Festival celebrating the opening of the French Library, October 23, 2010
The landmark familiar to Francophiles, Francophones and lovers of world literature and the arts, the French Information Resource Centre, now has a new address. Merged with the library of the Alliance française de Delhi, the new multimedia library houses a collection of over 30,000 books, periodicals, and multimedia resources, including over 2000 DVDs.
On Saturday 23 October from 1pm onwards: the Alliance française de Delhi organised an afternoon of linguistic celebration with French storyteller extraordinaire Muriel Bloch, whose genre-bending performances have earned her a devoted following in France and abroad.
Sharing the stage with her was Delhi’s very own Dastangoi, comprising Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain, and designed by Anusha Rizvi – all of ‘Peepli Live’ fame – for the recitation of an Urdu tale in a unique performative style.
As an introduction to these two literary tours de force, excerpts from “L’Indiscrète”, the short film festival, were screened. ‘L’Indiscrète’ was conceptualised as a cinematic panorama depicting contemporary Indian society, shot by students from film schools in India and subtitled in French by their peers in French studies. Commissioned by the French Embassy as part of the Bonjour India festival, the project is emblematic of the cross-cultural collaborations that Alliance française embodies as an organization.