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    From new-age fitness solutions to summer workshops, this season is all about the art of discovery

    The underwater act
    There are many fun ways of losing weight and one of them is aqua zumba. With water creating natural resistance, this means every step will be more challenging and it will help tone your muscles better. At the same time, you will also learn to dance in water. At Shenbaga Hotel, Sunday, from 5 pm onwards. Details: 7639405194

    Natural retreat
    This summer, enroll your children in a creative retreat at Auroville. The workshop aims at increasing a childa��s body awareness, while boosting creativity and enhancing communication skills with their peers through activities like star gazing, forest walks, drum circles, perception training, horse riding and acting. For children above 12, at Auroville. Details: aurovilleretreat.org

    Food and economics
    Alliance Francaise has interesting discussions coming up. Today, learn more about the food habits and lifestyles of Tamils in France and South India, from doctor Chantal Malenfant from National Center for Scientific Research, (CNRS), Nutrition, Paris. There is also another discussion (every Tuesday) on economists David Ricardo and Thomas Malthus, renowned for analysing 19th century British society. On April 21, 7 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2334351

    Short seven
    As part of Remembering Veenapani Chawla, the celebrated playwright, Chennai-based theatre group Perch will perform Under the Mangosteen Tree. The play will feature seven storiesa��including Walls (Mathilukal), Voices (Shabdangal), The World Renowned Nose (Viswavikhayatamaya Mookku) and The Man (Oru Manushyan)a��penned by Malayalam writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. Tomorrow and Sunday, from 7 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2622287

    Grand finale
    The year-end show by Sita Cultural Centre is here. As part of the event, there will be ballet performances by children, hip-hop and Bollywood dance shows and a Bharatanatyam dance performance. Also look out for a concert by guitarists who learn at the school. At the end, participants from their cooking class will present French and Indian dishes. Tomorrow, from 6.30 pm onwards. Details: 0413 4200718

    Folk edition
    As part of the 125th birthday of Dr BR Ambedkar, the social reformer and politician, expect folk performances at Gandhi Tidal. First up is a karakattam dance performance, followed by a thappattam and a naiyandi melam performance. All the shows are being organised by the Department of Arts and Culture. The shows are today, tomorrow and Sunday, from 7 pm
    to 9 pm. Details: 0413 2358570

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