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France Heritage

Type: Event
Location: Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road
City: Chennai
Date: Wed, 2013/03/27 – 7:00pm
Price: Open to all
Category: Exhibition
Duration: 7 days

The Embassy of France in India, Institut Français, Teamwork and theIndian Council for Cultural Relations,
in association with the
Alliance Française of Madras, Lalit Kala Akademi and Prakriti Foundation

Invite you to

France Heritage
A photographer’s take on French cultural heritage in India


Chief Guest – Jean Francois LESAGE, world renowned embroidery designer
With the special presence of Anay Mann, artist and curator of the exhibition and Gigi Scaria, artist

Participating artists: Anay Mann, Gigi Scaria, Rishi Singhal, Serena Chopra along with Jean-Pierre Dubois and Isabel Saij

The French East India Company competed with the British and maintained independent trading posts in the 18th and 19th century in Pondicherry, Chandernagore, Mahe, Yanam and Karaikal. The French brought to India a new way of life, trade, governance, military warfare techniques, creating a confluence of cultural diversity which we now define as shared cultural heritage. The tangible built heritage varies from forts and military installations to public buildings, residential buildings, public squares, urban artifacts and even urban city planning. Intangible influences on culture include education systems, trade, art, design, interiors and culinary traditions.

Based on a ground-breaking research by Aishwarya Tipnis, eminent Indian and French photographers revisited French built and intangible heritage in India in 2012 and brought to life what remains of France in India in an exciting journey. 2013 unveils this narrative through on-site and gallery exhibitions of this incredible Indo-French history.


Alliance Française of Madras
No. 24 College road
Nungambakkam, Chennai 600006