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20th Anniversary of GRFI

20th Anniversary of GRFI

Group of Franco-Indian Reflection (GRFI) celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 6th, 2010 in the presence of GRFI president Mrs. Lalitha Badrinath and distinguished guests such as the H.E. Rajan Mathai, Indian Ambassador to France, and Jean Marc le Rudulier, Mayor of the City of Buc, among others.

 

GRFI's 20th anniversary

 

During the celebrations, the ambassador addressed the public by appreciating the efforts of GRFI as a representative of Indian heritage and culture in France which he regarded as one of the world's great centres for cultural exchanges. He lauded the achievements of the group through its intellectual and cultural engagements as a critical step for more substantive understanding of India and its heritage, leading on to a better knowledge of what India stands for. His excellency also remarked that the group's and others' interest in having an Indian cultural centre in Paris may soon become a reality with the acquisition of a building to the effect in near future. He also hoped that the centre will become a place for lectures, presentations, cultural events, and classes in music, dances and other India related events that can be held in the very heart of Paris. He also remarked that GRFI's 20th anniversary coincided with the ongoing 'Namaste France' festival this year in France that is aimed at presenting a bouquet of Indian cultural activities for French audiences.

 

Jean-Marc Le Rudulier, the Mayor of the city of Buc felicitated the group and honoured the Ambassador and Mr.& Mrs. Badrinath, the founders of the GRFI, with the Medal of Honour of the City of Buc. Born in 1990, the GRFI has been bringing Indian and Indophile French together for a shared interest in Indo-French culture and heritage. The group was founded by the Badrinaths. In keeping with the true spirit of sharing, the membership to the group is free. Throughout the year, with monthly meetings in English or French (with bilingual support), members discover an aspect of Indo-French philosophy, spirituality, sciences, music, languages, history, religion, technology shared and discussed by an expert member on the subject.

 

Over a period of the last twenty years, subjects were discussed around the theme of 'Evolution of Musical Forms of India', 'Ethno-linguistics with special reference to India', 'From Cultural Differences to Cultural Preferences', ' Les Français et l’Inde du 17 ème siècle à nos jours', 'Caste in Contemporary India', 'Misconceptions about Indian Philosophy', 'L’importance de la culture indienne dans la joaillerie française', 'Intercultural Communication', 'Science in ancient and modern India', 'Bilingualism', 'We in France: Professionals', ' Religious art in Europe and India', 'Knowledge: a rational point of view', ' History and Evolution of Bollywood Music', ' Writing on the computer: Unicode and the Indian scripts' and portraits and works of personalities such as Rabindranath Nath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Toshihiko Izutsu, Marcel Proust, Napoleon I, Sri Aurobindo, Descartes, ....to name only a few from an extensive list.

 

For further information, contact:

Groupe de Réflexion Franco-Indien

(Association régie par la loi du 1er Juillet, 1901)

10, rue Charles Gounod, 78530, Buc
Tel: +33 (0) 1 39 56 47 89
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