• The Cziffra duo comprising of (L to R) Jean-Nöel Dubois and Ludmilla Guilmault

    AF Ahmedabad Brings the Cziffra Duo to India!

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    One Piano. Four Hands! While the network of Alliances Françaises in India is no stranger to unique musical acts, Cziffra Duo’s fresh take on scholarly music inspired from folklore-related themes undoubtedly takes the cake! Comprising of two concert pianists, Ludmilla Guilmault and Jean-Nöel Dubois, the highly-decorated duo has performed in recitals all over the world and is the […]

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  • The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    AF Ahmedabad Launches Surat Centre with Auro University

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad recently inaugurated its Surat Center in collaboration with Auro University on Aug 3, 2019. The Centre is located within the premises of Auro University and will offer French language Classes along with Cultural Activities to the denizens of this crucial port city. It will also initiate partnerships between French and Indian universities for Academic and Student Exchange. […]

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  • All the regional finalists with the jury at AF Madras

    Eloquence on the menu of Alliances in India!

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    A prestigious annual elocution competition in France, Eloquentia provides young adults a platform to express themselves on a wide variety of topics whilst competing for the title of the best orator. This year marks the first time in the history of Eloquentia that Indian students aged between 18 to 25 years and with a minimum B1 level in […]

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  • 'Landscape 1' by BK Nar Bahadur

    Franco-Nepali Painting Exhibition at AF Kathmandu

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Within the framework of the 70 year celebrations of Franco-Nepali bilateral relations and amity, Alliance Française Kathmandu hosted a painting exhibition of four contemporary artists from the two countries from July 16 to July 31. The artists featured in the exhibition included Kiran Manandhar, Vincent Greby, Sagar Manandhar, and BK Nar Bahadur. Even though the four painters […]

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  • Marie Pezelet performs 'Daksha' at AF Gurgaon

    Dance Meets Martial Arts with ‘Daksha’ at AF Gurgaon

    Monday, August 26, 2019

    The Gurgaon Center of Alliance Francaise de Delhi recently had the pleasure of hosting the dance recital Daksha on February 16. The event brought together the danseuse Marie Pezelet with Pt. Ghanshyam Sisodia on the Sarangi and Subhasis Sabyasachi Ghosh on the Pakhawaj. The performance was part of a series entitled Engaging with Inequalities and saw Pezelet exploring the ephemeral boundries […]

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  • Sunset at Mont Saint-Michel

    Anal Nayak – To Paris And Beyond!

    Thursday, August 22, 2019

    Within the framework of the 80th Anniversary Celebrations of Alliance Française de Bombay, the organisation had organised the Win a Trip to Paris writing competition. Anal Nayak, a B1 Student of the institute, walked away with the Grand Prize of the Jury – a return ticket to Paris ! Given below is an interview with him : Can you please tell […]

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  • The English translation of Revolution and The French Establishments in India (1790-1793)

    Book Launch : The Revolution and French Establishments in India (1790-93)

    Friday, July 26, 2019

    Alliance française du Bengale in association with the Consulate General of France in Calcutta, the French Institute in India, and Setu Prakashani recently launched the English translation of Marguerite V. Labernadie’s book The Revolution and French Establishments in India (1790-93) on July 4, 2019. The book has been edited by Arghya Bose and translated by him in collaboration with Sandhia Vasseur. […]

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    AF Bengale Celebrates World Environment Day!

    Friday, July 26, 2019

    Exacerbated by human apathy, the world is currently facing an unprecedented environmental crisis. An increase in the Earth’s average surface temperature, changing precipitation patterns, sea level modifications, mass extinctions, and weather extremes have become the defining characteristics of the Anthropocene Era. First held in 1974, the World Environment Day has become the United Nation’s principal annual event to highlight and curb this […]

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  • The team of AF Ahmedabad and the Baroda Annex at the inauguration of the latter

    New Premises for AF Baroda !

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    The third largest city in the Indian State of Gujarat, the sanskari nagari of Baroda is an important historical, academic, and administrative hub. Recognising its importance, Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad had established an annex in the city sixteen years ago in 2003. This annex marked an important milestone on July 8, 2019 as it shifted base to its new premises in the Nizampura area near […]

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    Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ at AF Bangalore

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    Described as the Father of realism, the Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet Henrik Ibsen is often credited with being one of the founders of modernism in theatre. An influential figure of his time, Ibsen continues to remain the most frequently performed dramatist in the world today after Shakespeare. In homage to this creative genius, the Pune-based theatre group The Drama […]

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Nos Alliances françaises

(L to R) Nadir Godrej, Sonia Barbry, Bertrand de Hartingh, Frédéric Simon, and Asad Laljee
Jan
4

AF Bombay Turns 80 !

December 13, 2018 marked a momentous occasion in the history of Alliance Française de Bombay as the organisation celebrated its 80th anniversary with a full-house performance of Kathakali-King Lear in the historic Royal Opera House! The event was followed by a Reception for various dignitaries along with the Committee Members, Partners, Teachers, and Staff of the organisation. Established in Mumbai in […]

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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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Vu en Inde

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 […]

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 […]

The Panel Discussion in Progress
Aug
15

Discussing Culture at AF Kathmandu

Nepal has always existed at an interesting crossroads of sorts with India, China, Tibet, the Islamic world, and Europe. Over the years, this rich diversity of identities has given birth to several cross-cultural intersections. However, in the contemporary context of accelerated globalization, multiculturalism has gone international at an unprecedented scale and become starkly different. It is becoming increasingly important to create […]

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Jul
18

Mirrors of The Soul at AF Bengale

Over the years, Alliance Française du Bengale has carved a niche for itself in the metropolis of Kolkata. Apart from being a French language-learning institute of repute, the organisation is also recognised as an active and engaged cultural centre. It is within this framework that the ambitious Theatre Adda program was launched in collaboration with […]

A sculpture by Tushar Sawant
Jul
12

‘Rhythm of Expression’ at AF Bhopal

Part of the mission of an Alliance Française is to encourage local artists by giving them a platform to showcase their work. Within this framework, Alliance française de Bhopal recently hosted Rhythm of Expression – an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Tushar Sawant. Inaugurated on May 4, 2018 by the eminent artist Akhilesh Varma, the exhibition drew […]

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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 ...