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Workshops that make you extra smart at the concert hall and in the garden. Plus, comedy at the theatre
 

Know your raaga
With the ongoing Margazhi season, brush up on your kirtis and swaras. Prince Rama Varma—a classical musician, performing vocalist and veena player—is holding a workshop. Participants will get to listen to rare compositions by various composers and learn techniques of improvisation. At Anandha Inn, tomorrow and Sunday. From 9 am onwards. Registration fee is Rs.750. Details: 0413 2233000

No strings attached
Did you always want to learn a musical instrument? Ravi from Auroville conducts regular veena classes. Participants can learn the basics of the instrument, strumming techniques and various raagas. At Yatra Arts Foundation, today, from 5 pm onwards.
Details: 0413 2623071

Print alert
Get ready Pondicherry, Anokhi is coming to town. The store that has transformed traditional block-printing through contemporary designs, is opening its doors on December 15 in the heart of the French quarters, on Caserene Street. Expect all the favourites—from garments, both Indian and Western in design, to colourful home textiles and striking accessories. Details: 9840172204

Farm friendly
With many opting to go back to their roots and start farming, this course is timely and effective. Besides a permaculture design course, organised by Sapney Organic Farm, learn about climate change, existing economic and social challenges and more. The course starts today and goes on till December 29. At Heal the Soil CSA , from 9 am onwards. Course fee is Rs.630, including accommodation and meals. Details: healthesoilcsa.org

Dark fantasy
This is one for the chocoholics.
Zuka is organising its fifth annual Chocolate Festival. Spread over five days, you can sample a variety of truffles and origin chocolates from places like Madagascar, Ghana and Venezuela, besides tasting delicacies like Italian chocolate biscotti, fruit and nut chocolate pakoras, chocolate pizzas, cake shakes and Hawaiian hot chocolate. Three varieties of chocolate Yule logs will also be on sale. From December 17-21. From Rs.20 onwards. Details: 0413 2221191

Just for laughs
The classic comedy, The Odd Couple,
is being staged today. Directed by Francesca Ernlia Papale, the play— about two contradictory roommates—will star actors from Auroville like Otto, Krishna McKenzie and Kripa. At Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, starting today till Sunday, from 8 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2622887

— Team Indulge

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