dye workshop for adults. Give that old kurta, T-shirt or stole a colourful makeover by dipping them in a tank filled with indigo, to make different designs on the textile. Today and tomorrow, from 10 am
      to 5 pm. Details: 0413 2622587

      Playing with fire
      Experience a fire and light spinning performance, And There Was Light, by 10 Auroville teenagers. The performance blends science, myth, theory and evolution, with a story that revolves around the creation of the universe and how it is now the time of man. At the Visitors Centre, on January 25 and 26, from 6 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2622239

      Pink parade
      Pondicherry-based Bogna Grazyna Jaroslawski, a Polish-German artist, has designed an art installation, Pink Silence, which is trying to create awarenes2s about violence against women and children. The installation consists of 365 pink bamboo rods, each with a quote written on it by students from the Bamboo Centre, suggesting a solution. Inspired by the Gulabi Gang movement, the installation is at the Unity Pavilion. Till January 31, from 9 am onwards. Details: 9159153912

      Paper cut
      Experts in handmade paper since 1998, Auroville Papers is conducting a workshop on paper making. Apart from the popular stationery, they will teach you to make household products, jewellery and even works of art from paper and cotton mache. All the materials will be provided. Today and tomorrow, from 9 am to 5 pm. At Auroville Papers. Details: 0413 2622122

      Food for thought
      Lilaloka, the self-learning and resource centre for children, is holding a fund-raising lunch, tomorrow. Proceeds go towards the completion of their first office building. The lunch will include pizzas, cakes and pastas. There will also be music by Auroville-based musicians Andrea and Savana. At Lilaloka, from 12.30 pm onwards. Details: lilalokaproject.blogspot.in

      Shake a leg
      After opening her new store recently, Icelander designer Disa Gudmundsdottir has now opened the doors of her new cafe, DisDis & Co at Rue Romain Rolland street. The cafe is hosting a party, tomorrow till 1 am. Expect to catch Pondicherry-based DJs like Kid Creme and The Sleepwalker, who will be performing with Paris-based Alexander Robotnick, one of the key people behind the disco movement.A� At the cafe, from 8 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2225616

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        The fantastic Channing Tatum on the sweet taste of victory, his bromance with Mark Ruffalo and more

        1Actor Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, made a memorable night out of the Golden Globes after-party at Beverly Hills last week, as they shook a leg and relived their memories as co-stars of Step Up (2006). It didna��t matter that Tatuma��s film Foxcatcher, didna��t win any awards, despite three nominations. The team hopes to have a better chance at the Academy Awards, where it has five nominations. After delivering hits like The Vow, Shea��s The Man and The Dilemma, Tatum has entered the big league with the biographical drama. Foxcatcher sees the model and stripper playing the gold-winning Olympic wrestler, Mark Schultz, who joined Team Foxcatcher for the 1988 Games in Seoul. Tatum had to lose six kilograms in one day for the role and even came home with a cauliflower ear (an injury common with boxers). Directed by Bennett Miller, the film also stars Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo. Tatuma��who also runs a production company, with his wifea��has other upcoming films, too. The 34-year-old will be seen as Gambit in the next X-Men movie spin off, and also in Magic Mike XXL, which takes off from the 2012 hit. He tells us more about Foxcatcher, wrestling and why comedy doesna��t come easy. Read on:

        What was it like to bond with Mark Ruffalo through wrestling?
        In wrestling, therea��s a lot being said to each other without talking. Youa��re in a quiet gym and you just hear grunts and slams and slaps and hard breathing. The way that you hand fight, ita��s a bit of a chess match. We had to go through a lot of very humbling experiences. You dona��t feel like youa��re doing very well at all, especially in the beginning, when youa��re learning and one person is getting something better than you are. Mark and I were both just there for each other, throughout that learning process.

        Wrestling is a tough sport.
        How did it feel?
        Wrestling, ita��s an intimate thing, even though ita��s super violent. You have to be comfortable being basically naked and wrestling. From an outsidera��s perspective, it looks very homosexual. Ia��ve gotten that a lot. And I always say, a�?Come on and try it out. Youa��ll see how non-homosexual that is.a��

        Does making a film like this change the type of films youa��d like to do next?
        I just think theya��re all different muscles. Comedy doesna��t come easy for me. Ia��ve only done two movies that are really comedy style films, and I had to work at them. I hate labelling these thingsa��comedy, love story, dark drama, or whatever. Ia��ve only played one other person that was real, before. The stakes are very, very high.

        With all the films youa��ve done, what personal satisfaction do they give you?
        Ita��s really the journey that you get to go on with the people youa��re doing it with. You are playing someone else, but ultimately, ita��s just a version of the person because you have to do it.

