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    Exploring Seamless Connections in Hyderabad

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    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

    Kathmandu Sways To The Beats of Gypsy Jazz

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    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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    Operatic Airs at Pune!

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    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

    Ajay Bhatia Captures The City of Light

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    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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  • Jimy Berçon

    Apprendre à faire du kayak à Bhopal !

    Friday, May 4, 2018

    Jimy Berçon s’est installé à Bhopal l’année dernière comme entraîneur de l’équipe nationale indienne de canoe/kayak de slalom. Voici un entretien avec lui : Bonjour, pouvez-vous vous présenter en quelques mots ? Je m’appelle Jimy Berçon, j’ai 27 ans. Je viens des Alpes Française et j’adore le fromage. Quelle est la raison de votre venue à Bhopal ? […]

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  • Webster

    Rapping with a French Twist!

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    As part of Francophonie celebrations and in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada in India, the Senegalese-Quebecois rapper Webster performed for packed audiences in Mumbai (Mar 17), Bangalore (Mar 19), Chandigarh (Mar 22), and Delhi (Mar 23). Several workshops were also organised as part of this tour with sessions focusing on Canada’s multiculturalism, diversity, and francophone heritage. […]

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  • Tritha Electric

    Ethno-Punk gets an Electric Look!

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Launched in New Delhi in 2011, Tritha Electric is one of the most exciting acts on the indie music scene in India today. With compositions that mix psychedelic rock with classical Indian ragas and folk influences, the band’s soundscape oscillates between very different traditions and stretches the limits of language and genres. Much to the […]

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    Jazz with a gypsy touch!

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    As a genre, jazz encompasses several distinct styles – each rooted in specific contexts and with their own unique histories. While certain schools of Jazz enjoy immense popularity around the world, others are appreciated only in small pockets. Gypsy Jazz happens to be one such style which has largely remained unnoticed in India despite an […]

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  • The musicians on stage at Trivandrum

    Folk music goes global with Bibi Tanga and Thakita

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Despite the vast geographical distances which separate them, tribal and folk music traditions from around the world share strikingly similar rhythms and themes. It is this sense of synchronicity which was explored by Bibi Tanga in conjunction with the band Thakita. Thanks to a series of performances piloted by Alliance Française de Trivandrum, the group brought their […]

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  • Patricia Poupon (Director, AF Bombay) at the inauguration of the exhibition along with the artist and Tapan Bhowmik (Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation)

    Tigers Speak At AF Bhopal

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    Like the other Alliances in the India-Nepal network, Alliance Française de Bhopal regular supports artists – both seasoned and amateur – by providing them a reputed platform for their works. This month, the AF Bhopal gallery gave voice to the cause of conservation by hosting an exhibition on the mighty tigers. Entitled The Tiger Speaks, the exhibition […]

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Nos Alliances françaises

Sylvain Choin (Director, AF Chandigarh) flanked by Chander Malhotra (left) and Hardit Singh (right) at the Inauguration of the festival
Aug
12

Comic Relief at AF Chandigarh!

According to the celebrated cartoonist Hemant Morparia, “If journalism is supposed to be the first draft of history, then cartoons are surely its first laugh!”. It is not for nothing that comics are recognised as the Ninth Art in France. As a form of artistic expression, not only can they amuse and entertain but can also be […]

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Aug
8

Les fruits de son travail – un voyage en France !

Chaque année, l’Alliance Française de Pune récompense les meilleurs étudiants de chaque niveau (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) qui ont obtenu les meilleurs résultats au DELF/DALF lors de la Student Awards. Un prix spécial est réservé au meilleur élève du C1 : en 2016, il s’agissait d’un voyage d’une semaine en France ! La gagnante de […]

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Aug
7

The Triple Threat Taking Classical Music by Storm!

Music runs in their blood – literally! The Ranganathan Trio consists of three prodigious brothers – Ravi (cello), Ajay (violin), and Théo (piano) – who have caught the fancy of the Western Classical music world. On a fortuitous day twelve years ago, the brothers of Polish-Indian descent decided to start playing as a piano trio […]

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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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Vu en Inde

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 […]

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Mar
1

Farewell My Indian Soldier

Of the hundreds of people who visit the India Gate in Delhi every day, few have any idea that it commemorates the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the First World War. Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in this war – over 74,000 of them lost their lives and a comparable number […]

Sylvain Choin devant l'immeuble de l'AF Chandigarh
Feb
22

Nouveau Directeur à l’AF Chandigarh

Je m’appelle Sylvain Choin et je suis très heureux de rejoindre ce réseau riche de 15 Alliances et de rallier la ville de Chandigarh, emblématique en Inde et connue dans le monde entier. Originaire de Picardie, j’ai rapidement pris goût à l’expatriation. Titulaire d’un master en études littéraires (avec une spécialité en littérature espagnole et […]

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Feb
22

La Vie En Rose Avec Sherazade et LavionRose

De cultures mêlées, russe et algérienne, le chant de Sherazade – à l’image de sa vie – est vibrant, sensuel et métissé. Rebelle, définitivement féminine et intimement mélangée, elle a une bouleversante fragilité. Basée à Paris, elle appartient – avec les cinq musiciens de LavionRose – à la famille de ces artistes inclassables et cosmopolites qui […]

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 ...