• Lucknow

    Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival Gets A Thrilling French Touch

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Lucknow is much more than the capital of Uttar Pradesh – it is a thriving metropolis, a vibrant cultural hub and the home of Alliance Française de Lucknow – the youngest Alliance in the India-Nepal network! The city has been a centre of arts and learning since times immemorial and continues to be an important centre of governance, […]

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  • Metajingle

    Metajingle Brings People Together!

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    In its essence, Bonjour India 2017-18 celebrates the many ties which bind India and France together – ties which have catapulted the two nations to the centre stage on a global level! This sense of collaboration is best encapsulated in a project like Metajingle – The Postman Does Not Wait For The Rising Tide which unites several artists from both […]

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  • Ariane Mnouchkine

    Mnouchkine takes the stage at Puducherry

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    As part of Bonjour India 2017-18, Alliance Française de Pondichéry had the pleasure of hosting the grande dame of European theatre – Ariane Mnouchkine – and the famed Ecole nomade from January 7 to January 27, 2018. A force to be reckoned with, Mnouchkine co-founded the Théâtre du Soleil over 40 years ago and continues to be its artistic and stage director. To […]

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  • Le Poème Harmonique on stage

    A Touch Of Baroque With Le Poème Harmonique

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Derived from the Portuguese word barroco, or oddly shaped pearl, the term baroque is used to demarcate the period from 1600 to 1750 in Western European art and music. Though initially used derogatively by critics to describe excessive ornamentation and exaggeration in different art forms, baroque is widely hailed today as one of the richest and most diverse periods in […]

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  • Aastha Gandhi on the stage “We Women: Trigger Warning”

    Gurgaon hosts Body: An archive of Memory

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    There is no denying that learning a foreign language enhances our ability to understand different cultures. This heightened awareness of another culture also gives us an enriched perspective about our own heritage. The network of Alliance Françaises in India and Nepal is committed to creating spaces which encourage this kind of dialogue. It is within […]

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    Erik Truffaz and Riatsu Cast a Jazzy Spell !

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Within the framework of Bonjour India 2017-18, more than 100 programmes, events and projects will be organised in over 30 cities across India from November 2017 to February 2018. These events celebrate the linkages between France and India along with laying the groundwork for future collaborations. Figuring prominently amongst these events was the tour of Erik Truffaz and […]

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  • Aruna Sairam and Dominique Vellard

    Heaven and Earth – in perfect resonance !

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Both France and India have rich histories of highly structured and refined musical traditions. These auditory lineages have been honed over generations and are a source of great pride to both countries. Small wonder then that Bonjour India 2017-18 is paying homage to Indo-French cooperation through Heaven and Earth – an inspiring encounter between traditional and vocal […]

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  • SWA

    A French Cellist on an Indian Odyssey!

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    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 […]

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

    Calico Ensemble at Tansen Music Festival

    Saturday, January 6, 2018

    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, […]

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  • Gérard Gréverand (Directeur, AF Pondichéry)

    Nouveau Directeur à l’AF Pondichéry !

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    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 […]

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Nos Alliances françaises

One of the artworks on display
Jul
17

Abstract Elements at Trivandrum

The network of Alliances in India and Nepal does not limit itself to teaching French. It also fosters art and encourages artists by providing them a platform to display their works. Keeping in tune with this sentiment, Alliance Française de Trivandrum recently presented Elements – a group-exhibition showcasing 15 paintings by Deepa Ram, B Balagopalan, Ashok […]

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Jul
17

Finding meaning in dance with Histoires Vraies

Dances do not exist and evolve in a vacuum – the movements of a dancer’s body can often be traced back to distinct stylistic lineages. These are rooted in specific contexts which have shaped different dance forms as we know them today. Contemporary dancers often highlight these linkages through an exploration of rhythms, movements and […]

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Jul
11

Lights, Camera, Action at AF Kathmandu!

In the words of Lee Strasberg, “Art is longer than life … if we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it?” Films are a medium which allow us a glimpse of this greatness – not only by creating worlds of make-believe but also through onscreen performances which have become iconic. Indeed, it is a […]

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A Café Philo in session at the AF Ahmedabad Café
Jul
7

Ahmedabad gets philosophical!

As a people, Indians are no strangers to gathering over a steaming cup of tea or coffee to discuss issues which matter to them. Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad recently elevated this concept to the next level by introducing Café Philo as a regular cultural event in its café. Inspired by the model of the French philosopher Marc Sautet, […]

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Vu en Inde

Untitled design
Mar
30

Music For Diversity with Mazel B

It goes without saying that different cultures have given birth to unique musical traditions around the world. Culture also has a strong impact on musical cognition – moulding preferences, emotional recognition and even musical memory. What does this mean for a citizen of the world today who is witness to the confluence of different cultural and musical lineages? […]

Vini Goyal (Founder and
Director, GOYAL Publishers & Distributors Pvt. Ltd.)
Mar
29

Books That Teach – An Interview With Goyal Publishers

GOYAL Publishers & Distributors Pvt. Ltd. was started in 1987 by the second-generation entrepreneur Ashwani Goyal. The publishing house caters exclusively to learners of foreign languages and has partnered with leading publishers across the globe. It works in close tandem with cultural institutes like the Goethe-Institut (Max Mueller Bhawan), Alliances Françaises, Instituto Cervantes, the Japan Foundation, the American Centre, […]

Vincent Gagliardi with one of his works
Mar
10

Listening to Linoleum with Vincent Gagliardi

As part of the Francophonie week, Alliance Française de Delhi will be bringing Vincent Gagliardi‘s mixed-media exhibition to Pune (1st to 7th Feb), Goa (19th to 28th Feb), Trivandrum (3rd to 13th Mar), Delhi (18th to 30th Mar) and Kathmandu (23rd to 31st Mar). Gagliardi‘s work is often compared to that of a child playing without […]

Some of the works on display
Mar
8

Entrance To The Earth At AF Bhopal

Alliance Française de Bhopal recently hosted a three-day exhibition of paintings entitled The Entrance to the Earth by the Polish artist Anna Krzemińska. Inaugurated on March 1, the exhibition consisted of 15 works by Krzemińska who has done her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with painting and artistic textiles as specialization. Krzemińska […]

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Mar
8

A Touch Of Baroque

Derived from the Portuguese barroco or oddly shaped pearl, the term baroque has been widely used to describe the period in Western European Art from 1600 to 1750. Nineteenth century critics applied the term derogatorily for the “overly ornamented” and “exaggerated” music of composers like Bach and Handel. Today, however, the word baroque has come […]

Left to Right: Jignesh Panchal (Co-founder of ZOCA), Hartmut Wuster (Co-Founder of ZOCA), Ivan Koschmider (Artist), and Frederique Terzan (Director of AF Ahmedabad)
Mar
8

No.Mad.Land at AF Ahmedabad

The Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal are not just involved in promoting and teaching the French language. They are also a hotbed of cultural activities and provide a platform for both local and international talent. Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad is no exception to this rule and will be hosting the exhibition No.Mad.Land from March 3 […]

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 ...