        Did you take any real life references to get into the skin of this character? I like being pushed into corners. It forces you to be creative. Being a stripper exposed me to a lot of people I might never have met, and that has turned out to be a gift. There are lots of characters I feel I can play as a result. So when people tell me they want to act, Ia��m like, a�?Okay, if you want to act, go see America. If you can afford gas money, go talk to people and see how they really live.a��

        Foxcatcher is scheduled to release on January 30

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          Baby
          Director: Neeraj Pandey
          Cast: Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubatti, Anupam Kher
          In a country constantly facing terrorist attacks, Ajay Singh Rajput (Kumar) is a sincere police officer who is part of an elite Covert Intelligence Unit. The action begins when he discovers a plan that could threaten national security.
          Did you know? Baby was shot in just 45 days and has no songs. When the team was shooting in Istanbul, a young girl screamed out Kumara��s name and started singing Mujhmein tu, from the film Special 26, also by Pandey.

          Mortdecai
          Director: David Koepp
          Cast: Johnny Depp,
          Gwyneth Paltrow
          Adapted from the book anthology, Mortdecai, written by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the film revolves around art dealer, Charlie Mortdecai who has to recover a stolen painting that has the code to a lost bank account.
          Did you know? This is the third collaboration between Depp and actor Paul Bettany,A� after 2014a��s Transcendence and 2010a��s The Tourist.

          Arab drama
          Real, dramatic and high on the emotional quotient. This describes the short films, based on Egypt, that the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation is screening, in association with the embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Blue Dive talks about death at sea, Farda Shimal compares the life of a rich boy to that of a poor one,A� Laiba is about a girl who fights for her love, Iskander deals with a child with a disability and, Umma Aadam deals with loneliness. At the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, today, from 6.15 pm onwards.
          Details: 28212652

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            Director: Angelina Jolie
            Cast: Jack Oa�� Connell, Finn Wittrock, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi
            Directed and produced by Angelina Jolie, the film is a portrayal of the life of Olympian and war hero Louis a�?Louiea�� Zamperini (Oa�� Connell). Surviving on a raft for 47 days after a plane crash, Zamperini and his crew are caught by the Japanese navy and taken to a prisoner of war camp during the World War II.
            A simple, straightforward story about one mana��s fight for survival
            makes this one a good watch.

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              Playing Joan Clarke in the historical thriller, The Imitation Game, the actress talks about off-screen chemistry and being true to her character

              WESPITE 21 years in the industry, Keira Knightley is sometimes mistaken for other actresses like Anne Hathaway! But the Bend it like Beckham actress takes it like a sport.A� In the news recently for going topless in Interview magazineA� (photographed by Patrick Demarchelier) to protest the mediaa��s use of Photoshop to modify womena��s bodies, Knightley, 29, is also a soon-to-be- mum. Known for her period dramas and bio-pics like Atonement, Anna Karenina and A Dangerous Method, she is looking forward to her next, Morten Tyldumsa�� The Imitation Game, for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe. She tells us about her co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, eerie sets and more:

              How closely does The Imitation Game stick to the real eventsa��especially in relation to your character, Joan Clarke?
              The film deviates somewhat, in Joana��s story, from the truth of what happened. She was indeed Alan Turinga��s fiancA�e, but actually that wasna��t how she got to Bletchley (where German secret codes were broken during WWII). They did recruit a lot of people for Bletchley like that, with the crossword, and I think the writer and all of us felt like that was such an amazing and weird way to get people in. In reality, it was her Oxford professor that put her forward for it. That makes her story even more incrediblea��she had this top Oxford professor that was saying to the people at Bletchley, a�?You need this woman,a�� and it still took her a year of doing secretarial work to get into the room that she should have been in, with the other code breakers.

              Do you feel more responsibility when playing a real character?
              I think there are always questions of morality when you make a drama out of something. Ita��s never going to be completely accurate, but it is always something that you go, a�?Can we make it as close to reality as possible?a�� The only thing you can do is just be open about the fact that this is a fascinating person, and that everyone should look her up and learn about her.

              Did Joan Clarke receive any recognition for the work she did on Enigma?
              She did get the MBE, but I dona��t think that was really brought to public attention. I havena��t read the famous book that Enigma, the (2001) film, is based upon, but Ia��m sure shea��s within that.

              Ita��s surprising that there havena��t been more films about this.
              Thata��s the thing that I remember when I read an article about ita��just going, a�?What the a��?a�� and instantly thinking, a�?Is somebody making a film of this?a�� Of course, I always think like that, but this story was just extraordinary.

              Cumberbatch described the experience of shooting at the real Bletchley Park as a�?ghostlya��. Do you agree?
              Yeah, it was… particularly because ita��s not the big tourist attraction that perhaps it should be. Even though ita��s so close to London, Ia��d never thought of going.

