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Date(s) - 25/09/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Alliance Française du Bengale


To mark the celebration of the 80th year of Alliance française in Bengal, India, we have  collaborated with Institut Français India and Bingsha Shatabdi and organised an online reading & drawing event on 25 September at 6:30 pm IST with Ms. Karthika Naïr, Ms. Joëlle Jolivet and Ms. Bijal Vachharajani.
Mr. Emmanuel LEBRUN-DAMIENS – Counsellor for Education, Science and Culture, Embassy of France in India, and Country Director, French Institute in India will say few words on the occasion.
The Panel will be presented by Dr. Christine CORNET, Attachée Débat d’Idées et Livre at Institut français India. The Bangla version will be recited by Ms. Kanchana MUKHOPADHYAY, Owner – Bingsha Shatabdi, French Book corner, Kolkata.
Theme: Fables & Écologie
Medium: French, English, Bangla
Platform : Facebook LIVE and Zoom Webinar
This event is focused towards adults as well as children.
Register in advance for this webinar : (limited seats on Zoom)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
About the speakers : 
Karthika Naïris a poet, dance producer, and librettist. Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, her reimagining of the Mahabharata in multiple voices, won the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Award for fiction. Canny dogs, cantankerous demon-tigers, feisty goddesses, and honey-loving young ‘uns populate her writing, just as temperamental choreographers and dancers fill her life.
Joëlle Jolivethas created numerous internationally acclaimed children’s books, including Oops!, Bonesville, and 365 Penguins, which was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

Bijal is an award-winning children’s book author. Her books include A Cloud Called Bhura, Seed Savers, What’s Neema Eating Today and So You Want to Know About the Environment. She co-authored 10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet and The Great Indian Nature Trail with Uncle Bikky. She is a senior editor at Pratham Books where she leads a team that creates picture books. She has been the editor of Time Out Bengaluru, and has worked with, 350.org, Fairtrade and Sanctuary Asia. She is part of Nalanda Academy’s Abhiyan Library movement. She believes that reading and nature have magical powers. She has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace from the University of Peace in Costa Rica and is now a certified climate worrier.