All abour art, books, technology and innovation at Bonjour India!
Fri 9th Feb - Sun 18th Feb
Bonjour India is set to bring art outdoors and turn city streets in India into a stage! The French company Transe Express comes to India with its open-air performance Celestial Carillon that combines theatre, music and arts. This aerial performance is inspired by the Francophile artist Alexander Calder, who made wire models to rigged to perform circus acrobatics. Celestial Carillon performance mixes grand outdoor fairground rides with childhood memories of a “carillon” – a music-box with an automatic set of bells. A bewitching orchestra of 17 bell-ringers and aerialists is lifted 55 meters skywards in this magical concert and theatre where audiences come face-to-face with artists, and the machinery of the carillon is confronted with the city’s architecture.
A large-scale contemporary exhibition that will showcase the works of 16 photographers from both France and India. Together, the artists contemplate their respective environments, and some specifically respond to the site of the exhibition, positing how we envision public and private zones as interlinked domains of encounter; and extendedly, how we take a mental image and translate or morph that into an installed piece – a conversation piece.
Campus Art AT THE INDIA ART FAIR: Stand design by Matali Crasset
Through its creative excellence and by making art accessible to all, France sets the international standard in the fields of art and culture. India Art Fair, a hub of artistic and academic exchange, is the perfect venue for a rendezvous with France, and where renowned French designer Matali Crasset will showcase France’s creativity. Audiences at the Fair, including students, will also discover over 400 arts programmes offered in France.
Art history and artistic education have many links with the world of books and publishers. “The Book of Arts”, an Indo-French initiative by publisher Marc Parent and curator Dr. Alka Pande, aims at being the annual meeting place for publishers, art curators, educationists and experts in Art history. It will connect the readership, including the younger audiences, with the future of art book publishing, along with all the digital innovations and the revolution happening in the framework of art itself.
Through his androgynous vision of Shiva the cosmic dancer, Rodin invites us not only to a new reading of his work but also opens the door to a new vision of Indian theatre and dance.The connections that he suggests between sculpture, poetry, dance, theatre, music, photography and architecture have a particular contemporary resonance
THE BOOK LAUNCH OF "THE PRINTRESS OF MUGHAL GARDEN"
Mapin publishing and the Book of Arts, an initiative by Alka Pande and Marc Parent presents the Book Launch of The Printress of Mughal Garden.This volume enhanced with 5-embedded videos, explores the exhiquite work of the artist Brigitte Singh with Indian hand-blockprinting.
Mapin publishing and the Book of Arts, an initiative by Alka Pande and Marc Parent presents the Book Launch of The Printress of Mughal Garden.This volume enhanced with 5-embedded videos, explores the exhiquite work of the artist Brigitte Singh with Indian hand-blockprinting.To launch its 25th anniversary, DAG has kick-started the celebrations with a striking exhibition and an interesting programme of conversations that enrich the dialogue around art in India. This is in keeping with its attempt to ensure that Indian modern art remains a topic of conversation in important fora around the world.
To launch its 25th anniversary, DAG has kick-started the celebrations with a striking exhibition and an interesting programme of conversations that enrich the dialogue around art in India. This is in keeping with its attempt to ensure that Indian modern art remains a topic of conversation in important fora around the world.
Bonjour India celebrates photography in various forms of its evolution. Two hundred years since French inventor Nicéphore Niépce developed the first known photograph France keeps alive the spirit of innovation in photography. Out of the Frame celebrates this milestone through a selection of exhibitions and events. Indoor and outdoor exhibitions of historic photographs from the Niepce museum’s digital collections showcase the rich heritage of French archives.
This special edition made for Bonjour India will include young photographers’ works, some very insightful and knowledgeable interviews of eminent personalities in the world of art and photography (Riyas Komus, Dayanita Singh, Sabeena Gadihoke, etc)
This projects revisits and extends the purpose of the Sector 17 bus stand from a functional resource to a space for art in the city. Conceived as a collaboration between Indian artist Hanif Kureshi and French artists duo Lek and Sowat, this is the first large scale urban art intervention in the city of Chandigarh. In Kolkata, St+art would like to add value to the heritage of a transport system that connects different sectors of the society and links all parts of the city. This will be a participative project between the two artists, C215 and Poornima Sukumar.
MYSTICAL BREATH : Hariprasad Chaurasia & Diabolus in Musica
Mystical Breath is human breath in the service of the music and the divine. It explores common fundamentals of the subtle bansuri by Hariprasad Chaurasia joined with Diabolus in Musica‘s Gregorian chants. A never before blend of traditional Indian music with the terrestrial voices is here to enchant you.
Heaven and Earth brings India and France together through an inspiring encounter between traditional and vocal music. Padma Shri Awardee Aruna Sairam, India’s most famous singer of Classical Carnatic music, shares the stage with Dominique Vellard, expert in Gregorian chanting.
Mezcal Jazz Unit's music is defined by the Mediterranean temperament of its musicians, the reminiscences of traditional melodies, an unabashed attraction for the Orient, a rock like energy and a sense of humour. On the other hand, Bickram’s music is strongly influenced by thumri and khayal genres of the Patiala gharana and he is known to experiment and reinterpret music and culture as he dabbles in a vast repertoire of musical genres, from classical, rock, new-age to fusion.
