• Wajdi Mouawad

    Getting dramatic with Wajdi Mouawad!

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    The Lebanese-Canadian Writer, Actor, and Theatre Director Wajdi Mouawad was recently in India for a short but intense visit coordinated by Alliance Française de Bombay. The theatrical juggernaut is currently in the process of writing his latest piece Fauves and wanted to isolate himself in a country which he wasn’t familiar with to get his creative juices flowing. The visit […]

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  • Urban Folk Project at Akar Production's first rendition of 'Yellamma & Other Stories' in the presence of theur mentor Manjamma B Jogathi at AF Bangalore | Photo Courtesy of Urban Folk Project

    ‘Yellamma & Other Stories’ at AF Bangalore!

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    The Indian subcontinent has a long and richly-textured history of mythology, iconography, and practices. These lived traditions are so enmeshed in everyday life that it often becomes difficult to separate religion from culture. Many of the ancient stories that form our collective heritage are replete with complex female characters who forged their own paths. Keeping this lineage […]

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    Test Your Level in French With Ev@lang!

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Alliance Française de Bombay recently became the first Alliance in the India-Nepal network to incorporate Ev@lang – an online adaptive placement test for determining a candidate’s proficiency in French. The test has been conceived by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) – a public institution for the French Ministry of National Education which has been the global leader in Foreign Language Certification and […]

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    ‘Night of Ideas’ at Pune

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Every year, La nuit des idées or the Night of Ideas gives people the opportunity to discover the latest developments in Knowledge and Arts, to interact with people who are making cutting-edge contributions to their respective fields, and to discuss the primary concerns of our day and age. The 2019 edition of La nuit des idées took place on Jan 31, […]

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    Remembering the Holocaust at AF Bengale

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    The Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War is often considered as one of the darkest periods of human history. George Santayana’s oft-quoted adage states that people who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Keeping these words in mind, Alliance Française du Bengale organised several events on January 29, 2019 to commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance […]

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  • Stéphanie Pommeret (second from left) with the organising committee of  Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival and Richard Franco (Director, AF Lucknow)

    Stéphanie Pommeret in the City of Nawabs !

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    For the second year in a row, Alliance Française de Lucknow added a unique French touch to the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival (Feb 1 to 5) by hosting Stéphanie Pommeret. The French visual artist is known for her poetic works which highlight social issues. Her artistic residency in Lucknow is the result of an international collaboration between Côtes d’Armor le Département, […]

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  • (L to R) The writer Anne-Claire Lévêque and the illustraor Emilie Camatte

    Drawing French with Emilie and Anne-Claire !

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    Parler dans sa barbe [ speaking to one’s beard | signifies talking softly ], Attendre 107 ans [ waiting 107 years | signifies waiting for a long time ], Etre fleur bleue [ being a blue flower | signifies being sentimental or naive ] – French is full of vividly visual expressions! Discovering such expressions is a fun means of exploring and savouring the idiosyncracies of the language. It is […]

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    Learning To Teach French With DUFLE

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    The importance of French in today’s world is indisputable. France and French-speaking countries account for roughly 20% of world trade in goods. Forbes has also claimed that French could be the language of the future. Add to the mix its rich literary heritage along with its importance in diplomacy and it comes as no surprise […]

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  • Zoé Simpson

    Zoé Simpson – A Woman With A Voice !

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    In a world which seems far too keen on silencing women’s voices, the simple act of speaking up is a form of rebellion. The singer-songwriter Zoé Simpson is one such artist who seeks to give voice to the struggles of women through her music. Thanks to a series of performances organised by Gatecrash and Spedidam, the artist struck a […]

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    French Flair At Krishnakriti Festival 2019!

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

    Organised by the Krishnakriti Foundation on an annual basis, the Krishnakriti Festival is the first and the largest contemporary Art and Cultural event in Hyderabad. The extravaganza has a long history of celebrating French culture and has previously tied up with Bonjour India in 2010, 2013, 2017, and 2018. The theme of the 2019 edition of the gala was Heritage and […]

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Nos Alliances françaises

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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Aug
16

Inspiring Change at AF Trivandrum

Artistic collaborations are known to push creative boundaries and to catalyse change in an artist’s practice. A collaborative performance hence acquires an altogether different dimension when it is created with the explicit purpose of inspiring change – not just amongst the artists themselves but also in the larger public consciousness. Alliance Française de Trivandrum recently […]

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An image submitted by Constanza Portnoy - the winner of the 2018 edition of the Award
Aug
16

Through a Woman’s Eyes

Despite concerted efforts to achieve equality, women’s voices are frequently marginalised and even suppressed around the world. Not only does this lead to an unfortunate lack of diversity but can literally put women’s issues out of sight. Organised by the the International Women Photographers Association (IWPA), the International Women Photographers Award are part of the initiatives […]

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Vu en Inde

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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 […]

Avec l'équipe de l'AF Delhi
Mar
14

Visite du Président Macron à l’AF Delhi !

L’Alliance française de Delhi a eu le privilège de recevoir, samedi 10 mars 2018, le Président Français M. Emmanuel Macron ainsi que la Ministre Indienne des Affaires Etrangères Mme Sushma Swaraj. Au coeur de la galerie Romain Rolland, qui accueillait pour l’occasion l’exposition de l’Agence Française de Développement A world in common, les deux dignitaires ont […]

Weight of Joy
Mar
13

The Weight of Joy In India

Despite the changes in the discourse surrounding people with disabilities, there continues to be a lot of stigma associated with this particular demographic. A differently-able person can often find themselves being treated like they are lesser-than and their identity being reduced to their disability. French choreographer Eric Languet’s contemporary dance project The Weight of Joy challenges these notions and […]

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 ...