THE STO­RY­TELLERS’ BAR

VM&RD - - The Storytellers’ Bar - Chanda P Ku­mar

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.

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.

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

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