City: New Delhi
Date: Sun, 2013/01/20 – 7:00pm
Bonjour India is back !
Riding the wave of success from its first edition in 2009-2010, the Institut Français en Inde and the French Embassy in India in association with the network of the Alliances Françaises in India as also the Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) are set to launch the second edition of Bonjour India, Festival of France in India from January to mid April 2013 in 16 cities.
From Mumbai to Chandigarh, Jaipur to Kolkata, Delhi to Trivandrum, or then again Chandigarh to Nasik, a total of 16 cities will welcome over a hundred extraordinary cultural events ranging from the artistic, literary, cinematic, educational and sportive encompassing wholesome dimensions of people to people exchange.
Highlighting original creations made by Indian and French artists for this edition of the festival, giving place of pride to the rich diversity of Indo French projects, Bonjour India 2013 unveils: Luminocity, a festival of lights and image projections by Patrick Rimoux, Nandita Palchoudhuri, designer duo Hemant Sagar & Didier Lecoanet and music by Scratch Bandits Crew ! In dance, Delhi and Mumbai shall welcome the Ballet Preljocaj with stage designing by artist Subodh Gupta, in theatre Eric Vigner casts Nandita Das in the play India Song written by Marguerite Duras, in music, composer Pierre Thilloy and the symphonic orchestra of Avignon give an original rendition with sarod maestro Ustad Amjat Ali Khan. Visual and Digital arts will not take a back seat and will be visible through a global platform of choreographic navigation for ipads and iphones by the group N+N Corsino with Indian dancers Revanta Sarabhai, Pooja Purohit, a photography exhibition of Anay Mann, Gigi Scaria, …. shall revisit French heritage in India, finally “angels” enthrall the public with aerial dance at emblematic venues in Delhi and Baroda.
During the festival a marked French presence shall be witnessed at major literary events in India, France being the country of honour at the World Book Fair, while the Jaipur Festival prepares to welcome Michel Houellebecq winner of the Prix Goncourt 2010 and Tahar Ben Jelloun winner of the Prix Goncourt 2007. The centenary of the birth of Albert Camus shall be celebrated across India through a series of events.
From innovation to fashion , to new trends, revisiting the past (baroque music, Amarallis) to the present and then the future (architecture exhibition Greater Paris, on creating sustainable futuristic cities), the 2013 edition of Bonjour India promises to be both a festival for everyone as also for those with eclectic tastes, reflecting the long and beautiful shared history between France and India: a common passion for the arts and a rich nurturing ground for new meetings, an eternal rewriting of the history between the two countries.
Wish you a great Festive season. France says BONJOUR INDIA!
For more information, log on to www.bonjour-india.in