Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bonne nouvelle: AFH turns thirty

Nikhil mg

The bonne nouvelle (good news) is that Alliance Française of Hyderabad (AFH) recently turned 30. The Indo-French educational centre plans to celebrate this by hosting events every month for the next one year. The anniversary celebrations that took place in December on the lawns of Taj Deccan, saw a perfect mélange of Indian and French cultures.

The soiree began with school children from Glendale Academy, Chirec Public School and Meridian School singing in French. Well-known sisters Ankna and Ashrita Arockiam, presented popular Opera numbers such as White Christmas, Habanera and Can’t help loving that man, in Italian, French, Spanish and German. The treat of the evening was to watch Western musicians try their hand at Indian melodies and compositions. Jean- Christophe Bonnafous (France), Max Teller (USA), and Rachele Rapisardi (Italy), performed brilliantly.

Jean-Manuel Duhaut, the new director of the Alliance Française of Hyderabad, expressed his delight on the occasion. It was the beginning of many events that are to unfold during the course of this year. AFH is planning to put together more than 50 cultural events this year making itself one of the most active cultural exchange centers in the twin cities.

January witnessed an assortment of events including In Vivo, a Hip Hop dance show by S’Poart Company from France, Western classical music concert by Schulhoff Trio, film screenings and dance workshops. Some of the events scheduled for February include: Poetry competition for which ‘Love forever’ is the chosen theme; screening of the documentary Salaat by Kaz Rahman at the Prasad film lab; Soiree Amis – an evening dedicated to those who want to speak French with friends or know more about France; etc. In addition, the Alliance Française plans to expand the services of it qualified teachers. According to Duhaut, “We plan to begin French for children at several schools. We are also planning to have French classes at more locations in the city.”

Alliance Française, Goethe Zentrum(German language institute) and the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation’s plans to join forces under one roof at new premises at Masab Tank in March 2011. “This will be the first such affiliation in India”, said Duhaut. He added that “the idea behind collaborating with the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation is to make it one of the most culturally active locations in the city.”

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