Bengal and France share a special bond: Virginie Corteval, CG of France in Calcutta | Calcutta News


Where there is love and appreciation, geographic boundaries cease to exist. This is the link between India and France. And a great proof of this link is Alliance française du Bengale ending 80 years in Bengal. Consul General of France in Calcutta, Virginie Corteval, declared: “This anniversary, in itself, testifies to the strong and special bond that exists between Bengal and France.” On the occasion of this special occasion, a program was recently organized and presented by the Alliance française du Bengale in association with the Kolkata Contemporary Communication Center. Participants included Professor Chinmoy Guha, who is also a distinguished French author, academician and scholar and former vice-president of the Alliance française du Bengale; Ruby Palchaudhuri, former president of the center, and Samuel Berthet, director of the Hyderabad center, professor and historian.

They struck up a conversation about the Indo-French cultural relationship from 1910 to 1950, taking audiences into the deeper world of Rabindranath Tagore, Romain Rolland, Sylvain Lévi, Kalidas Nag, Visva Bharati University, Kolkata, The River by Renoir and more. again. “It’s so reassuring to hear about the Alliance française du Bengale at a time when the world is disintegrating. It is about convergence and harmony between two exceptional cultures. It’s not an accident or a brain wave from a circle of friends. It is the fruit of a long love affair between France and Bengal, which began in the 19th century with Raja Ram Mohan Roy. There was also Erosion which hoisted the French flag atop a monument in Kolkata after the French Revolution. Bengal’s love for France was not accidental. It was a quest for an alternative discourse and the Alliance française du Bengale contributed to it. It is not just a center for language education, ”said Professor Guha.

While Virginie Corteval greeted the public on this occasion, there was a welcome speech by the president of the center, Kanchana Mukhopadhyay, and the director of the center, Mr. Fabrice Plançon. “I wish from the bottom of my heart that we will continue to nurture cultural exchanges between our two countries, whether it be virtually, or back to Park Street in the presence of all our guests, once the pandemic is over”, Virginia said.


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