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    ‘Rhythm of Expression’ at AF Bhopal

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Part of the mission of an Alliance Française is to encourage local artists by giving them a platform to showcase their work. Within this framework, Alliance française de Bhopal recently hosted Rhythm of Expression – an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Tushar Sawant. Inaugurated on May 4, 2018 by the eminent artist Akhilesh Varma, the exhibition drew […]

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    Destination : France!

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    France is widely recognised for the quality and accessibility of its education system. In fact, the country receives the third highest number of international students after the US and the UK. It comes as no surprise then that Indian students are increasingly opting for Europe’s most innovative country as their preferred educational destination. Moving to another country for […]

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    Délégué général’s rendez-vous at AF Bhopal!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Alliance Francaise de Bhopal recently had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Jean-François Ramon (Délégué général of the Fondation Alliance Française for the India-Nepal region) and Ms. Aswathi Chandramohan (National representative for India of France Volontaires) on June 9, 2018. The primary goal of the visit was to discover the ‘City of Lakes’ and to meet […]

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    Learning French gets an Upgrade With ‘My Alliance’

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    One year into the launch of My Alliance, the network of Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal has not only embraced the online tool but also made it a crucial aspect of French language learning across the 15 Alliances and their respective annexes in the subcontinent. This distance-learning platform proposed by the Fondation Alliance Française […]

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    Celebrating Bonalu at AF Hyderabad

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Much like their counterparts around the world, the Alliances Françaises in India and Nepal exist at a curious intersection. While their mission is to promote francophone cultures in the subcontinent, they often become windows to local arts and cultures. Alliance Française Hyderabad recently found itself in a similar position when it hosted a thematic art […]

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    Reconnecting with the elements through BHU!

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    In the collective imagination, martial arts are often linked to cultures of Eastern Asia. This is somewhat fallacious as different parts of the world have their own traditions of combat practices. The contemporary dance cum theatre performance Bhu takes inspiration from one such martial art – Kerala’s own Kalaripayattu – to eulogise Nature. The unique […]

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    ‘Au cœur de mai 68’ at AF Chandigarh

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Lisez l’intégralité de cet article en français ici To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mai 68, the Alliance Française of Chandigarh organised a series of events and activities to make its students and members aware of the importance of this historic occasion. A debate, an exhibition, movie screenings, and informal discussions were organised throughout May 2018 to commemorate the occasion. […]

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  • The installation 'Absence of Presence' at the Art Gallery of AF Trivandrum

    ‘Absence of Presence’ at AF Trivandrum

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    “The most urgent crisis that we face today, is not that the notion of democracy is under threat, but that we remain mute spectators. Hate rhetoric, communal and caste politics, and aggressive market forces dominate our landscape. Can the artist then, remain a bystander?” It is within this framework that Alliance Française de Trivandrum hosted […]

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    Pour l’amour des langues !

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Passionné par les langues, ce jeune français vient de s’installer à l’Alliance Française de Bhopal en tant que stagiaire. Un entretien avec lui : Pouvez-vous vous présenter en quelques mots s’il vous plaît? Je m’appelle Camille PERROUX et je suis originaire de Chambéry, en Savoie, mais j’habite actuellement dans le sud de la France à Marseille. […]

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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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Nos Alliances françaises

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Apr
16

Jazz with a gypsy touch!

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
Apr
11

Folk music goes global with Bibi Tanga and Thakita

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)
Apr
3

Tigers Speak At AF Bhopal

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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Mar
15

Ephemeral Perfection With Hakanaï !

In Japanese, Hakanaï denotes something which is fleeting and delicate. An ancient word, it is written by combining the graphic characters symbolizing ‘man’ and ‘dream’. This symbolic convergence is the baseline of the 40-minute contemporary dance piece Hakanaï which explores the fragility of the human condition. As part of Bonjour India 2017-18 and in collaboration with […]

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Vu en Inde

Lucknow
Feb
16

Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival Gets A Thrilling French Touch

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, […]

Metajingle
Feb
15

Metajingle Brings People Together!

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 […]

Ariane Mnouchkine
Feb
14

Mnouchkine takes the stage at Puducherry

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 […]

Le Poème Harmonique on stage
Feb
13

A Touch Of Baroque With Le Poème Harmonique

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 […]

Aastha Gandhi on the stage “We Women: Trigger Warning”
Feb
7

Gurgaon hosts Body: An archive of Memory

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 […]

Aruna Sairam and Dominique Vellard
Jan
15

Heaven and Earth – in perfect resonance !

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 […]

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 ...