Celebrities and personalities came together to launch Alliance Française of Hyderabad on 3rd November 1980. It soon became a hub for the youth, art & culture lovers in the twin cities. After 40 years, celebrities, students, teachers, and artists are joining hands to launch a whole year of events.

Meet the guests

Unable to be a rock singer, Chantal Pelletier, obsessed with food and movies, writes dark stories that makes you laugh. A prolific writer, shewrote about fifteen works, some of them novels, or essays. She is also the author of a few plays. She has written for television, co-authored mysteries, and animated series and has worked on films. With her caustic humour and fine dialogues, Chantal Pelletier is one of the first women to make it as a ‘noir’ writer. She divides her time between the South of France and Paris.

She is an aficionado of travelling and astronomy and loves a change of scene. She is a co-founder of an association, “C’est-à-dire” dedicated to public readings, an activity she particularly enjoys. The members of the association gather often to enjoy their shared passion.As such, she initiated of the series “lectures gourmandes” the “foody readings”.

Fatima Shahnaz’s first novel, Golconda, was published in New York; KhakiPoems on Pulwama follows several collections of her poetry include SarasavatiShards, Prince of TearsKaleidoscope Eyes and others; an introduction and poem by her were selected for an anthology, In the Arms of Words, published by Sherman Asher Publishers in the United States.

She obtained her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She was awarded a citation by the Government of France in 2010 as “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’). Her interest in Hyderabadi and Western cuisine led her to a course at the Cordon Bleu school in Paris in her teens. She is currently working on her next book: A Gastronomical Album of Indo-French Cuisine of The Deccan Dastarkhan!

Officially restaurant owner and chef, most assuredly, undeniably and absolutely art lover.
 His kitchen opens onto a large garden and his creations are prototypes of artwork on a plate. 
It wouldn’t be surprising if Chef Christophe Dufau served fluorescent green fish-eggs, clams with hokkaido pumpkin and rhubarb, or again the first asparagus of the season as a frozen dessert. 
The real Dufau uses mimosa oil and cardamom in his dressings, carves 100-odd kohlrabis in a day and candies red onion peels.

This Chef has travelled the globe. This native of Draguignan runs on culinary energy, stating assertively that, in the kitchen, there is no such thing as the real way. Though, at Les Bacchanales, there is definitely his way.

The anniversary marks a memorable journey manifested through many achievements. Thousands of learners from the Char Minar Cyber City today find themselves all over the world. Innumerable cultural Alliance Française programmes and exchanges have contributed to the creative pulse of Hyderabad. Important regional collaborations involving Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh with France have taken root thanks to many shared objectives.

To celebrate this journey, Alliance française de Hyderabad, in collaboration with the Institut Français in India, proposes a series of exceptional events from December 2020 to November 2021. The series of events celebrates the friendship between Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and France. It will highlight the bounds around gastronomy in the capital of Deccan, voted “Creative city of gastronomy” by Unesco.