• 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

The three participating artists - Lorella Paleni (France), Christian Bold (Germany), and Ina Kaur (India) - at Shantiniketan for the Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata 2018
Dec
16

Indo-European Residency 2.0 at AF Bengale

For the second consecutive year, Alliance Française du Bengale and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata in collaboration with CIMA and Kala Bhavana (Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan) organised the interdisciplinary Indo-European Residency Project Kolkata. This initiative was supported by the French Institute in India. The residency took place over a period of seven weeks in West Bengal and was split into […]

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A still from 'Kathakali-King Lear'
Dec
16

Kathakali Meets Shakespeare !

Four decades ago, the French dancer and choreographer Annette Leday decided to merge her passion for theatre and dance by learning Kathakali. After her training in Tamil Nadu and later Kerala, she traveled extensively with her troupe to perform across the world. A fateful encounter with the Australian playwright David McRuvie in Paris gave birth […]

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A still from 'Zoom Dada'
Dec
16

Shaking things up with Zoom Dada !

An art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century, Dadaism was a form of artistic anarchy born out of disgust for the social, political and cultural values of the time. Inspired by the anti-bourgeois ethos of Dadaism along with Burlesque cinema and photography, Stéphane Fortin founded Théâtre Bascule in Normandy in 2015. The group recently brought their unique […]

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Olivier Moulin
Dec
15

A Musical Tribute to Debussy and Hazrat Inayat Khan !

Hailed by the Washington Post as a « young artist displaying maturity and elegance », the french pianist Olivier Moulin was recently on a multi-city tour in India piloted by Alliance Francaise Hyderabad. The young musician is renowned for the intensity and emotional maturity of his performances. Olivier’s prowess can be gleaned from the fact that he was unanimously awarded the first prize with […]

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Vu en Inde

Gaël de Kerguenec (Directeur, AF Ahmedabad)
Nov
5

Nouveau Directeur à l’AF Ahmedabad

Bonjour, je suis Gaël de Kerguenec, nouveau directeur de l’Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad dans le Gujarat. Ma formation initiale en linguistique et informatique m’a mené initialement au traitement automatique des langues. Je l’ai enseigné aux universités de Paris Sorbonne et de Lille et j’ai travaillé comme chercheur dans des laboratoires de recherche en ingénierie linguistique dans […]

Julien (far right) interacting with visitors at AF Ahmedabad
Oct
17

Art Speaks at AF Ahmedabad

Much like the other Alliances in the India-Nepal network, Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad is committed to nurturing cultural and artistic initiatives in the region. It is within this framework that Art Speaks – a platform beyond borders of artists and thinkers – was launched. The objective of the platform is to bring artists and audiences together under […]

An image from the upcoming exhibition 'Livres en vie' at AF Delhi | Photo Credits - Jean-Marc Godès
Oct
16

Livres en vie at AF Delhi

There is an oft-quoted adage which states that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is related to a phenomenon called Picture Superiority Effect wherein images are more likely to be remembered than words. It is curious then to explore the works of the artist-photographer Jean-Marc Godès whose entire artistic research is dedicated to the […]

Adèle Spieser (Directrice, Alliance Française de Pune)
Oct
15

Nouvelle Directrice à l’AF Pune

Située dans le Maharashtra, Pune est une ville universitaire, très dynamique et en pleine expansion. L’Alliance française y est implantée depuis plus de quarante ans, intégrée dans les locaux du centre culturel Kalachhaya – lieu d’arts vivants, espace de danse, école de musique, galerie d’art… Portée par une équipe et un comité passionnés, l’Alliance Française […]

De gauche à droite : Jean-François Ramon (Directeur, AF Delhi), Guillaume Grangeon (Directeur adjoint) et Tamanna Kapur (Secrétaire générale)
Oct
4

Nouveau Directeur adjoint à l’AF Delhi

Pur produit ERASMUS, j’ai découvert la mobilité grâce à ce magnifique programme qui m’emmena en Galice, où je transmis la langue française pour la première fois. Grisé par cette première aventure hors de France, je parcourus le monde sur les 4 continents et enseignai à Detroit, en Namibie, en Chine. A La Antigua Guatemala, je […]

Johanna Roth (Directrice, AF Panjim)
Oct
1

Nouvelle Directrice à l’AF Panjim

Je m’appelle Johanna Roth, j’ai 27 ans et je suis originaire de Saint-Affrique (avec deux “f”), une petite ville située dans le sud-ouest de la France, dans le département de l’Aveyron, où est produit le fromage de Roquefort et où se trouve le viaduc de Millau, entre autres richesses de son terroir. J’habite à la […]

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 ...