"Experience France With A Dash Of India At The Book Fair", Says Sudeshna Banerjee

A visit to the Book Fair will not be complete this year without stepping into the France pavilion. Located at the Karunamoyee crossing end of the fair, the pavilion is the biggest focus country pavilion in the history of the fair.

Titled The Experience, it is a largely digital exhibition showcasing the scale and richness of the past, present and future of Indo-French relations. "It is the flagship exhibition of Bonjour India,” said Bertrand de Hartingh, counsellor for cooperation and cultural affairs, of the embassy of France. Bonjour India is the ongoing festival of France in India that is currently underway in 33 cities.

The exhibition is divided into three parts. The first section is based on Creativity. A flipbook replicates the corresponding page on a large screen as one turns the pages of the actual book. The first page is a Hindi translation of an Asterix title, reminding one of the origin of the creation in French. Three smaller screens show clips in a loop If one is on Opera Nationale de Paris, the world's oldest opera company, another is on Uday Shankar and Simkie, his French dance partner of 20 years. The documentary Simkie Paris Delhi was made by Simkie’s grand niece.

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