The Gathas are the prayers of Zoroastrianism, the monotheistic religion of Ancient Persia. They are surprisingly modern, expressing the life, doubts and choices of a man. As there are no records of the way they were sung originally, Franco-Iranian Ariana Vafadari composed every song according to radifs or oriental scales. It results in music that constantly vibrates between its Oriental mystic foundations and their matching Western opera.
Bonjour India presents Hakanaï, a solo performance by a dancer in an immersive environment. This 40-minute show links digital and performing arts together and enchants the audiences with what art and technology can do when they work hand-in-hand.For the first time, Indian dancer Priyabrata Panigrahi has been trained by French dancer Virginie Barjonnet to interpret this choreography.
The Weight of Joy is a dance project tackling the notion of handicap and social innovation. Through French choreographer Eric Languet’s benchmark work with dancers with disability, Bonjour India explores new ways of promoting positive action for disabled people. The Weight of Joy is a collaboration between European and Indian dancers, including dancers with hearing disability.
By bringing France’s most innovative and brilliant writers and thinkers to India’s largest literary platforms, Bonjour India intends to turn the page in the history of Indo-French literary exchange and circulation of ideas. Writer and Critic David Collin will be the guest of honour.
France is the Focus Country at Kolkata International Book Fair this year, and The Experience, Bonjour India’s immersive showcase of the Indo-French relationship, is at the heart of its participation. Director of 'Fête du Livre' (The Book Festival) in Aix-en-Provence, Annie Terrier, will also curate a powerful literary programme for book-loving Indian audiences, featuring interactions between French and Indian authors across the city for 10 days.
At the heart of France’s presence at Kolkata book fair, this immersive journey, the first-of-its-kind in India, celebrates the breadth and depth of the relationship between India and France in a way it has never been told before – from technology to culture, from yesterday to tomorrow.
The STEAM Series features two events around project-based creative learning that aims to connect Indian and French open-source innovation and fablab communities. Following a successful trial run in 2016, STEAM School 2017 gathers 100 participants from various backgrounds at a 10-day fablab at Maker’s Asylum, a space dedicated to co-creation and sharing.
This programme connects Indian students directly with French companies and universities, while gathering researchers and scholars for scientific workshops.
Natural Resources & Bioactive Components: HYDERABAD - 13/02/2018
Agronomy and Food Technology: HYDERABAD - 13/02/2018
Renewable Energy (Eco Energy): DEHRADUN - 17/02/2018
Urban planning, Architecture & Design: AHMEDABAD - 17/02/2018 - 18/02/2018
10 YEARS – 10 FILMS
Here is an opportunity for Indian audiences to catch up on the best of French cinema of the past decade.10 Years – 10 Films will showcase one iconic French film of each of the past 10 years in an online festival. Indian VOD platform ‘Hotstar’ will showcase the diversity and richness of French cinema across a variety of genres to everyone, anywhere in India with internet access. Watch the trailers here. Catch the selection in your city.
In an effort to showcase the creativity of France - the third-largest producer of animated films in the world in terms of technical expertise and storytelling - Bonjour India will screen features and short films to audiences across ten cities in India. Watch the trailers here
The City of Waste invites you to discover the world of recyclers in a new light and aims at changing the way waste is treated in India and offers alternative methods of waste disposal. This project includes a competition in Kochi for the best innovation in the area of waste management. With the help of an incubator and technical experts, the selected candidates will work on improving their original project during a three-day Fab Lab.
SEMINAR: HOW TO BETTER CONTROL DENGUE EPIDEMIC IN URBAN AREAS?
This project aims to test on-site innovative tools to control Aedes Aegipty mosquito -the main vector for dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses and to rely on big data mining to better locate where intervention should be realized in cities.
WATER! Jaipur 2035: The Place of Water in the Urban Heritage
How does one plan the extension of the city for such a large population while respecting the historical specificity of the place? Furthermore, how would this planning incorporate issues of water, transport and energy scarcity in relation to these extensions? Born out of a common research project between ENSA Toulouse, Aayojan School of Architecture and University of Illinois at Chicago, an exhibition and a publication will put forward accumulated knowledge on this subject.
On the occasion of Auto Expo India 2018, Business France is organising a delegation of innovative French companies specialising in the electrical vehicle and the automotive industry. By meeting with automotive manufacturers and their supply chain in India, the goal of this mission is to create synergies and identify partnerships that would shape the technology of cars to be seen on Indian roads in the coming years.
“Anything you can say about India will turn out to be true, one way or another”. This paradox opens Mathieu Jouve-Villard’s “Practical Guide to Negotiating in India”. It illustrates the “simple complexity” of India’s population, of its ancient culture and of its business practices.
