Alliance Française de Dhaka

Strange Vortex - অবাকঘূর্ণি - March 08

অবাকঘূর্ণি (Strange Vortex)

Performance by Gidree Bawlee children’s team led by Sumi Rani

Duration : 20 minutes



Gidree Bawlee puppet performance group was formed in 2018. Since its initiation, the group has created multiple puppet and performance projects inspired by the community’s cultural heritage.


In 2023, Sumi Rani, who leads the group, has visited France for a learning residency under the guidance of Laurie Cannac with support from Alliance Francaise de Dhaka. The performance is developed from Sumi’s experience in France and her training with Laurie Cannac. 


Inspired by this work, the Gidree Bawlee children’s team has expanded it into a collaborative piece exploring the societal constraints on imagination and freedom. Drawing from their own experiences and realities, the children add a unique layer to the performance.

Action for Social Development (ASD) presents,


An Event on Underprivileged Children’s Rights


1️⃣ A Roundtable Discussion at 5:00pm


2️⃣ Cultural Performances by the Children of ASD at 6:00pm


📅on 8 March 2024

⏰from 5:00 pm

🕹at Alliance Française de Dhaka, Gulshan    House-08, Road-07, Gulshan-1


🔖 Open to All

From March 20, Alliance Française de Dhaka will kick off a week-long celebration of the French Language and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie) with the Francophone festival called Fête de la Francophonie.


The weeklong programmes include screenings of a wide range of films, translation competition, open door at Gulshan premise and pétanque tournament at Gulshan.


Every year the Francophone community celebrates and promotes worldwide the use of the French language as well as cultural and linguistic diversity.


The Francophonie’s mission mandates are:

  • To promote the French language and cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • To promote peace, democracy and human rights.
  • To support education, training, higher education and research;
  • To foster economic cooperation to bolster sustainable development.

À partir du 20 mars, l’Alliance française de Dhaka célébrera pendant une semaine la langue française et l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) à l’occasion de la Fête de la Francophonie.


Les programmes de la semaine comprennent des projections d’un large choix de films, un concours de traduction, une journée portes ouvertes dans le centre ville de Gulshan et ce même centre ville organise un tournoi de pétanque.


Chaque année, la communauté francophone célèbre et promeut dans le monde entier l’usage de la langue française ainsi que la diversité culturelle et linguistique.


Les missions de la Francophonie sont les suivantes :

  • Promouvoir la langue française et la diversité culturelle et linguistique.
  • Promouvoir la paix, la démocratie et les droits de l’homme.
  • Soutenir l’éducation, la formation, l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche ;
  • Favoriser la coopération économique pour soutenir le développement durable.
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Exploring the Land of Tigers:

A Solo Pattachitra Exhibition on “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ”


Alliance Française de Dhaka is delighted to present a captivating solo exhibition featuring the mesmerizing art of Pattachitra, titled “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ” (In the Land of Tigers in the Month of Boishakh). This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the enchanting world of traditional Bengali scroll painting, reimagined through the lens of contemporary artist Potua Nazir Hossain.


Date: March 22 to April 02, 2024


Time: 6:00 pm


Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Dhanmondi


Pattachitra, an ancient art form originating from the Indian subcontinent, finds new life in the skilled hands of Potua Nazir Hossain. Drawing inspiration from Bengal’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, the artist invites viewers on a journey through the mythical land of tigers, depicted in vibrant colors and intricate details.


In “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ,” Potua Nazir Hossain celebrates the arrival of the Bengali New Year (Boishakh) with a series of mesmerizing Pattachitra paintings that evoke the spirit of the season. Through his meticulous brushwork and masterful storytelling, the artist captures the essence of rural Bengal, where the majestic tiger reigns supreme and the landscape comes alive with the vibrant hues of spring.


Each painting in the exhibition tells a unique story, inspired by folklore, mythology, and the artist’s own imagination. From lush forests teeming with wildlife to bustling village scenes and joyous Boishakh festivities, “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ” offers a glimpse into a world of beauty, wonder, and timeless tradition.


This solo exhibition at Alliance Française de Dhaka provides a platform for Potua Nazir Hossain to showcase his exceptional talent and creativity, while also celebrating the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a cultural connoisseur, or simply curious to explore the world of Pattachitra, this exhibition promises to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.


Join us for the opening reception of “বাঘের দেশে বৈশাখ” at Alliance Française de Dhaka on March 22, and embark on a visual journey through the land of tigers.


Invisible Stories

By Laurie Cannac and a team of Bangladeshi artists


Bangladesh, a country impacted by historical events like the partition of 1947 and the war of 1971, possesses a rich thousand-year-old history that explores the connection between humans and the mystical realm. This heritage is preserved through oral traditions which reflect the present world, historical disruptions, and the fragile unity of Bengali culture.


In her immersive experience in Bangladesh, including workshops, meetings, and the Faim de loup show, Laurie Cannac encountered Bangladeshi stories and artists, deeply moved by their resilient positivity. Inspired by this, she aims to showcase their vitality, humor, and adaptability in a unique production called Invisible Stories. Drawing from the diverse oral traditions that encompass all religious communities, ghost stories, and other supernatural elements, Laurie has formed a team of three versatile actors-dancers-singers to create this multidisciplinary project.


Through a collection of traditional Bengali ghost stories, the artists will reimagine Dhaka, their city-megalopolis, by submerging it in a surreal and dreamlike world. This creative process aims to find explanations for the city’s challenges, such as its notorious traffic, by attributing them to the rural exodus of tree ghosts. The coexistence of the ancient and modern will be portrayed as walls supported by specialized ectoplasm.


Furthermore, the production will allude to historical ghosts, like ghost trains inspired by the tragic passengers of the 1947 convoys. Additionally, the exploration of personal ghosts, intertwined with Jung’s collective unconscious, will add depth to the relationships between the characters. The technical aspects of the production will emphasize the representation of the invisible through various means, including play, movement, objects, and body puppetry.

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Calendar of the production and activities:


1️⃣ In October 2022, a workshop held, and a number of selected Bangladeshi artists participated after workshop at “Wolfed down” event staged at Shilpakala.


2️⃣ From June to September 2023, Laurie had invited a young puppeteer named Summi to participate in various workshops and festivals in France.


3️⃣ On March 8, 2024, Summi and her puppet group will perform at Alliance francaise.


4️⃣ In April 2024, the performances of “Wolfed down” will take place at Shilpakala, Dhaka, Bangladesh and in India.


5️⃣ Rehearsals for “Invisible Stories” will be held in May / June 2024.


6️⃣ In July 2024, Invisible Stories will be showcased at Shilpakala.


7️⃣ Following that, European Tour will be organized.

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