The Sto­ry­tellers Bar


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The new­est address for craft cock­tails, de­li­cious food and live acts, The Sto­ry­tellers’ Bar is more than a bar, as the soul of the space is made of sto­ries, not brick and mor­tar. It re­veals nu­anced sto­ries of Pondicherry’s ex­cit­ing past, present and fu­ture. The ver­sa­tile space has been co-cre­ated by Dilip Ka­pur, Pres­i­dent, Hidesign; Sim­ran Mulchan­dani, Co-Founder Mach One As­so­ciates & Blue Frog; Ayaz Bas­rai, Co-Founder, Bus­ride De­sign Stu­dio and Kapil Thir­wani of Munro Acous­tics.

French Con­nec­tion

Lo­cated at Hidesign’s sea-fac­ing Prom­e­nade ho­tel, the Bar’s ar­chi­tec­ture is a quaint mix of the city’s French colo­nial vibe and its spir­i­tual roots. Much of the de­sign con­sid­er­a­tions came from the ac­tual site, with booths that tackle the long space, pas­tel shades to keep away from the un­der­ground vibe, and the use of lo­cal ma­te­ri­als — like In­dian Patent Stone (IPS), a ce­ment-based floor treat­ment com­monly used in South In­dia, and Chet­ti­nad tiles from its neigh­bour.

Dilip Ka­pur, Pres­i­dent, Hidesign

Mu­sic is the most widely en­joyed en­ter­tain­ment, and Pondicherry had no such space. There was a need to pro­vide a space for artists from our com­mu­nity, and to those who want to share their art with Pondicherry from all over the world

Sim­ran Mulchan­dani, Co-Founder Mach One As­so­ciates & Blue Frog

We are look­ing at theatre, com­edy, po­etry, film, photography, art as sto­ries can be ex­pressed in so many ways and The Sto­ry­tellers’

Bar has been set up to ex­plore those av­enues. Also it isn’t just our vi­sion, this is a com­mu­nity project and we want the com­mu­nity, be it res­i­dents of Pondicherry and Auroville, or vis­i­tors to the town, to con­trib­ute with their thoughts, sug­ges­tions and sto­ries.

Tales At The Bar

Ac­cord­ing to the founders, The Sto­ry­tellers’ Bar dé­cor is in­flu­enced by the rich le­gends and ro­mances that float around the city: of ghosts and sea­men, of aus­tere yo­gis and hip­pies, of vis­i­tors and res­i­dents. The high­light of the space is the slop­ing ceil­ing, with the gold let­tered sig­nage, The Sto­ry­tellers’ Bar, is abode to about 150 hard­bound books from the lo­cal Puducherry vin­tage book store. The jour­nals or ‘Story Books’ that guests fill out with their tales, will be­come part of the pro­duc­tion and evo­lu­tion of the wall of sto­ries.

Songs, Acts & More

A multi-faceted space that is a bar / cul­tural hub in the evenings, sup­ports in­ti­mate jazz gigs; larger world mu­sic / ex­per­i­men­tal shows; po­etry, film fes­ti­vals, DJs. Pa­trons can or­der a drink, and en­joy the Bar’s sta­teof-the-art acous­tics, de­signed by Kapil Thir­wani. The Sto­ry­tellers’ Bar will cu­rate a wide-rang­ing pro­gram­ming cal­en­dar featuring prom­i­nent acts from Pondicherry, In­dia and around the world. Dilip Ka­pur ex­plains, “Hav­ing grown up in Auroville and Pondicherry, cul­tural ex­changes have al­ways been a part of my life. This project is an ode to those who share my pas­sion for ad­ven­ture, ex­plo­ration and weav­ing to­gether his­tor­i­cal sto­ries and le­gends. It’s what makes up the so­cial fab­ric of a place.” •

The space is a blend of the French Colo­nial trop­i­cal vibe to the Aurobindo Ashram’s as­ceti­cism, to Auroville’s quirky, sus­tain­able aes­thetic.

One of the Bar’s prom­i­nent fea­tures is the in­ter­ac­tive ‘Wall of Sto­ries’, high­light­ing mem­o­ra­bilia, props and in­ter­est­ing anec­dotes from trav­ellers and lo­cals – sto­ries that you won’t find in guide­books.

De­sign Bus­ride De­sign Stu­dio Ac­cous­tics Munro Acous­tics

The bar is a col­lec­tive mu­seum of the com­mu­nity’s mem­o­ries

Ayaz Bas­rai, Co-Founder, Bus­ride De­sign Stu­dio At The Sto­ry­tellers’ Bar, we’ve tried to cre­ate a time­less de­sign lan­guage, rooted in the her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture of beau­ti­ful Pondicherry. We’ve aimed to cre­ate a whim­si­cal, fun, yet at­ti­tudedriven bar,...

Kapil Thir­wani, Munro Acous­tics The space is long so we have speak­ers by UK brand, Tur­bosound, at in­ter­vals so that peo­ple can hear the mu­sic at the same level no mat­ter where they are. We’ve also done the sound sys­tem tun­ing to a stu­dio’s...

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