S.T.E.A.M. Fabrikarium builds Assistive Tech in Mumbai
Starting this weekend, a group of 65 invited Maker’s from various disciplines, along with 20 awesome Mentors, will gather at the Maker’s Asylum in Mumbai for the five day S.T.E.A.M. Fabrikarium program. The aim is to improve the capabilities of the differently-abled by building and expanding upon existing open source projects. At the same time, the teams will learn more about rapid prototyping techniques.
Tech meets art: Bonjour India brings Hakanai to Kolkata
On February 9, a unique project choreographed and conceptualised by the Adrien M & Claire B Company and French dancer Virginie Barjonet & Indian dancer Priyabrata Panigrahiare collaborating to recreate the Hakanaï experience for India.
A visit to the Book Fair will not be complete this year without stepping into the France pavilion. Located at the Karunamoyee crossing end of the fair, the pavilion is the biggest focus country pavilion in the history of the fair.
Delhi Art Gallery's 25th anniversary exhibition celebrates India’s bond with France
It is the 25th year of Delhi Art Gallery and it is being celebrated with élan. The Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre has been transformed into a maze of artworks, with French music and TV screens flashing slides of Louvre, Notre Dame and other iconic structures in Paris. The exhibition is titled ‘India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France’ and features works of 27 Indian artists who studied or lived in Paris.
Lucknow’s little known French link comes to fore in art, literature
The mood was set and Lucknow was ready to grasp the Francisi Awadhi taluqaat (French connection with Awadh) as the Sanatkada Lucknow Festival began at Kaiserbagh Baradari on Friday. On the first day of the five-day festival, readings were made from two special books that reflect strong Awadhi-French ties.
DAG’s new exhibition of Indian artists inspired by Paris
Over the years, DAG has earned a reputation for putting up well-mounted and curated exhibitions of Indian modern artists. The latest in this is the gallery’s India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France at the Visual Arts Gallery in the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Running from 1-11 February, this compact and visually stunning exhibition of 25 Indian artists features a selection of modern masters like Amrita Sher-Gil, Jogen Chowdhury, SH Raza, Sakti Burman and Ram Kumar, among others.
Wednesday evening saw a huge gathering of the city’s art and music lovers at HICC. Hakanaï, a unique 40-minute solo performance linked digital and performing arts to enthrall the audience. The event was jointly organised by Alliance Française Hyderabad, Krishnakriti 2018 and HICC in partnership with Bonjour India, a French institute and the French Embassy in India.
See how living in France influenced SH Raza, Jehangir Sabavala and other Indian artists
Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), one of India’s largest repositories of modern art, has kicked off its 25th year celebrations with a French connection. The private art gallery is currently showing a collection on Indian Artists in France, which began with a private preview at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Read more>>
Ghosh’s tabla to bring that jazz on with French band
A decade-long association with sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and collaborations with George Harrison and others is what makes renowned percussionist Bickram Ghosh the face of Indo-Western fusion music. In a programme organized by the Poona Music Society, Ghosh will play tabla alongside France-based band Mezcal Jazz Unit at Mazda Hall on February 9.
French envoy welcomes Indian young architects, urban planners
Alexandre Ziegler, the French envoy to India, today welcomed the first batch of Young Architects and Urban Planners Programme, launched as part of Bonjour India to celebrate the bilateral ties, the French embassy said.
Adding one more page to the cultural exchange between India and France, Bonjour India The Next Page 2018 introduced novelist, scenarist, and musician, David Foenkinos to Indian readers. The author has written 14 novels translated into 40 languages, including La délicatesse (2009), Les souvenirs (2011), Je vais mieux (2013) and Charlotte, Prix Renaudot et Prix Goncourt des Lycéens (2014).
For renowned musicians Padma Shri Aruna Sairam and Dominique Vellard, their camaraderie in music goes back to approximately 22 years.Showcased as part of the Indo-French cultural exchange festival, the ‘East-meets-West’ piece will be a unique treat for music lovers, according to the noted Carnatic vocalist. However, the Padma Shri awardee prefers to call it an interactive piece rather than a musical blend.
Rising sailor Harshita focussed on Asian Games trials
With the regatta done and dusted, Harshita has now shifted her focus to qualifying for the Asian Games in Jakarata in August. "I am now looking forward to qualifying for the Asian Games and make my country proud. The dates for the trials aren't out yet but will probably be held in the next couple of months," Harshita told IANS here.
French delegation of 21 auto & EV suppliers to visit Auto Expo 2018
The delegation will visit Indian companies in Chennai and Delhi in addition to the Auto Expo Motor and Components show. This event will showcase the range of expertise that France can offer to meet the needs of Indian companies in order to integrate cleaner, innovative and environmentally responsible automotive solutions for India, according to a company statement.
Fabrice Etienne had quit the city two-and-a-half years ago, leaving behind a parting gift - the English translation of his book titled Ghosts of Calcutta. Now he is back in town, not as a diplomat but as part of the French delegation of authors taking part in Bonjour India, the nationwide celebration of Indo-French partnership by the government of France, and under his pen name Sebastien Ortiz.
Her literary whydunnit has won France’s highest award for fiction and international acclaim. Leila Slimani, the author of Lullaby (The Perfect Nanny in the US), discusses her art and ideas with Tishani Doshi