Valley of Words festival 2020

France at VOW Festival 2020

The French Institute in India will participate at VOW Festival 2020 in the quaint town of Mussoorie.

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Three sessions are scheduled on 21st November:

1. Translation Workshop (French to Hindustani):

Timing: 2:15 pm (1  hour)

Professor Alain Désoulières, a specialist of Urdu and Hindi, will be in conversation with Dr Christine Cornet on literary translation and movie adaptation from Urdu and Hindi into French (and vice versa).

Pr Desoulieres proposes a workshop around RK Narayan’s Swami & Friends in Hindi and French and their TV adaptation, as well as around the tales written by Maupassant and their adaptation in television series in India and in France.

The idea is to discuss the translation and cultural transposition.

Dr. Alain Désoulières
Dr. Alain Désoulières

Dr. Alain Désoulières holds a doctorate in Indian studies. He is Associate Professor of Urdu literature and the history of India at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), a French research institution teaching languages that span Central Europe, Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi and is on the editorial board of Translation Today (NTM, Mysore).


2. French settlements in India:

Timing: 3:30 pm (1 hour)

Conversation between Dr Samuel Berthet, French historian and Director of AF Hyderabad and Dr Sanjeev Chopra 

Sanjeev Chopra
Sanjeev Chopra

Sanjeev Chopra holds a PhD in Management, besides degrees in Law, History and Literature. He has written extensively on policy issues in governance and development interventions in rural development, agriculture, marketing reforms, co-operatives and farmer organizations. He has delivered keynotes at International Cooperative Alliance conferences at Beijing, Abu Dhabi and Ho Chi Minh City.



Samuel Berthet
Samuel Berthet

Dr Samuel Berthet is the Director of Alliance française de Hyderabad. He is a historian, curator and scholar, expert in the history of Indo-French relations. He last curated the exhibition Rajas, Nawabs and Firangis, Treasures from the French and Indian archives (1750-1850) at National Museum.

3. Prince, Patron and Patriarch: Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala

Timing: 4:45 pm (1 hour)

 Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain
Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain

Online conversation between the Ambassador of France to India H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, HH Brig Sukhjeet Singh and Cynthia Meera Frederick on the book Prince, Patron and Patriarch: Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala (the book was launched at the Residence of France in 2019).

About the book:

In addition to Maharaja Jagatjit Singh’s extensive ties to France, he was also witnessed to some of the most epochal events, both within India and across the global stage during his distinguished reign, which spanned almost 60 years. Prince, Patron and Patriarch explores many hues and dimensions of his life, character, and achievements, encapsulated as a renowned traveler, an erudite Ruler, a Francophile, and a benevolent patriarch, devoted to his family and his constituents.

This book is an exceptional “love story” between Brigadier H.H. Sukhjit Singh’s grandfather, Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, and French heritage and culture in the twentieth century. The Maharaj’s affinity with France was such that he was known as “Le Roi de la Francophonie” amongst his Princely peers and fellow countrymen.

About the authors:

Brigadier H.H. Sukhjit Singh, the ninth titular Maharaja of Kapurthala, studied at the Doon School, before he went on to attend the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun. He was commissioned into the Scinde Horse Regiment of the Indian Army and was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his gallantry whilst commanding the Scinde Horse during the 1971 Indo–Pakistan conflict. He rose to the rank of Brigadier and upon retirement, has been active in a number of philanthropic and charitable endeavors associated with education, heritage preservation, environmental issues and in the welfare of retired military personnel.

Cynthia Meera Frederick is the Chief Advisor to the Maharaja of Kapurthala. After completing her Bachelors in Art History from Wheaton College, she worked with museums and private collections in the USA and in India. She is responsible for the preservation of the Kapurthala private archives and is active in addressing heritage issues in Kapurthala as well as the state of Punjab. She has consulted various production houses, including TV5 France and the BBC, in the creation of programmes and films depicting the region and is now collaborating on a visual documentary on Maharaja Jagatjit Singh currently in production.

Prince, Patron and Patriarch - Kapurthala
Book Launch of Prince, Patron and Patriarch – Kapurthala

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