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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

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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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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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Jul
6

Nothing Lost In Translation with AF Ahmedabad!

The network of Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal has the tripartite mission of teaching French, disseminating French culture and building friendly relations between the subcontinent and France. Individual Alliances often go above and beyond the call of duty to offer customised services catering to local demands. Given their expertise in the French language, it […]

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Vu en Inde

Charlyne Weiss, David Smith, Anuradha Wagle and Irene Silveira
Feb
21

2nd International Symposium – Goa: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Located on the western coast of India is the thriving touristic hub of Goa. The smallest state of the Indian subcontinent is known for its idyllic beaches, rich biodiversity and unique history. Given that Goan culture is the fruit of a dialogue between various cultures, it has assumed a unique aesthetic character. This cultural identity […]

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Feb
1

Dis-moi 10 mots 2017 : Talk That Talk in French!

One of the most anticipated events of the francophone calendar is the annual competition “Dis-moi dix mots” (literally translated as Tell me 10 words) organised by the French Ministry of Culture and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF). Launched in 2002, the initiative encourages people to play with and express themselves in the French language. Participants are expected […]

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Feb
1

Sax On Their Mind

A self-confessed return to the future of Great Black Music, the Hip Hop Jazz trio Sax Machine is a curious amalgam of hard bop, afro beat, funk and hip hop. The atypical group consists of the RacecaR (emcee), Pierre Dandin (trombone, conch) and Guillaume Sené (saxophone, beatmaking). The name Sax Machine is an hommage to the music […]

Variances
Feb
1

Thiery Pécou’s Ensemble Variances Enthralls India

Renowned for their evocative performances, Ensemble Variances is a group of solo musicians and chamber musicians par excellence. The ensemble was founded in 2009 by the composer and pianist Thierry Pécou as a platform for musical encounters between contemporary creation and music of different traditions. Whilst on stage, the group members Anne Cartel, Cardiz Gerretsen, […]

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Feb
1

Pulling the right strings

It has been said that art is how we decorate space whilst music is how we decorate time. Stringly Yours is a new project which epitomises this philosophy and will tug at more than just your hearstrings. The duo features the French composer, arranger, producer, bass guitarist and pianist Mishko M’ba along with the Bangalore-based music […]

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Feb
1

De la magie musicale en Inde

Comme Platon le disait, “La musique donne…des ailes à l’esprit…”. C’est cette magie de la musique qui est encapsulée par le groupe Magic Flutes. Toujours en recherche de nouveaux horizons artistiques, Ravichandra Kulur et Jean-Luc Thomas se sont rencontrés pour la première fois au festival TFE de Rudolstadt (Allemagne) en 2013 pour le Magic Flute Concert […]

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 ...