The Centre for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS), School of Languages celebrated the International Francophonie Day (Journée internationale de la Francophonie) on 20 and 21 March 2017 with one and a half day seminar on “Francophone Cultural Production and Contemporary French Thought” in Committee Room in SLL&CS. This day is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie’s 77 member states every 20 March to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. There are over 274 million French speakers on Earth.
Later a Frindi (French + Hindi) play was performed by TheatrAmaYur titled “Frontieres.” The play touched upon various themes on frontiers like the caste, religion, international war on oil and the recent migration crisis in Europe. The play also touched upon the issues of women safety by a parody to the situation where the gender status is inverted. What if women were in power and men dominated? This was to drive home the point that even though these gender roles rest on flimsy grounds, they can be extremely oppressing.
CFFS has been celebrating the International Francophonie Day for the past few years with active participation from students from BA, MA and MPhil. Last year, the audience of over 100 people included the Ambassador of Belgium as well. The plays from CFFS touch upon the relevant political issues in a mild way. Last year, the play “Bon Appétit,” directed by Julie David, created a dialogue on food politics in the country.
Gargi is an MA student at Centre for Linguistics and works for The Informer. Photos by Prashant Nawani, an alumnus at Center for German Studies.