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Alliance Art GalleryWhen you think of French, the only name that comes to mind is Alliance Francaise. As a place which reflects French culture and teaches French, Alliance Francaise is the only the international centre of this kind with a global network. And belonging to this global family is Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad, whose Indo-French Cultural Centre has been blending culture and education.

Alliance FrancaiseFounded in 1980, the Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad is an institute promoting French and its culture, and encouraging Indo-French cultural exchanges. "There are many foreign centres in the world, which are striving to spread their culture as well as education, but Alliance Francaise is the only centre to enrich relations with local societies," said Dr Jean-Pierre Pagliano, Director of Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad.

Aesthetic displays at AllianceThe French education system at Alliance Francaise includes levels followed by examinations. "All those, who pass the examinations will get internationally recognised certificates and diplomas from French Embassy in India and the French Ministry of Education depending upon the levels," says Dr. Jean-Pierre Pagliano. The courses are open to one and all. A prior knowledge of the English language will be an added advantage. "Though we offer no magic recipes, Alliance Francaise knows a great deal about teaching French. After all it was established in Paris over a hundred years ago and now has more than 1600 centres all over the world," Jean-Pierre said. "All our teachers, French or Indian, are qualified and trained to help with your specific needs in the language. Our classes are personalised and based on a user-friendly communicative approach using the latest in teaching techniques," he added.

Jean Pierre, DirectorApart from being a French institute, Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad is also a hangout for artists, critics and art lovers. It houses a 16 mm Cine Art Club Theatre, which screens a variety of films and slide shows on Art and Culture. "We have conducted many art exhibitions, Film Festivals, Music concerts and Dance Recitals in Hyderabad since its inception. Hyderabad centre is trying its best to add to the reputation of Alliance Francaise by conducting regular Film Festivals," Jean-Pierre said.

Education with freedomThe centre offers information on various data carriers - directories, encyclopedias, CD ROMs, Internet periodicals, newspapers, press reviews. The centre also houses a video and audio library along with books for all age groups in English and French. The books cover various fields like theatre, poetry, politics, economics, commerce, history, fine arts, regions, tourism, gastronomy, culture, cinema, philosophy, literary studies, children's books, comic strips and a wide array of novels along with easy French books.

This centre is without a doubt is the soul of France in the twin cities!

Address: Alliance de Hyderabad, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad -500 063. Phone: 91-40-3236646, 3298442. Fax: 91-40-323 1684.
- Krishna Chaitanya Karanam

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