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    Swap city life for country charm at Weekend Sandhai, where retail, puppetry, a band performance and kitsch unite

    Ita��s the month of festivities and the perfect setting for carnivals and fairs. Thata��s why Anusha Alagiri and her event management company, Nefertari, have spent the last three months working on Weekend Sandhai at Wesley Grounds. What you get is a two-day village fair in an urban set-up, with 50 vendors like Sandya��s, Spoonbill, Pink Jalebi, Arty Souk and more. a�?We are mixing up a traditional sandhai or fair in an urban set up,a�? Alagiri, 25, says, adding that there will be stalls selling goli soda,A�bangles, ribbons, titbits like bhajjis and sugarcane juice. a�?I want to give the city a carnival experience, be it shopping, food or entertainment,a�? she tells us. The event will be inaugurated by actor Vijay Sethupathy.

    Back to basics
    The pretty wife of film producer Dayanidhi Alagiri is taking sandhai to a different level. a�?We are going to be educating the public about the evolution of sandhai by drawing a timeline near the entrance,a�? she reveals. Not to be missed is a photo booth, a nail art stall and an entertainment section for kids. a�?We will be having bommalattam (a puppet show) for them,a�? she offers.

    Eat, shop, see
    For shopaholics, the lifestyle boutique Ashvita will offer Chennai-based memorabilia like bags, cushion covers, T-shirts, iPhone cases and fridge magnets, while kitsch home dA�cor wil come in from Pink Jalebi, party wear and jewellery from Zahana and more kitsch products from Arty Souk, among others. a�?I have approached young entrepreneurs on social forums to give them a bigger platform. There is this girl who has gone to Goa and studied tea. She has different flavours like chilli tea, which she retails from Tree Trunk,a�? Alagiri shares. For snackers, Kodambakkam-based Midnight Masala offers biryani, chocolate and other specialities from Sandya��s, street food from Spoonbill and titbits like bhajji from Tea Kadai. a�?We also have a home baker, Piece of Cake, offering breads, sponge cakes, biscotti and cookies,a�? she says. Entertainment will come in from college rock band, Adam and Evil, tomorrow, and a contemporary dance troupe.

    Today and tomorrow at Wesley Grounds. 11 am onwards. Tickets are priced at Rs 50. Details: facebook.com/events/224931177683704/

    a��Madhuwanti Saha


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