              You first worked with Cumberbatch on Atonement.
              Ita��s always lovely to work with people that youa��ve worked with before because you just have that lingo, and that quick, easy, rapport. Wea��re mates, and wea��ve sort of been mates since then. I loved our scenes together. But my favourite moments were those we shared off-screen, like when we snuck outside and illicitly smoked cigarettes.

              Is he enjoying his new-found star status?
              He is 38, and has wanted this for such a long time and has worked so hard. As for his many admirers, his so-called a�?Cumberb***hesa�?, I think he rather enjoys the attention despite being a little bemused.
              The Imitation Game is scheduled to release on January 16.

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                Tevar
                Director: Amit Sharma
                Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee
                A remake of 2003 Telugu superhit, Okkadu, Tevar is about a kabaddi player, Pintoo Shukla, (Kapoor), who gives up everything to save Radhika (Sinha) from the clutches of a goon, Gajendra Singh (Bajpayee). Tamil viewers will make the connection with the Vijay-starrer Ghilli.
                Did you know?A� Father Boney Kapoor and son, Kapoor, team up for the first time for this film.

                Taken 3
                Director: Olivier Megaton
                Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker
                Taken 3 is about Bryan Mills (Neeson), an ex- government operative who is framed for the murder of his wife. He channelises his particular set of skills to take revengeA� on his wifea��s murderers and save his daughter.
                Did you know?A� In a recent interview, Neeson revealed, a�?a�?Robert Mark Kamen [writer of the Taken series] came up
                with a really good [story]. They put a nice twist into it.a��a��

                Boyhood
                The epic drama is about Mason and his journey from a young boy to an adult. Richard Linklatera��s film features Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. Boyhood was shot over a period of 12 years, from May 2002 to October 2013. According to Linklater, a�?a�?we have loads of behind the scenes footage. We had an intern with a camera who interviewed a lot of the actors every year so therea��s this record of Ellar, Lorelei, Patricia, Ethan and me and several quick five minute interviews.a��a��

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                  Continue the festivities with happy hours at Umami, Pongal celebrations at DakshinaChitra and a feast at La Marina

                  On the floor
                  If youa��ve ever been curious about the history of the kolam, Pitanga Cultural Centrea��s exhibition could be an eye-opener. Titled Through Kolam Eyes, it features paintings, collages and installations of archetypal kolam patterns that speak about its origin and meaning. Also participate in their workshop, Drawing with Powder Dots and Lines, which will help you master kolams and learn about its spiritual and psychological impact. `900 per person. Till January 25, from 9.30 am to 12.30 am.
                  Details: 0413 2622403

                  Pongal edition
                  DakshinaChitra is all set to celebrate Pongal with popular folk dances like Mayillattam, Karagam and Poikal Kudhirattam. Performed by Raja and Troupe, ita��s on from 11 am, on January 15. While there, check out their Tamil Nadu Street, which will be converted into a live village zone. There is also a two-day workshop on crochet, where Suguna, the resource person, will teach you to make cell phone pouches and wallets. `1,500. Details: 24918943

                  Stress buster
                  Get a handle on coping with stress. Yogesh Mohan, a former WHO consultant, is conducting a talk and a workshop on how to deal with stress, common health problems and diseases. The inner healing workshop will begin with body awareness and different breathing exercises to identify body parts in pain. From 9 am to 12.30 pm. On January 10, at Verite Hall. Details: 0413 2622045

                  Seafood on the roof
                  Plan your dinner date at The Promenadea��s rooftop restaurant, The Lighthouse. They have introduced a whole new menu featuring meats, greens and daily catch of fresh seafooda��barbequed and grilled. Choose from grilled rock lobster, tenderloin steak, a trio of stuffed vegetables with herbed rice, and pesto cream and bacon wrapped scallops. From 7 pm onwards.
                  Details: 0413 2227750

                  One-stop shop
                  After the success of Santa Fest on Christmas, La Marina Guest House is all set to launch a monthly exhibition, Marina Fest. It will be a platform for local producers to showcase everything from cakes to jewellery, home decor and more. Also find designer wear from brands like Pondywalla, Kedar Maddula and others. From `150 onwards. On January 9, from 10 am to 8 pm. Details: 0413 4300333

                  Tank up
                  Wondering where to go this weekend? Head to Umami, on Labourdonnais Street, where they are serving up 20 of their best cocktails, including Bloody Mary, Jamaican Passion and Long Island Iced Tea. Or if youa��d rather sample something off the menu, get them to customise your drink. Their happy hours are from 12 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm. From `300 onwards. Details: 9787748481

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                    Pooja Singhal brings her edition of pichwai paintings to Amethyst, featuring traditional scenes and stone colours

