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

    It’s the month of festivities and the perfect setting for carnivals and fairs. That’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 Sandy’s, Spoonbill, Pink Jalebi, Arty Souk and more. “We are mixing up a traditional sandhai or fair in an urban set up,” Alagiri, 25, says, adding that there will be stalls selling goli soda, bangles, ribbons, titbits like bhajjis and sugarcane juice. “I want to give the city a carnival experience, be it shopping, food or entertainment,” 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. “We are going to be educating the public about the evolution of sandhai by drawing a timeline near the entrance,” she reveals. Not to be missed is a photo booth, a nail art stall and an entertainment section for kids. “We will be having bommalattam (a puppet show) for them,” 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 décor wil come in from Pink Jalebi, party wear and jewellery from Zahana and more kitsch products from Arty Souk, among others. “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,” Alagiri shares. For snackers, Kodambakkam-based Midnight Masala offers biryani, chocolate and other specialities from Sandy’s, street food from Spoonbill and titbits like bhajji from Tea Kadai. “We also have a home baker, Piece of Cake, offering breads, sponge cakes, biscotti and cookies,” 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/

    —Madhuwanti Saha

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