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French pavilion at book fair shows growing bilateral relations

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A massive pavilion at the 42nd International Book Fair set up by France, the theme country in this year's edition, depicts the developing bilateral relations between and the European nation in areas like art and literature.

The 14,000-sq ft structure, having separate parts themed on creativity, partnership and innovation, underscores how and are working together in the domains of art, cinema, literature, dance, fashion and technology, French said yesterday.

In one part of the pavilion, digital displays highlight the important achievements of Indian and French film industries, providing glimpses from the days of the Lumiere brothers to contemporary collaborations.

The section contains digital posters of the Indian entry at Cannes Film Festival, the 1953 film 'Do Bigha Zamin' which had garnered international acclaim.

The pavilion also features singular art work installations using diverse interactive expressions in visual art, digital art and sound art by two artistes working under the name 'Scenocosme'.

"The exchange of ideas between and spanned centuries - from Lumiere to Lunchbox, from Madame Gres to .. between and Vedas, Tagore and Alain Danielou, and Simkie. The stream of inspiration between the cultures flows deep and strong," read an inscription on the pavilion.

The largest theme country pavilions at the book fair in past editions have been within the 5,000 sq ft area limit, of the Publishers' and Booksellers' Guild, Tridib Chatterjee said.

With being the focal theme country, most of the book fair gates are replicas of French architecture in India like that in Chandernagore and Puducherry, he added.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 15:25 IST