                    The pichwai form is getting a revival of sorts, with art collectors across the world sourcing the hand-painted fabric or paper for their homes. The tradition of depicting scenes of temple worship originated at a temple in Nathdwara, near Udaipur, as a means to decorate the resident Shri Nathji orA� Lord Krishna idol. In the 17th century, only five families of the Vallabhaichari sect created the carefully composed renderings of Lord Krishna.
                    Modern impact
                    Today, online platforms like Jaypore showcase pichwais in unusual formats, sourced from artisans and independent producers. A recent feature had hand-painted mixed media art on canvas by an art studio based within the Kishangarh Fort near Ajmer. They have also showcased Sonya Saprua��s digital prints of old pichwais. Currently, a sale from Ruh has been put together by art and fashion expert, Pooja Singhal. Hailing from an industrialist family in Udaipur, Singhal has grown up with pichwais, and her efforts to revive the traditional format is laudable. If you want a closer look and a more extensive selection, youa��re in luck. The serene setting of Amethyst on Whites Road has been chosen to showcase a special line by Singhal, from Monday. She is bringing down close to 90 pichwais in varied sizes. a�?a�?There are smaller ones for flats and signature pieces that have been commissioned for farmhouses in Delhi,a��a�� she explains.
                    For all settings
                    Many pichwais are linked to festivals and seasons. Some come with detailed borders, but Singhal has a few pieces in monochromatic colour schemes that a�?a�?suit modern interiors.a��a�� She has extensively researched the tradition, sourcing old catalogues for rare scenes. The use of stone colours as opposed to pigments has been revived. We expect a crush for the pichwais, so get there early.
                    January 12 to 23. Pichwais
                    from `10,290 to `2.5 lakh.
                    Details: 45991630

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                    Playing Joan Clarke in the historical thriller, The Imitation Game, the actress talks about off-screen chemistry and being true to her character

                    DESPITE 21 years in the industry, Keira Knightley is sometimes mistaken for other actresses like Anne Hathaway! But the Bend it like Beckham actress takes it like a sport. In the news recently for going topless in Interview magazine (photographed by Patrick Demarchelier) to protest the mediaa��s use of Photoshop to modify womena��s bodies, Knightley, 29, is also a soon-to-be- mum. Known for her period dramas and bio-pics like Atonement, Anna Karenina and A Dangerous Method, she is looking forward to her next, Morten Tyldumsa�� The Imitation Game, for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe. She tells us about her co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, eerie sets and more:

                    How closely does The Imitation Game stick to the real eventsa��especially in relation to your character, Joan Clarke?
                    The film deviates somewhat, in Joana��s story, from the truth of what happened. She was indeed Alan Turinga��s fiancA�e, but actually that wasna��t how she got to Bletchley (where German secret codes were broken during WWII). They did recruit a lot of people for Bletchley like that, with the crossword, and I think the writer and all of us felt like that was such an amazing and weird way to get people in. In reality, it was her Oxford professor that put her forward for it. That makes her story even more incrediblea��she had this top Oxford professor that was saying to the people at Bletchley, a�?You need this woman,a�� and it still took her a year of doing secretarial work to get into the room that she should have been in, with the other code breakers.

                    Do you feel more responsibility when playing a real character?
                    I think there are always questions of morality when you make a drama out of something. Ita��s never going to be completely accurate, but it is always something that you go, a�?Can we make it as close to reality as possible?a�� The only thing you can do is just be open about the fact that this is a fascinating person, and that everyone should look her up and learn about her.

                    Did Joan Clarke receive any recognition for the work she did on Enigma?
                    She did get the MBE, but I dona��t think that was really brought to public attention. I havena��t read the famous book that Enigma, the (2001) film, is based upon, but Ia��m sure shea��s within that.

                    Ita��s surprising that there havena��t been more films about this.
                    Thata��s the thing that I remember when I read an article about ita��just going, a�?What the a��?a�� and instantly thinking, a�?Is somebody making a film of this?a�� Of course, I always think like that, but this story was just extraordinary.

                    Cumberbatch described the experience of shooting at the real Bletchley Park as a�?ghostlya��. Do you agree?
                    Yeah, it was… particularly because ita��s not the big tourist attraction that perhaps it should be. Even though ita��s so close to London, Ia��d never thought of going.

                    You first worked with Cumberbatch on Atonement.
                    Ita��s always lovely to work with people that youa��ve worked with before because you just have that lingo, and that quick, easy, rapport. Wea��re mates, and wea��ve sort of been mates since then. I loved our scenes together. But my favourite moments were those we shared off-screen, like when we snuck outside and illicitly smoked cigarettes.

                    Is he enjoying his new-found
                    star status?
                    He is 38, and has wanted this for such a long time and has worked so hard. As for his many admirers, his so-called a�?Cumberb***hesa�?, I think he rather enjoys the attention despite being a little bemused.
                    The Imitation Game is scheduled to release on January 16.

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