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

    Indo-European Residency 2.0 at AF Bengale

    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    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'

    Kathakali Meets Shakespeare !

    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    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'

    Shaking things up with Zoom Dada !

    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    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

    A Musical Tribute to Debussy and Hazrat Inayat Khan !

    Saturday, December 15, 2018

    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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  • 'Step on' by Iranna GR

    ‘Engaging with Inequalities’ at Gurgaon

    Saturday, December 15, 2018

    Within the framework of the initiative Engaging with inequalities, the Gurgaon centre of Alliance Française de Delhi has consciously been looking at different aspects of exclusions in practice. The goal is to find creative ways of engaging with these tendencies by bringing together literature, music, performance, visual art, and academic work on the same platform. Keeping this goal […]

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  • The volunteers for the 2018 edition of Planet Nepal

    AF Kathmandu Champions the Cause of the Environment !

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    2018 marked the fifth edition of PLANET NEPAL – an annual festival organised by Alliance Française Katmandou to highlight environmental issues. This year’s edition drew attention to our excessive dependance on plastic products and the disastrous pollution that it causes. The festival started with a bang on November 23, 2018 at Alliance Française Katmandou with an opening […]

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  • FOR HOME PAGE OF AF BOMBAY

    80th Anniversary of AF Bombay!

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    2018 offers us an important opportunity to commemorate the centenary of the end of one of the most tragic wars in history on November 11 – a war that should have been « la Der des Der ». As a happy counterpoint, it is also the time to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Alliance Française […]

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  • A performance of 'Puppet Swing' in progress

    Making Puppets Dance To Their Tunes!

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Back in December 2016, Alliance Française de Delhi and the cultural organisation Kalasetu had launched a unique initiative in the form of an ongoing series of musical meetings called in[Chorus]. The goal of the same was to promote traditional South Asian Performing Arts by providing a platform to musicians of all genres from India and France. The third in[Chorus] […]

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  • Maud Andrieux

    For The Love Of l’Amant

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    In the pantheon of French literary giants, Marguerite Duras holds a special place. Indeed, few are the ones who can resist the delicate musicality and the sensuality of her prose. Amongst her admirers is the fellow French thespian Maud Andrieux who was in India recently for a series of performances of her solo show L’Amant which is […]

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  • Avec quelques enseignantes du réseau des Alliances en Inde

    Première université BELC La Réunion

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Organisée par le Centre local du CIEP à La Réunion, financée par l’Union Européenne (INTERREG) et le Conseil Régional de La Réunion, en partenariat avec l’Université  et l’Académie de La Réunion, l’Ile de La Réunion Tourisme, le Lycée Bois Joly et la Fondation Alliance Française, la toute première université BELC (Bureau pour l’Enseignement de la Langue et de la Civilisation Françaises) a eu lieu […]

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Nos Alliances françaises

One of the artworks on display
May
16

Exploring Seamless Connections in Hyderabad

In tune with its commitment to nurturing local talent, Alliance Française Hyderabad recently hosted Seamless Connections – a solo show of works in acrylics and mixed-media by the expressionist artist Sabita Lakshmanan – in its gallery from March 23 to April 16. The President of AF Hyderabad, Daphne Rebello, inaugurated the show in the presence […]

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The Nepal Gypsy Jazz Festival in progress
May
15

Kathmandu Sways To The Beats of Gypsy Jazz

In its various iterations, Jazz has found resonance with listeners around the world. One such iteration is Gypsy Jazz whose origins can be traced to Jean “Django” Reinhardt – a guitarist who popularised the genre in Paris in the 1930s. Given the fact that Django was from the Manouche Roma clan, this school of music is often […]

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May
14

Operatic Airs at Pune!

A key part of the Western classical music tradition, operas originated in Italy at the end of the 16th century and eventually spread to the rest of Europe. Italian opera never gained much of a foothold in France, however, where the country’s own national operatic tradition was more popular. Launched in July 1948, the Festival […]

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An image of the Eiffel Tower from Ajay Bhatia's exhibition "City of Light, One Day in Paris" at AF Chandigarh
May
9

Ajay Bhatia Captures The City of Light

Paris is often considered the Mecca of Art and Culture. Artists and intellectuals have flocked to the French capital for several generations in search for inspiration. The city, in turn, has often played muse to these thinkers and been immortalised in their works. The Chandigarh-based photographer Ajay Bhatia, who has spent years documenting architecture across […]

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Vu en Inde

SWA
Jan
12

A French Cellist on an Indian Odyssey!

Thanks to Bonjour India 2017-18, France’s most gifted and well-known cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton came to India for a multicity tour piloted by Alliance Française de Delhi. Renowned for her talent and creativity, Sonia brought her initiative Odyssey to the subcontinent. This project, previously conducted in the Mediterranean, involves the musician incorporating a landscape of sounds recorded in situ […]

The Calico Ensemble comprising of (from left to right)
 Ben Arie Dagovitch, Darlini Singh Kaul and Max Shchedrovitzki at the Tansen Music Festival
Jan
6

Calico Ensemble at Tansen Music Festival

There are several musical traditions around the world which are strongly rooted in specific contexts. For some time now, musicians have been trying to build bridges across these traditions and have created a multitude of new soundscapes in the process. One such group – the Calico Ensemble – recently played for packed audiences on Dec 23, […]

Gérard Gréverand (Directeur, AF Pondichéry)
Jan
5

Nouveau Directeur à l’AF Pondichéry !

Je m’appelle Gérard Gréverand. J’ai longtemps habité en Normandie où j’ai suivi mes études universitaires jusqu’au doctorat à l’Université de Rouen, en Normandie. J’ai ensuite quitté cette région avec mon épouse et mes deux garçons, Martin et Robin, pour le Sud-ouest de la France. Professeur de Lettres pendant une vingtaine d’années, j’ai également animé de […]

The Closing Ceremony of the Residency
Jan
3

Indo-European Residency at AF Bengale

Art transcends boundaries, builds bridges and helps bring people together. It is for this reason that the Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal take a keen interest in nurturing artists and providing them a platform to display their works. To highlight the collaborative and transformative potential of the Arts, Alliance Française du Bengale recently participated in […]

artificial-intelligence-machine-learning-IN-EN
Dec
15

Surgical Innovations at AF Bhopal

The intertwined disciplines of Surgery and Transplantation have grown in leaps and bounds over the last few decades. Reduced mortality, shorter recovery periods and minimal scarring have become established norms. Given that both France and India are pioneers in the medical field, it was only a matter of time before the two decided to come […]

Frédéric Beigbeder
Dec
14

Frédéric Beigbeder charms the crowd

As part of Bonjour India 2017-18, the internationally acclaimed French writer and literary critic Frédéric Beigbeder participated in the eighth edition of Tata Literature Live! from Nov 16, 2017 to Nov 19, 2017 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai). Tata Literature Live! happens to be one of India’s most prestigious and well-attended literary festivals – […]

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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 ...