Martine Mallard

photography of Martine Mallard, creator of sita, cultural and traditional  space in PondicherryMartine has been living for over 20 years in India where she set up an interior design company.

After spending 7 years travelling the world on a sailboat with her family, Martine decided to settled in Kochi first and then in Pondicherry. This is where she opened a little furniture shop called Cottonwood while her husband opened a boat company.

Passionate about art restoration and painting, she works with several artists of Pondicherry and she has now become a master in the art of Tanjavur painting.

Moreover, Martine never stops, she opened a residential school for low caste and tribal children to allow them to have an education that they couldn't access in the standard system in which they are excluded.

Fleur Soumer

Photography of Fleur Soumer, creator of Sita, stages de cuisine, de danse indienne et de massages à Pondichéry

After five years of medical studies in France and Spain, Fleur went travelling around Asia to specialize in Oriental healing practices. Sincethen, she has been giving massages in Pondicherry for the last 8 years.The therapeutic team is now bigger and more and more persons are willing to understand ayurvedic medicine, that's why Fleur offers initiations to Ayurveda to allow everybody to live a healthier life.

Her other passion is dancing. Having done ballet for more than 20 years, as well as Baratanatyam that she has been learning since her arrival in India, she teaches to all the little ballerinas of Pondicherry. Fleur has more than one talent and when the cooking classes started, she has decided to offer a special class for kids. After 3 years doing competitions for the best chocolate moustaches, she passed the torch to the other cooking teachers to allow the kids to specialise in several themes such as Indian cooking or baking.

The fondness of good food

As they were tasting delicious Indian recipes and learning many secrets about its subtelties, Fleur and Martine came up with the idea of helping India fans to discover the richness of Indian cooking. In fact, Sita cultural centre has been created around coffee/Chai tea breaks, delicious meals mixing tamarind rice and rillettes toasts. So what would be more natural for those 2 food lovers than wanting to promote this art of cooking that gathers everyone!

In order to do this, they have received the help of an professional Indian cook, who has been a chef in a well-known restaurant in Pondicherry for more than 15 years.

Important Announcement

As per state government the reopening of schools are planned in January 2021, and considering that in account SITA will open door to some classes for kids like Ballet, Arts & Kids Cooking with specific timings.

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