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CELEBRATION Alliance Française of Madras celebrates 60 years

The Alliance Française of Madras is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee year in 2013-2014. The AFM was established in 1953 for the express purpose of promoting French language and culture in the city and to further cultural and linguistic ties between India and France. In the last 60 years the AFM has played the role of cultural ambassador. To celebrate this important milestone, the institution is planning a yearlong calendar of events.

The first of these is an essay competition in English for school and college students. The competition is organised for three age groups and the prizes include free French Language courses at the AFM. On  July 13, the eve of the French National day, there will be a series of talks at the AFM auditorium by eminent speakers — N. Ram, Sadanand Menon and B.S. Ajeetha will speak on ‘Liberty, Equality and Fraternity’. On the same day, an exhibition of archival photos, The Life and Times of the AFM, will be inaugurated at the AFM premises. In October, a three-day event will be held starting with a comic theatre show by the French group Aristobulle on the 17 followed by a Bharatanatyam dance recital  by Alarmel Valli on the 18  and a jazz piano concert by Madhav Chari on the 19. On this occasion the past directors of the Alliance Française of Madras will be honoured.

In addition to these events there will also be several special programmes throughout the year.

For more information and details contact afmadras60@gmail.com or visit www.af.madras.org.

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