80 years of Alliance Francaise inBengal

80 years of Alliance Française in Bengal

To celebrate of the 80th year of Alliance française in Bengal, East India, India, Alliance française du Bengale, in collaboration with Institut français in India and Bingsha Shatabdi will host an online talk show with Karthika Nair, Joëlle Jolivet and Bijal Vachharajani.

Date: 25th September 2020 at 6:30 PM (IST)

Theme: Fables & Écologie
Medium: French, English, Bangla

Theme: Fables & Écologie – Folk Tales and Ecology

Emmanuel LEBRUN-DAMIENS – Counsellor for Education, Science and Culture, Embassy of France in India, and Country Director, French Institute in India, will say a few words on the occasion.


Know your Panelists:

Kanika Nair
Kanika Nair

Karthika Naïr is a poet, dance producer, and librettist. Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, her reimagining of the Mahabharata in multiple voices, won the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Award for fiction. Canny dogs, cantankerous demon-tigers, feisty goddesses, and honey-loving young ‘uns populate her writing, just as temperamental choreographers and dancers fill her life.





Joëlle Jolivet
Joëlle Jolivet

Joëlle Jolivet has created numerous internationally acclaimed children’s books, including Oops!, Bonesville, and 365 Penguins, which was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.







 Bijal Vachharajani
Bijal Vachharajani

A porcupine at heart, Bijal Vachharajani is usually found coiled up in her den –reading, writing, or editing children’s books– with one of her many quills. She is known to get prickly over climate change.




The panel will be presented by Christine Cornet, Attaché for Books, Debates & Ideas at Institut français India/Embassy of France.

The Bangla version will be recited by Kanchana MUKHOPADHYAY, Owner – Bingsha Shatabdi, French Book corner, Kolkata

Let’s draw

The event will also see the author Karthika Nair doing a reading from her book The Honey Hunter, launched in 2013 in English by Young Zubaan in India with the support of the French Institute’s Book Office and the Prakriti Foundation. It was co-published with the French publisher Helium and Actes Sud for its French edition . The book was released with the Alliance française network in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, and Trivandrum. Its Bangla edition published by UPL was then launched at the Alliance française in Dhaka in 2015, which saw its adaptation for the stage by Akram Khan by a street theatre company in Bangladesh, and read by Françoise Gillard at the Comédie Française in spring 2020. The co-author and illustrator of the book, Joëlle Jolivet, will accompany Karthika’s narration with her drawing.

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  80 years of Alliance Francaise in Bengal