French Flair At Krishnakriti Festival 2019!

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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 Urban Culture and Alliance Française Hyderabad enthusiastically participated in the same by organising an audiovisual 3D Mapping Projection (by Delphine Delas and Nicolas Louvancourt) and a concert (by Zoé Simpson) on Jan 6, 2019 at the Qutub Shahi Tombs.  

A glimpse of the 3D Mapping Projection by Delphine Delas and Nicolas Louvancourt at the Qutub Shahi Tombs on Jan 6

A glimpse of the 3D Mapping Projection by Delphine Delas and Nicolas Louvancourt at the Qutub Shahi Tombs on Jan 6

For the 3D Mapping Projection, the Bordeaux-based artist Delphine chose the Tomb of Abdullah Qutub Shah as it is an emblematic monument in Hyderabad.  The work was inspired by Prashant Lahoti’s collection of old maps and traced the urban and environmental evolution of the city. Her visual projection was set to music by Nicolas – a French electronic musician from Bordeaux. The projection was an important highlight of the Krishnakriti Festival and drew large crowds. Delphine ended the piece on a poignant note by depicting humans and animals coexisting happily in the hustle and bustle of contemporary Hyderabad. The 3D Mapping Projection was made possible with the support of Bordeaux Métropole and the French Institute in India.

Delphine Delas (right) and Nicolas Louvancourt (left) with Aude-Emeline Loriot-Nurbianto (Director, AF Hyderabad | centre)

(L to R) Nicolas Louvancourt, Rekha Lahoti, Aude-Emeline Loriot-Nurbianto (Director, AF Hyderbad), François Gautier (Consul General of France, French Consulate in Bangalore), and Delphine Delas at the Tomb of Abdullah Qutub Shah

An electro-pop jazz concert by the French artist Zoé Simpson followed the projection. The singer and her bandmates were on a multi-city tour in India piloted by Gatecrash to promote her album Femme Debout. The Hyderabad leg of the tour was organised by Alliance Française Hyderabad for the Krishnakriti Festival. Zoé’s songs deal with issues pertaining to women, human rights, religious fundamentalism, resilience, and love. Despite the fact that she sang in French, she had the crowd swaying in rhythm to her music. The programme concluded with a performance by Hariharan wherein he soulfully rendered romantic ghazals under a moonlit sky at the Mausoleum!

A glimpse into Zoé's performance

A glimpse into Zoé’s performance

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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

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Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

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