Cultural Events

Cine Club: Black Venus

Black Venus (2010) (original title: Venus Noire) by Abdellatif Kechiche SYNOPSIS: Paris 1817, the Royal Academy of Medicine. “I have never seen a human head so similar to that of an ape’s”. Standing by a molded cast of Saartjie Baartman’s body, anatomist Georges Cuvier’s verdict is categorical. Seven years earlier, Saartjie left her native South Africa with her master, Caezar, to ... Read More »

International Museum Day

For the 37th year in a row, the international museum community will celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) on 17 May, 2014. Events and activities have been organised in thousands of museums all over the world to celebrate this festive day for the museum community. This year, more than 35,000 museums are getting ready to celebrate the event in more than ... Read More »

Patrick Faigenbaum, a French photographer in residency in Kolkata

Conference with Patrick Faigenbaum, winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award The Alliance française du Bengale welcomes Patrick Faigenbaum, a renowned French photographer, in residency in Kolkata. Mr. Faigenbaum won the famous Henri Cartier-Bresson Award last year for his project “Kolkata”. We invite him to deliver a talk on his work on Thursday 16th May 2014. Patrick Faigenbaum is a major ... Read More »

Cine Club: La clé de la chambre à lessive

La clé de la chambre à lessive (2013) by  Floriane Devigne SYNOPSIS: The key to the communal laundry room in the block of flats on the Rue de Genève 85 in Lausanne serves a much greater function than merely unlocking the door. This encounter between a symbol of typical Swiss mentality with a penchant for order and the tenants who have ... Read More »

Cine Club: Games of love and chance

Games of love and chance (2003) by Abdellatif Kechiche SYNOPSIS Games of Love and Chance (French: L’Esquive) is a 2003 French film drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Sara Forestier. It won the Cesar Award for Best Film, Best director, Best Writing and Most Promising Actress. A group of teenagers from the housing projects of the Paris suburbs practice a passage from the play ... Read More »

Urban Designing: International Perspectives

As part of the mission “heritage architecture and urbanism”, organized by the Alliance française du Bengale and the French Institute in Delhi, Florence Bougnoux, architect and urban planner from France, will give on “Urban Designing: International Perspectives” a talk at The Palladian Lounge (on Monday 5 May 2014 from 5:30 pm) She will present some new town projects in France, as well ... Read More »

Cine Club: La Baie des Anges

La Baie des anges (1963) A film by Jacques Demy SYNOPSIS: Jean Fournier (Claude Mann) is a young bank employee who is encouraged by his friend Caron to take an interest in gambling. After winning money in a game of roulette, he decides to vacation in Nice, where he falls in love with Jackie (Jeanne Moreau), divorced and mother to ... Read More »

An afternoon reflexion on colonial architectural heritage of Bengal

Promoting colonial architectural heritage of  Bengal in the context of the development of cultural tourism. Indeed, colonial architecture not only bears the traces of colonial exploitation but also highlights the assimilation of two distant foreign cultures. A study of these vestiges which are easily visible on 50 kilometres of bank of the river Hooghly, between Kolkata and the town of Tribeni, is an open air ... Read More »

Conference on the Indo-French nuclear relations (1948-1978)

Jayita Sarkar used to be a student of Alliance française du Bengale and is now finalizing a history thesis in the department of international history at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. This event is about exposing her thesis as a conference and an interactive discussion.This doctoral dissertation explores the dynamics of Franco-Indian nuclear relations in the backdrop of U.S. counter-proliferation ... Read More »

Grand Paris / les Halles redevelopment : what’s up now? Lessons for Megapolis

David Mangin and Florence Bougnoux, architects form  Paris, and who have  been working on the Grand Paris project, will present the redevelopment of one of  Paris’s iconic venues. They will also interact with the students and teachers of the Department of Architecture at BESU (Shibpur University). Please register if interested : Guest Speakers :   1.Florence Bougnoux : architect, town-planner and ... Read More »