Wednesday, 21 February – friday, 4 March
EXHIBITION: 18 Artists of Pondicherry | Alliance Francaise de Pondicherry Maison Colombani, 37 Rue Dumas | 9:00 to 18:30, daily
saturday, 30 DECEMBER 2017
DANCE: AH SU RA | Gratitude Heritage Guest House, 54 Rue Roman Rolland | 19:00 to 20:00
Dance legend Anita Ratnam returns to open the PHF, along with greats Sharmila Biswas and Geeta Chandran. This new collaborative piece, AH SU RA, tells the stories of three less-explored, “darker” characters from the Ramayana. Ms. Ratnam will perform Ahalya in a contemporary dance style; Ms. Biswas will interpret Surpanakha through Odissi; and Ms. Chandran will use Bharatanatyam to convey Ravana.
thursday, 18 January
FESTIVAL OPENING: Painting Together for Pondicherry’s Heritage | Gandhi Thidal | 16: 00 to 19:00
Silhouettes of Pondicherry’s rich and diverse architectural heritage and streetscapes, folk art forms, games and literature will be painted by students to formally launch the festival. These panels will be displayed along the Marie compound wall. This will be colourful event in every sense of the word!
friday, 19 January
DISCUSSION: A Pondicherrians’ Forum: West of the Grand Canal: How to Save Our Streetscapes and Buildings? | Mansion Calve, 36 Vysial Street | 17:00 to 19:00
Join a discussion, opened by four Pondicherrians, on the ways in which the unique character and charm of the boulevard town, west of the Grand Canal, can be preserved while the remaining vital and productive. This event is presented by Interviewing India and Pondy Live.
BOOK LAUNCH: Ari Gauthier’s “Le Thinnai” | Alliance française de Pondichéry | 58 Rue Suffren | 19:00 to 20:00
Ari Gauthier launches his new book, “Le Thinnai” at the auditorium of Alliance francaise de Pondichery. This is an AFP event.
saturday, 20 January
EXCURSION: Exploring Tirubhuvanai | Meet at Fire Station, Subbiah Salai, for transport to Tirubhuvanai | 15:30 for transport, 16:15 to 18:30
A guided tour of the Chola Temples, tanks, and farmlands of Tirubhuvanai, led by Venkat G, researcher of the social sciences department of the IFP. For those travelling independently, meet at the entrance to Panchanadisvara Temple, at Villipuram Main Road.
SHADOW PUPPETRY: Scenes from the Ramayana | Vardharaja Perumal Kovil, Tirubhuvanai | 18:30 to 20:00
CANCELLED. The tour of Thirubhuvanai will go forward. Return transport to Subbiah Salai will now depart Thirubhuvanai following the excursion, around 18:30.
Ninth Generation shadow puppeteer Kuppuswamy will enchant the audience with episodes from the Ramayana, with the magnificent backdrop of a Chola temple. Group transport returns after the show.
sunday, 21 January
DANCE: Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam Performance by Nandhini & Company | Cluny Embroidery Centre, 46 Rue Romain Rolland | 19:00 to 20:00
Tuesday, 23 January
DANCE: Ghungroo Tales – Kathak Dance by Jasmin Sarkar | Gratitude Heritage Guest House, 52 Rue Romain Rolland | 19:00 to 20:00
wednesday, 24 January
LITERARY EVENT: “Dance as Yoga” by Rekha Tandon | Palais de Mahe, 4 Rue Bussy | 18:00
Odissi dancer Rekha Tandon will discuss her just-released book, “Dance as Yoga: the spirit and technique of Odissi”.
