• Sheryn Mulla (right) with Alain Zayan (Director, AF Bombay) and Laurent Elisio Bordier (Academic Director, AF Bombay)

    Sheryn Mulla – a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Up to two hundred recipients are conferred the honour of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France every year.  This award was established to honour individuals who have made exceptional contributions in the fields of Arts and Literature or to the propagation of these fields. One of the recipients of this year’s award was Alliance […]

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    Music beyond borders at AF Ahmedabad!

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    In a globalised world, music truly knows no bounderies! Indeed, music is created, distributed and consumed in radically different ways today as compared to even a few decades ago. Over the past century, Classical Music has merged with Folk Music, Jazz, Popular Music, and many other artistic styles thereby creating a whole new contemporary language. […]

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

    Comic Relief at AF Chandigarh!

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    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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    Les fruits de son travail – un voyage en France !

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    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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    The Triple Threat Taking Classical Music by Storm!

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    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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    Abstract Elements at Trivandrum

    Monday, July 17, 2017

    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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    Finding meaning in dance with Histoires Vraies

    Monday, July 17, 2017

    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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    Lights, Camera, Action at AF Kathmandu!

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    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

    Ahmedabad gets philosophical!

    Friday, July 7, 2017

    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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    Nothing Lost In Translation with AF Ahmedabad!

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    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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Nos Alliances françaises

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Jun
20

Faites vos études en France!

Ancien élève de l’institution d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche la plus prestigieuse de France (l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm), Dr Bertrand de Hartingh a obtenu son doctorat à l’Université Paris Sorbonne avec les plus grands honneurs. Chercheur, écrivain et diplomate, il a vécu et travaillé dans de nombreux pays américains, européens et asiatiques pour […]

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Jun
20

Giving French a Hundred Percent!

Maitreyi Pillai – a precocious 17-year old student of Alliance Française de Bombay – recently did the institution proud by securing a 100% in her French paper for the HSC exams. An interview with her is reproduced below: Bonjour! Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? I am Maitreyi Pillai and I am 17 years […]

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Jun
6

Psychedelic Indian Ragas on the Menu!

Music truly knows no boundaries! India has a long history of musical traditions and there are many musicians who have dedicated themselves to preserving these lineages. However, there is also a new breed of performers today who are charting fresh territory and expanding our musical horizons. One such group is Kolkata Jam Masala – a […]

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May
31

The future of French media libraries in India starts now!

The scholar R. David Lankes once remarked that bad libraries built collections, good libraries built services while great libraries built communities. This is especially true of the médiathèques across the French network in India. It goes without saying that these media libraries offer a glimpse into the world of French art, culture and literature. But […]

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Vu en Inde

A photo by Sumy Sadurni of the Dinka people who have scarification on their faces as a tribal feature. Part of the IWPA Exhibition 2017
May
10

The Female Gaze – A Different Perspective

We live in a society which often teaches women to avert their eyes – to literally “look away”. As a result, innumerable worldviews are lost and with them the opportunity to engage with women’s issues. The International Women Photographers Award is part of the initiatives taken to remedy the situation. The exhibition is organised by Antidote Art and Design […]

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May
9

Suzette – un goût de France à Mumbai

Un entretien avec Jérémie Sabbagh – un des trois propriétaires de la chaîne de crêperies-cafés Suzette dont les trois restaurants ont conquis les quartiers de Nariman Point, de Bandra et de Powai à Mumbai : Bonjour ! Pour commencer, pourriez-vous vous présenter ? Je m’appelle Jérémie Sabbagh et je viens de Paris où j’ai étudié le […]

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May
3

Une révolution musicale au parfum d’été

Le Canadien David Koczij (chanteur, batteur et percussioniste) et l’Alsacien Arthur Bacon (accordéoniste) se sont croisés pour la première fois en avril 2012 à Bruxelles. De cette rencontre fortuite est né le duo The Summer Rebellion. L’association des genres entre ces deux musiciens fonctionne redoutablement bien – la voix caverneuse de David balance des textes […]

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Apr
26

Yama – a contemporary dance expressing ancient ideas

Dance is often compared to poetry in motion and is formally recognised as one of the seven major art forms in France. It is one of the most fundamental ways in which humans express themselves – an intrinsically physical language that is in a state of constant evolution like any other. To honour this art […]

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Apr
19

East Meets West with Santanu Datta Trio

Different cultures have their own unique canons of classical music. Traditionally, classical musicians have worked towards preserving these individual canons. However, musicians today are increasingly looking at exploring the intersections between these musical traditions and how they can be made to work together. The Santanu Datta Trio is the result of one such collaboration between France […]

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Apr
7

Une plume française en Inde

Guillaume Delacroix vit à Bombay où il assure la correspondance de Mediapart pour l’Asie du Sud. Ingénieur diplômé de Sciences-Po et des Ateliers Varan (réalisation de films documentaires), il a travaillé douze ans aux Echos et a ensuite collaboré à plusieurs autres médias : Le Nouvel Observateur, Liaisons Sociales, La Tribune, Vanity Fair, La Stampa, Sky24, […]

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 ...