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    Join the Pongal festivities with song and dance. Plus,  a Mediterranean culinary journey and a fun paper workshop

    Harvest for all
    Let folk dances like myillattam, poikai,
    kudhirai and karagam, pull you into the Pongal
    festivities organised at DakshinaChitra. These performances will be brought to you by Chennai-based Thanjai G Raja and troupe. If
    you visit on the festival day, you can attend the pooja and savour the pongal dish too. Till January 17. 10.30 am onwards.
    Details: 24462435

    Movie and grills
    Tonight, Joy Community Guesthouse at Auroville is the place to be. Pop by with an appetite at 6.30 pm and let the special grills menu comprising prawns, fish and vegetables fill you up. Then, proceed to watch Italian cult comedy Bianco, Rosso e Verdone (with English subtitles) organised in the open air garden at 7.30 pm. A meal for two will be Rs. 800 approximately. Reservation required.
    Details: 0413 2622584

    Med tasting
    Treat yourself to some Mediterranean specials at Blueline, The Promenade. Begin by trying their dolma (beef) soup and end with baklava or basbousa (sweet cake). The main course includes paella with shrimps and Moroccan grilled fish among other dishes. Till January 30, only for dinner. Meal for two at Rs. 2000 approximately.
    Details: 0413 2227750

    Paper patrol
    Learn to make paper from scratch at the two-day workshop at Auroville Retreat. Day one will be about the plants that paper is made out of and how they are washed and beaten into pulp. Use different fibres and colours, under supervision, to make your paper unique and take it home the next day. Materials will be provided. On January 22 and 23, at Rs. 6000, including refreshments.
    Details: 0413 2622122

    Secret service
    Find out about professions in India you never knew existed like a professional mourner, a pandit who records genealogy of families – with Kolkata based author Nidhi Dugal Kundalia’s first book Lost Generations. She will discuss the book at Palais De Mahe on January 20, at 6 pm. Organised by People for Pondicherry’s Heritage.
    Details: 04843011711

    Strech it out
    Exercise your nervous system by participating in Somatic Explorations at Verite, Auroville on January 20. Originally from London, Maggie Sisson, a certified somatic movement educator, will take you through movements which release tension, increase mobility, balance and wellness. Contributions will be requested from guests and volunteers at the end.
    Details: 0413 2622045

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