LONG WEEKEND GUIDE: Village festival, stand-up comedy and live music in Pondicherry

It has been a while since we had one of these long weekends! Despite the blazing sun, we picked out the best things to do this Easter Weekend in Pondicherry- other than walking on the Promenade under the full moon, lounging at cafes and admiring Pondicherry’s heritage buildings and old houses.


1. Escape from the sun at these galleries

Head to this unusual exhibition of sculpted words !


Stephanie Gerbaud


Books and stories as sculptures- find out what artist Stéphanie Gerbaud has in store for you!

WHERE: Kalinka Gallery, Bazar St Laurent Street
WHEN: Opening on March 30; Till April 29 : 10- 1 pm and 3.30- 8 p.m.


Quench your thirst with these waterscapes of Pondy

Olympia Shilpa Gerald | Pondy Live


These photos of water from Pondy’s coast and countryside will make your parchedness go away. Organised by the Environmental Foundation of India (EFI),Pondicherry, the exhibit features work of students who propose solutions to Pondy’s water issues.

WHERE: Maison Colombani (Alliance Francaise), Rue Dumas
WHEN: Till April 1, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.



2. Laugh your way to the bank

Kiss the financial year-end goodbye with some slapstick comedy 


Pondicherry Komedians

Local comedy club, Pondicherry Komedians, who are changing Pondy’s stand-up comedy scene one gig at a time, are hosting Bangalore comic Kaushal Dayani this weekend. Tickets @ Rs. 100 here 

WHERE: Pelican Play House, 45 feet road, Balaji Nagar

WHEN: March 31, 6 p.m


RELATED: Get your comedy fix for the stressful financial year-end at this Pondicherry Komedians show


3.  Get a taste of village life

Visit the Auroville & Pondicherry Village Heritage Festival

Mohanam Cultural Centre


Buy  fresh produce at the farmer’s market, witness live demonstrations of sculpture and pottery, play forgotten traditional games, learn how to make some good old village delicacies and watch folk dances at the 5th Village Heritage Festival that celebrates the unique culture and crafts of the the border villages between Pondicherry and Auroville.

WHERE:  Mohanam Cultural Centre, Alankuppam (near Auroville)

WHEN: March 31 and April 1, 10 a.m- 5 p.m.


4. Paint walls for an environmental cause

Join the team of EFI volunteers by painting the walls near Veerampattinam Beach to help promote cleanliness at the beach.

WHERE: Veerampattinam Beach

WHEN: March 31, 3- 6 p.m.


5. Sample live music or sway to the groovy beats of a DJ

Click on the links below for details of venue, artistes and price of admission if any.


FRIDAY, March 30 : After 7 p.m.

Unnayanaa Live : Santhi Inn

WIF DJ Party : LB2 Lounge

Funky Friday : Asian House

What’s Brewing : Storyteller’s Bar


SATURDAY, March 31

Get Together : Hotel South Avenue

Crosskeys Night Commercial : Crosskeys Club

Full Moon Party : Asian House

 World Fusion: Kasha ki Aasha


6. Make something yummy

Mix some ice-cream flavours and win more ice cream

Get your gang together and mix some flavours to win vouchers at this new hangout in town.

WHERE: Creamy Station, Mission Street

WHEN: Till April 1


Learn how to grill chicken 

WHERE: SITA Cultural Centre, Candappa Mudaliar Street

WHEN: March 31, 3 p.m.