Friday, 26 January
WALKING TOUR: French Connection Trail | Meet in front of the Chief Secretariat, Goubert Avenue | 15:30 to 17:30
Join Storytrails for a tour of le quartier français to see some of the less-known gems of colonial architecture and hear interesting stories about the French experience in India.
saturday, 27 January
WALKING TOUR: Heritage Trail | Meet at Barathi Park | 15:30 to 17:30
OPEN HOUSE: French Institute of Pondicherry | 11, Rue St. Louis | 14:30 to 17:00
OPEN HOUSE: Cluny Embroidery Center | 46, Rue Romain Rolland | 14:30 to 17:00
OPEN HOUSE: Ecole Francaise d’Extereme-Orient | 16, Rue Dumas | 14:30 to 17:00
sunday, 28 January
EXCURSION: Bird Watching at Oussudu Lake | Meet at Fire Station, Subbiah Salai for transport to Oussudu Lake by 7:30 | 8:30 to 11:30
Celebrate the upcoming World Wetlands Day! Raphael Mathevet, Head of the Ecology Department at IFP and Pondicherry ornithologist Bubesh Gupta will lead a bird watching walk at Pondicherry’s most important water body. For those travelling independently, meet at the boathouse.
OPEN HOUSE: Mahakavi Barathiar Museum, 95 Eswaran Dharmaraja Kovil Street | 14:30 to 17:00
WALKING TOUR: Exploring theTamil Quarter | Meet in front of Indian Coffee house, 125 Jawaharlal Nehru Street | 15:30 – 17:30
LITERARY EVENT: The Poetry of Varakavi | Natura Ashram, 38 Mariammam Kovil Street, Kathirkamam | 16:30 to 17:30
Remembering Shri Varakavi Subramania Swamigal, a hermit and a poet whose poems envision the reader to the spiritual, natural, cultural and humanitarian aspects of life. The collection of his poetry is an evident artefact of the lifestyle of people in his period. A few poems about Puducherry are to be recited during at his home on the occasion of his second Guru Pooja.
thursday, 25 January – sunday, 28 January
EXHIBITION & SALE: Terra Pondy – Studio Potters’ Market | Maison Colombani, 37 Rue Dumas | 10:00 to 18:00, daily
16 Studio potters from Pondicherry, Auroville and Chennai come together to showcase their exclusive handmade pottery. Workshops for handmade pottery will be conducted throughout the day on all three days. Space is limited and preregistration is requested.
EXHIBITION & SALE: Made in Pondy | Craft Bazaar, Gandhi Thidal | 11:00 to 21:00, daily
Come see products and craftwork made exclusively by Pondicherry producers. Find books written by Pondicherry writers. Join us for the inauguration of this great annual event on Thursday, 25 January at 16:00.
monday, 29 January
LITERARY EVENT: “Auroville: A City for the Future” by Anu Majumdar | Palais de Mahe, 4 Rue Bussy | 18:00
Anu Majumdar, will discuss her recently published book “Auroville: A City for the Future”.
tuesday, 30 January
CONCERT & TALK: Songs of Poet Subramania Bharati | Mahakavi Bharati Museum, 95 Eswaran Dharmaraja Koil Street | 18:30 to 19:30
After a short talk on Subramania Bharati, Shoba Raghavan’s students will sing songs of revolutionary poet and Pondicherry’s icon.
Wednesday, 31 January
FILM SCREENING: Life of Pi | Storyteller’s Bar, Promenade Hotel, 23 Goubert Avenue | 19:00
The Tuesday Film Club presents Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s Pondicherry fable.
thursday, 1 February
STUDENT COMPETITION: The Pondicherry Heritage Quiz | Alliance française de Pondichéry, 58 Rue Suffren | 10:00 to 16:00
Students in two age groups (6th – 8th Standard & 9th – 12th Standard) will compete in the first annual inter-school Pondicherry Heritage Quiz Competition. The event is designed to foster a deeper understanding of the history and cultural heritage of this unique town. Participating schools must register by 31 January, using the form provided via the link below.
LITERARY EVENT: “The Mysterious Virus” by Vipanchi Nayak | Palais de Mahe, 4 Rue Bussy | 18:00
5th Grade student Vipanchi Nayak discusses her new sci-fi detective novel, “The Mysterious Virus”, as well as the rights of children and animal rights issues that inform her work.
saturday, 3 February
EXCURSION & FILM: India’s Disappearing Beaches | Storyteller’s Bar, Promenade Hotel, 23 Goubert Avenue | 15:30 to 18:30
Aurofilio Schiavina of PondyCAN will screen a documentary “India’s disappearing beaches – a wake up call” followed by a presentation on the current Pondicherry Beach Restoration Project. This will be followed by a field visit along the coast.
