Bonjour India aims to bring French culture to your neighbourhood

To celebrate the Indo-French relations, The French Embassy in India and CulturesFrance conduct ‘Bonjour India – a festival of France in India.' The launch of Bonjour India across the country in 18 cities, from December to February, will bring French culture to the streets. The fete will feature classical dance performances, a literary festival and film screenings.

Says Jerome Bonnafont, Ambassador of France to India: “The eclectic mix of events lined up for Bonjour India promises to enthral India, thus, giving India an experience of different facets that define France. The aim of the festival is to bring together the two countries and facilitate dialogue and corporation in varied fields like art and culture, education, tourism, science and technology, economy…”

The cultural programmes commence with Opus a Kath, a contemporary Kathak performance by Isabelle Anna and her company Kaleidans' Scop at Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan on December 8.

Isabelle Anna is a French Kathak dancer and choreographer. She has trained under the tutelage of Sharmila Sharma in Paris and Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj at the Kathak Kendra, in New Delhi. She has done research and choreographies on Kathak as a medium of expression on Western music, showing the links with other cultures.

The event is open to the public.

The Ambassador of France to India and the Consulate General of Pondicherry will be attending the inaugural function of IFFK 2009.

To celebrate French cinema legendary films from the new wave cinema ‘50 years of French New Wave' will be showcased at the IFFK. A retrospective of films by Jaques Tati, a French filmmaker will be also be screened. Films by debut French directors will be screened at the IFFK too.

Literary festival

A highlight of Bonjour India is the literary festival-‘Meet the Writers' from December 12 to December 16. Writers Pascal Bruckner, Gregoire Bouillier, Catherice Cusset and Nicolas Wild will be attending the event. A discussion on ‘The place of intellectuals in the city' with the French writers, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Paul Zachariah participating, will be organised as will a workshop on the techniques of comic illustration by Nicolas Wild.

Children's films and animation films will be screened at a book fair in the city starting December 18. The children's fete ends on December 28.

Dancer and choreographer from France, Brigitte Chataigner will perform in the city on December 20 as part of the Soorya Festival.

For details contact: 2320666/6578808.