Exhibition – Shaunak Mahbubani

Art curators and historians, mark your calendar for 11 September! Prameya Art Foundation is all set to welcome you back to its gallery, physically and virtually! Art Scribes Award exhibition this year is titled ‘Seeds are Being Sown’. Digging for nuances within contemporary terrains of citizenship and belonging, ‘Seeds are Being Sown’ offers perspectives on defying rigidity through a gathering of artistic agencies rooted in active commemoration, corporeal knowledge, and trans futurities. The exhibition is…

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La Rentrée Littéraire 2020

The annual “Rentrée Littéraire”, a major event in the world of literature in France, happens every September. On this occasion, French publishers release hundreds of new titles, starting from the end of August. It puts the spotlights on French as well as foreign literature. On this occasion, the French Book Office conducted an online webinar on “Rentrée littéraire” on 25th August 2020. Three French publishers –Sabine Wespieser, Zulma Publishers and Éditions de la Découverte– were in…

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‘Eden, Eden, Eden’ at 50

Extreme and obscene Since its release on September 9th, 1970, Eden, Eden, Eden has provoked scandal, fascination, admiration. Deemed a “Saharian fiction”, it was the work of a thirty-year old author. It came out with forewords by Michel Leiris, Roland Barthes, Philippe Sollers, and was immediately praised by Michel Foucault ; upon being censored, it gained immediate international support by the likes of Pasolini and Beuys. Fifty years later, the work of Pierre Guyotat –…

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Book Launch of ‘Indian Chronicles’ by Marguerite de Bure

The French Institute in India, in collaboration with Oxford Bookstore and Sanbun Publishers, organised a webinar around the launch of the English translation of the book, Chroniques Indiennes / Indian Chronicles: Letters from a French Woman in Bombay (1902-1904) by Marguerite de Bure. The texts have been collected by the descendants of the author, Marie-Anne and Laurence Merland and translated by Elsa S Mathews. The book has been published by Sanbun Publishers under the PAP…

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Indo-French Malraux Seminar in New Delhi

IFI and the French Ministry of Culture organised the first Malraux Seminar in India last week. This Indo-French Forum on Culture in Urban Public Spaces allowed an exchange on case studies and best practices. Street Art India Foundation also took the delegates for a curated night walk around the Lodhi Art District. The walk led to a dance performance by Ali Salmi and Astad Deboo.

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Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh at ‘Smart Cities, Art Cities’

The Counsellor for Science, Education and Culture of the Embassy of France in India, and Country Director, The French Institute in India, Dr Bertrand de Hartingh, was among the eminent speakers at the Smart Cities, Art Cities symposium in Bengaluru, on 31 August, 2019. “There is still a long road ahead. But with the right governmental support, the involvement of the private sector and the driving force of the civil society, nothing is unreachable,” Dr.…

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Tamil Adaptation of Romeo & Juliet wins Special Prize at Théâtre de l’Union

The Théâtre de l’Union in Limoges, France gathered a jury of spectators from all over the country at its annual presentation held on June 27 – an event that celebrated and awarded the best theater productions of the season. Franco-Indian director Kouramane Valavane’s Tamil adaptation of Romeo & Juliet – ‘Chandala, L’Impur’, was the recipient of the Jury’s Special Prize.

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