Spiritual: Vedic Chanting | Ecole francaise d’Extreme-Orient, 19 Rue Dumas | 18:00 to 19:00
Twenty five students of Sanskrit Vedapathshala will chant from the Vedas.
THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY
Spiritual: Koranic Recitation | Crescent Higher Secondary School, 568 MG Road | 15:00 to 15:30
Students of Crescent Higher Secondary School will recite from the Koran.
Lecture and Dance Demonstration: Veṇkalac Cilai – Innovation as Tradition | French Institute of Pondicherry, 11 Rue St. Louis |17:00 to 18:30
Recognized as a “traditional” Indian dance, Bharatanatyam is also described as a “modern” re-invention of from traditional elements in the 1930s. Dr. Nancy Boissel-Cormier is asking deep questions about the heritage of Bharatanatyam through analysis of three dance pieces recently choreographed by Kalaimamani Kuttalam M. Selvam, from the Naṭuvāṉār community.
saturday, 10 February – Sunday, 11 february
PHOTO CONTEST: Streetscapes of Pondicherry | INTACH, 62 Aurobindo Street | 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00 on Sunday
The Pondicherry Rivage Ladies Circle 47 present a photo competition on the theme of “Streetscapes of Pondicherry”. Everyone should participate! Prizes will be awarded at 18:30 on 11 February at Hotel De L’Orient, 17 Rue Romain Rolland, before the Garba Folk Dancing event.
saturday, 10 February
EXCURSION: Sacred Grove Walk | Keezhputhupettu Aiyyanar Temple | 9:00 to 10:00
AURA journeys (Sri Aurobindo Society) are organizing this introductory and awareness walk on Sacred Groves. Organized transport pick up from the AURA store on Goubert Avenue between Sea Side Guest House and The Retreat Guest House at 8:30 sharp. Limited seats for transport, first come first server basis.
DANCE: Odissi Performance by Aneesh Raghavan | Consulat général de France à Pondichéry, 2 Rue de la Marine | 19:00 to 20:00
ADVANCED REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED.
sunday, 11 February
PHOTO CONTEST: Awards for photo competition winners| Dune Orient, 17 Rue Romain Rolland | 18:30 to 19:00
DANCE: Garba Folk Dancing | Hotel De L’Orient, 17 Rue Romain Rolland | 19:15 to 20:15
The Gujarati community has always been an integral part of Pondicherry since many years and has played a crucial and important role to enhance the Heritage of Pondicherry. To showcase the Heritage of Pondicherry, which believes in Unity in Diversity, the Rangleela Group will be presenting the Cultural Dance of Gujarat: The Garba And Dandiya Raas.
monday, 12 February – sunday, 18 February
EXHIBITION: Traces in Time: Pondicherry – Indochine | Kusum’s Home, 7 Rue de la Caserne | 10:00 to 21:00, daily
Tuesday, 13 February
CHILDREN’S EVENT: Colouring Book Launch | Consulat général de France à Pondichéry, 2 Rue de la Marine | 16:30 to 18:00
The Consul General of France will launch the heritage colouring book and students will then proceed to colour the books on the lawns of the consulate, after a short tour of this heritage building. This event is by invitation only.
Wednesday, 14 February
Music: Welcoming the Spring | Alliance Francaise Auditorium, 58 Rue Suffren | 19:00 to 20:30
Friday, 16 February
FILM & TALK: Discover Bahour | Storyteller’s Bar, Promenade Hotel, 23 Goubert Avenue | 15:30 to 17:00
Probir Banerjee of PondyCAN will screen a documentary on Bahour, showing the various aspects of its ancient heritage dating back to the Chola period and talk about how some of those ancient practises are not only relevant today but also effectively used.
sunday, 18 February
EXCURSION: Exploring Bahour | Meet at the Fire Station, Subbaiah Salai, for transport to Bahour | 14:30 for transport, 15:00 to 17:30
A tour of the Bahour commune through fields and irrigation tanks and channels and the Bahour lake and the Moolanathasamy Temple.