Délégué général’s rendez-vous at AF Bhopal!

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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 the teaching and administrative staff of AF Bhopal.


Mr. Jean-François Ramon and Ms. Aswathi Chandramohan at AF Bhopal

The journey started on an artistic note with a meeting between the Délégué général and Mr. Akhilesh Varma – a prominent artist who is also the President of AF Bhopal – at the latter’s studio. The two had an animated discussion about tribal arts in Madhya Pradesh, the Raza Foundation, and the future cultural initiatives of AF Bhopal. After this exchange, Mr. Ramon was given a guided tour of the Tribal museum to help him discover the main tribes of the state.

Back at the premises of AF Bhopal, Mr. Ramon also spent some time with the pedagogic team. During the course of the same, several topics were discussed including the students, the factors motivating them to learn French, their views on the modern teaching tools introduced at Alliance Française such as My Alliance and Serious Gaming amongst others. On this front, Ms. Aswathi Chandramohan introduced the teachers to France Volontaires. This platform promotes inter-country exchanges of young Francophones by providing employment opportunities in Francophone countries.

Mr. Ramon interacting with the academic staff of AF Bhopal

Mr. Ramon interacting with the academic staff of AF Bhopal

At the end of the afternoon, Mr. Ramon met the Committee Members of AF Bhopal to discuss the governance of the institution. This was the first time that Mr. Ramon participated in a meeting with these members. He also inaugurated an exhibition of paintings by the artist Satyadheer Sing later in the evening.

Mr. Ramon inaugurating Satyadheer Sing's exhibition at AF Bhopal

Mr. Ramon inaugurating Satyadheer Sing’s exhibition at AF Bhopal

To make the most of their visit to Bhopal, Mr. Ramon and Ms. Aswathi were taken on a heritage walk by the architect Harshit Singh Kothari who also happens to be a member of AF Bhopal. The two dignitaries visited museums, palaces, and parks of historical significance. They also visited the Great Stupa at Sanchi which is one of the most important Buddhist monuments and a true gem of Buddhist art and architecture.

Lr. Ramon and Ms. Chandramohan during a guided walk with

Mr. Ramon and Ms. Chandramohan (second from right) during a guided walk with Harshit Singh Kothari (second from left)

Subhor Dubey

Public Relations Officer, Alliance Française de Bhopal

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