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    Très Court International Film Festival Promises to be Très Cool !

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Over the years, the short film format has increasingly gained recognition as an art form in its own right – both amongst critics and in the popular imagination. Keeping this growing interest in mind, Alliance Française de Bombay will bring exclusive screenings from the Très Court International Film Festival on June 13 and 14 in its Head Office at Theosophy Hall. […]

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    The Queens Hold Court!

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    The 11th Edition of in[Chorus] brought together Indian and Turkish musical traditions in the form of Queens of Melody – a unique musical encounter between Éléonore Fourniau (French vocalist and hurdy-gurdy player) and Nandini Shankar (Classical Indian violinist). Accompanied on the tabla by Abhishek Mishra, the dynamic duo married their exquisite styles with poignant sensitivity. After an initial residency in […]

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    AF Bhopal on ‘A Tranquil Journey’!

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    In line with its commitment to support artistic expression, Alliance française de Bhopal recently organised an exhibition of paintings by Veena Jain. Entitled ‘A Tranquil Journey’, the exhibition was inaugurated on April 27 by Dilip Suryavanshi and Seema Suryavanshi of Dilip Buildcon. The inauguration ceremony was followed by a poetry reading session by Hutashan Vajpeyi. The […]

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  • Zaheen Khan, Ujwal Nagar, and Noé Clerc

    in[Chorus] explores the Shades of Sound!

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Launched by Alliance Française de Delhi and Kalasetu in December 2016, in[Chorus] continued its ongoing series of musical meetings by organising Shades of Sound – an unusual collaboration between Noé Clerc (accordionist), Ujwal Nagar (Indian Classical Vocalist), and Zaheen Khan (percussionist). After a brief residency in Delhi (March 11-14), the trio captivated audiences through their unique renditions in Delhi (March 15), Chennai (March 17), Bangalore (March 19), and Pune […]

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  • (L to R) Fatima El Hassouni, Jerome Cury, and Ode Rosset - the original trio of 'Via'

    AF Trivandrum Brings ‘Via’ to India!

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Connoisseurs of Performing Arts were in for a pleasant surprise when Alliance Française de Trivandrum brought the ever-evolving production Via to India. The piece can best be described as an amalgamation of music, dance, and circus which is the result of an organic union between artists from different traditions. Every iteration is unique and responsive to the venue, audience, climate, and bodies […]

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    Painting French in Images with Emilie and Anne-Claire !

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    French author Anne-Claire Lévêque and French illustrator Emilie Camatte recently conducted a series of 12 writing-illustration workshops in the network of Alliances Françaises in India from January 28, 2019 to February 12, 2019 in collaboration with the French Institute in India.  The Alliance Française of Hyderabad piloted this ambitious tour which allowed approximately 200 learners of the French language […]

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  • Tita Nzebi at the Hard Rock Café on Park Street, Kolkata | Photo Credits - Charles Mallo

    Echoes of Nzebi Music in India!

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Within the framework of Francophonie 2019 celebrations, Alliance Française du Bengale piloted a series of three concerts by the Franco-Gabonese singer Tita Nzebi in the Indian Museum (Kolkata | March 16), Hard Rock Café (Kolkata | March 18), and Alliance Française de Lucknow (March 23). In Kolkata, the singer was accompanied by her musicians Serge ANANOU, Ivan RECHARD, and Georges DIEME whilst […]

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  • (L to R) Mahavir Chandrawat, Mathilde Vrignaud, and Soumitra Thakur

    Dancing with the Tree in India!

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    One of the most pressing concerns of our age is to bridge the widening rift between Nature and Humanity. Art can be a potent tool for generating conversation, communicating ideas, and mobilising the public into action. It is for this reason that in[Chorus] – an ongoing series of musical meetings co-organised by Alliance Française de […]

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    AF Bombay Gets Dramatic With SAPP

    Monday, April 15, 2019

    St. Andrew’s Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts (SAPP) recently collaborated with Alliance Française de Bombay for performing contemporary French plays in English twice a month. An interview with Dr. Omkar Bhatkar (Founder, SAPP) on what this collaboration entails : Hello! Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? I don’t know where to start […]

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    LINKFEST 2019 at AF Kathmandu

    Monday, April 15, 2019

    Within the framework of the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the Diplomatic Relations between France and Nepal, the 5th Edition of Linkfest was collectively organised by the French Embassy in Nepal, the Nepal Economic Forum, and Alliance Française Katmandou on January 31, 2019 at Hotel Himalaya (Kathmandu). This series of debates is designed to stimulate thinking […]

