Indo-French cultural festival begins Dalwadi’s photographs capture life in war-free Paris, says Consul General of France

Marking the start of the Indo-French cultural festival “Bonjour India” in Ahmedabad on Thursday, which will include an exhibition of photographs of Paris in the 1970s clicked by photographer Parmanand Dalwadi, the Consul General of France in Bombay Jean-Marc Sere-Charlet said said that Dalwadi’s photographs are imbued with the “joie de vivre” of Parisians “from another era, without war in Ukraine”.

Séré-Charlet was speaking at the Alliance Française in Ahmedabad where he was present to mark the launch of the event in the city, and added that Dalwadi’s photographs show how an Indian artist saw contemporary France in the 1960s. 1970, and remarked that he was “happy to show that France and India can work together”.

Bonjour India 2022 will cover 19 cities across the country, including three key events in Ahmedabad, with the cultural festival organized by the French cooperation network in India comprising the Embassy and Consulates of France in India, the French Institute in India and the Alliance française network in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, with the support of various public and private partners.

The Ahmedabad events include two photo exhibitions – “The Convergence: French Photography Connections in India”, which will remain open at Amdavad ni Gufa from Thursday to April 2, and “Le Voyage en France”, which is an exhibition of photographs clicked by Parmanand Dalwadi from and will be exhibited at the Alliance Française.

The exhibition “La Convergence” will include photos of India taken over two and a half centuries by Indian and French photographers who traveled or lived in India from the mid-19th century until the 1970s. These will include photos journalist Marc Riboud, surgeon-turned-photographer Jean-Baptiste Oscar Mallitte, traveller, writer and artist Louis-Théophile Marie Rousselet, among others.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sere-Charlet said Paris in the 1970s was “a place imbued with a certain joie de vivre, a nonchalance ‘that no longer subsists with the ongoing war nearby,'” with Russia going to war against Ukraine”. .

The third flagship event will include “S.Thala”, a dance performance inspired by the novel “L’Amour” by Marguerite Duras, which will take place on Friday at the Natarani Amphitheater.

Darcy J. Skinner