Gujarat links to France through literature

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Franco-Gujarati Literary Links is an annual project developed by the Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad to celebrate 30 years of its presence in Gujarat. Alliance Française’s very own Fanatika Theatre Club has also adapted theatrically the literary works of France in Gujarati.

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How would you imagine celebrating 30th anniversary of your organization or company? Most people come up with extravagant ideas to mark this special occasion with pompous events. Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad, celebrating 30 years in Gujarat in 2012, has come up with an interesting project which will run over a year but which will last forever: The Franco-Gujarati Literary Links.

Literature has been one of the strongest influencing factors over several centuries. It has been from cultural identities to reforming current and from cultural exchanges to the voices of the unheard. France enjoys its literary wealth and produced as well as influenced many great thinkers of the world. A lot of post-independence writers from Gujarat have had strong connections with French literary world. This programme is effort to bring in light what exchanges have taken place so far and how French thoughts, literature and theatre have been directly or indirectly at play into the works of many prominent writers from Gujarat.

Literary giants such as Niranjan Bhagat, Chinu Modi and Sitanshu Yashaschandra have been part of this programme, while scholars such as Madhusudan Baxi and Mahesh Champaklal Shah have offered their observations over specific disciplines. Dipak Soliya, journalist from Mumbai, will be delivering a lecture on the “Novels of Albert Camus” on Saturday, 24 November 2012 at 7:00 pm at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.

Another interesting dimension given to the project is a trilingual book which will be published at the end of this lecture-series as a documentation of every session in form of an article. To connect with this annual project, Fanatika Theatre Club has also organized a Vachikam (dramatic reading) session of “Chhaju” – Gujarati adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s short-stories by Chinu Modi. The book will be launched on the same occasion by eminent danseuse and Padma Bhushan Mrinalini Sarabhai.

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Please note the important dates:
24 November 2012
Novels of Albert Camus” by Dipak Soliya at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, 7:00 pm
27 November 2012
Vachikam and Book-launch of “Chhaju” at Natarani, 8:30 pm
22 December 2012
Improvising Paris for Myself: A Gujarati Story” by Prabodh Parikh at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, 7:00 pm

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