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PM Modi: First member of Ahmedabad’s Alliance Française; All you need to know about the French Cultural Centre

PM Narendra Modi's Alliance Française' membership reflects the importance of cultural diplomacy in building international relationships.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Jul 14, 2023 11:01 IST
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PM Modi interact with the Indian diaspora in France. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@narendramodi)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently became the first member of Ahmedabad’s Alliance Francaise marking a significant cultural milestone between India and France. It is a renowned cultural institution which plays a vital role in promoting French language, arts, and culture worldwide.

Let’s explore the history, significance, and activities of the Alliance Française in Ahmedabad, shedding light on its contributions to the Indo-French cultural exchange.

Alliance Française: A brief history

The Alliance Française was founded in Paris in 1883 with the aim of promoting French language and culture internationally. It has since grown into a global network of cultural centers, fostering cultural exchange and mutual understanding between France and various countries. In India, the Alliance Française has a prominent presence in several cities, including Ahmedabad.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi’s 42-years old membership card at the Alliance Française is  also doing rounds across social media platforms. The membership/registration card is dated December 5, 1981 with an accepted fees of Rs 120.


PM Modi’s 42-year-old Alliance Française

Dwelling into Ahmedabad’s Alliance Française

The Alliance Française in Ahmedabad serves as a dynamic hub for French language learning and cultural engagement. It offers a range of courses, workshops, and cultural events, attracting students, artists, and enthusiasts alike. The center provides a platform for promoting French language proficiency, artistic expression, and intercultural dialogue.

Alliance Française’ key objective: To facilitate French language learning

One of the primary objectives of the Alliance Française in Ahmedabad is to facilitate French language learning. It offers courses for all levels, from beginners to advanced learners. These courses are taught by experienced and qualified instructors who use effective teaching methodologies to develop students’ language skills, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Cultural Activities and Events

The Alliance Française organizes a vibrant array of cultural activities and events throughout the year. These include film screenings, art exhibitions, theater performances, concerts, and literary gatherings. These events not only showcase the rich diversity of French culture but also provide a platform for artists and performers from both India and France to collaborate and showcase their talents.

Libraries and Resource Centers

The Alliance Française in Ahmedabad houses well-equipped libraries and resource centers that provide access to a wide range of French literature, reference materials, and multimedia resources. Students and members can explore French literature, language textbooks, magazines, and films, enriching their understanding of French culture and language.

Exchange Programs and Scholarships

The Alliance Française actively promotes exchange programs and scholarships, offering opportunities for Indian students, artists, and professionals to immerse themselves in the French language and culture. These programs enable participants to study in France, engage with French institutions, and establish connections with French counterparts, fostering cross-cultural collaborations.

The Alliance Française in Ahmedabad plays a pivotal role in promoting French language learning, fostering cultural exchange, and strengthening the Indo-French ties. Through its diverse range of activities and programs, the Alliance Française continues to contribute significantly to the cultural fabric of Ahmedabad and deepen the understanding and appreciation of French language and culture in India.


First published on: Jul 14, 2023 10:46 AM IST

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