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Nos Alliances françaises

One of the artworks on display
Sep
15

Creative Expression at AF Hyderabad

Apart from being a French language-learning centre par excellence, Alliance Française Hyderabad is an active and engaged cultural institution. Within the framework of its commitment to nurturing local talent, the organisation recently hosted the first solo exhibition of paintings by Vasudha Muralikrishna from June 29, 2018 to July 15, 2018. These paintings are Vasudha’s means of communicating with the viewer […]

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The guitar duo R2T2 comprising of Raphaël Bereau and Tizoc Romero which performed at Pune on Aug 26, 2018
Sep
15

R2T2 strum up a storm at AF Pune

Much like the other Alliances in the India-Nepal network, Alliance Française de Pune is renowned for its commitment towards supporting cultural and artistic initiatives. It is within this framework that the concert of the renowned R2T2 Guitar Duo was organised in collaboration with the Poona Music Society on Aug 26, 2018. Comprising of Raphaël Bereau and Tizoc Romero, the duo […]

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An image from Maia Flore's exhibition 'Imagine France by the Sea' at AF Bangalore
Sep
13

French Seascapes at AF Bangalore

The French novelist Gustave Flaubert reportedly said that travelling makes one modest as it makes people realise the tiny place they occupy in the world. Indeed, we are often told that voyages are not really about the destination but about the journey itself. On a material level, this journey might be about external landscapes but […]

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Some ceramics by Nirmala Sharma - the piece on the right incorporates a poem by Anirudh Umat
Sep
13

Confluence of Ceramics and Poetry at AF Bhopal

Over the years, Alliance Française de Bhopal has earned a strong reputation for promoting Arts and Crafts in the region. While the organisation has been hosting painting exhibitions in its gallery on a regular basis, August 2018 brought a breath of fresh air to the premises with the exhibit Laya which brought ceramics, poetry, and paintings […]

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Apr
18

Rapping with a French Twist!

As part of Francophonie celebrations and in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada in India, the Senegalese-Quebecois rapper Webster performed for packed audiences in Mumbai (Mar 17), Bangalore (Mar 19), Chandigarh (Mar 22), and Delhi (Mar 23). Several workshops were also organised as part of this tour with sessions focusing on Canada’s multiculturalism, diversity, and francophone heritage. […]

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Apr
18

Ethno-Punk gets an Electric Look!

Launched in New Delhi in 2011, Tritha Electric is one of the most exciting acts on the indie music scene in India today. With compositions that mix psychedelic rock with classical Indian ragas and folk influences, the band’s soundscape oscillates between very different traditions and stretches the limits of language and genres. Much to the […]

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Apr
16

Jazz with a gypsy touch!

As a genre, jazz encompasses several distinct styles – each rooted in specific contexts and with their own unique histories. While certain schools of Jazz enjoy immense popularity around the world, others are appreciated only in small pockets. Gypsy Jazz happens to be one such style which has largely remained unnoticed in India despite an […]

The musicians on stage at Trivandrum
Apr
11

Folk music goes global with Bibi Tanga and Thakita

Despite the vast geographical distances which separate them, tribal and folk music traditions from around the world share strikingly similar rhythms and themes. It is this sense of synchronicity which was explored by Bibi Tanga in conjunction with the band Thakita. Thanks to a series of performances piloted by Alliance Française de Trivandrum, the group brought their […]

Patricia Poupon (Director, AF Bombay) at the inauguration of the exhibition along with the artist and Tapan Bhowmik (Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation)
Apr
3

Tigers Speak At AF Bhopal

Like the other Alliances in the India-Nepal network, Alliance Française de Bhopal regular supports artists – both seasoned and amateur – by providing them a reputed platform for their works. This month, the AF Bhopal gallery gave voice to the cause of conservation by hosting an exhibition on the mighty tigers. Entitled The Tiger Speaks, the exhibition […]

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Mar
15

Ephemeral Perfection With Hakanaï !

In Japanese, Hakanaï denotes something which is fleeting and delicate. An ancient word, it is written by combining the graphic characters symbolizing ‘man’ and ‘dream’. This symbolic convergence is the baseline of the 40-minute contemporary dance piece Hakanaï which explores the fragility of the human condition. As part of Bonjour India 2017-18 and in collaboration with […]

Rédaction

Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...