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Trip to France
A Trip to France, 1970
A photo exhibition by Parmanand Dalwadi

Experience Dalwadi’s journey to France in the 70’s traced in 50 photographs. Captured with his Nikon F, these also showcase the influence of Cartier-Bresson on his art.

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Prepare to time travel in France through an Indian look!

The year is 1970. You are in France looking at life in the era of disco and boogie. Long hair and moustaches adorn the heads of the men and la mode grips the spirits of the women. Fashion is in the air along with protests (it is France, after all) and life is beautiful. As they would say in France, “La vie est belle”.

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This exhibition focuses on Prof. Parmanand Dalwadi’s journey to France in the ’70s tracing 50 photos captured with his Nikon F and the influence of Cartier-Bresson on his art. He captured incongruous and unusual situations combining humour, tenderness and observations of French society which are described with short stories for each photo.

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Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Venue: Pune Handmade Papers, Shivajinagar, Pune


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Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Venue: Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad


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Time: 12 pm – 8 pm (Except Public Holidays like Gudi Padva)
Venue: Piramal Art Gallery NCPA, Nariman Point


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Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Venue: Taj Palace, 2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, ND – 21


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Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Venue: Art Konsult, 1, Basement, Hauz Khas Village, ND-16


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Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Venue: Alliance Française Chandigarh


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Inauguration: 21 May | 6:30 pm
Exhibition on view: 22 May to 29 May | 11 am – 7 pm
Venue: Alliance Française Bhopal


◉ Free entry, open to all
◉ No registration required
◉ Strict adherence to Covid-19 Protocol


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Venue: Chitramayee, the State Gallery of Art, Madhapur

Exhibition opening: May 22 at 4 pm | Entry by invitation
Exhibition on view: May 23 – June 8
Time: 11 am – 6 pm (all days)


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Exhibition opening: June 8 at 6:30 pm | RSVP: [email protected]

Exhibition on view: June 9 – June 30
Time: 9:30 am – 5:30  pm (all days)

Venue: Alliance Française Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, P B 108, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052


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Exhibition opening: June 18, 6:30 pm

Exhibition on view: June 19 – July 2
Time: 3:00 pm- 8 pm (all days)

Venue:  Birla Academy of Art & Culture – 4th floor


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About the artist

Prof. Parmanand Dalwadi, born in a craftsman family in Gujarat, graduated in Fine Arts from M.S.U. Baroda in 1963 and did his post-graduation in Visual Communication from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 1968.

He accompanied Mr Henri Cartier-Bresson, the world-renowned photo-journalist of high repute on his journey to northern India in 1965. In return, Cartier-Bresson picked him and placed him in pictorial services, Paris to work with the legendary Pierre Gassmann with funding from the Ford Foundation.

He met his wife Radium in France and she can be seen in a few of his captured stills. Parmanand was the President of Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad for a period of 6 years.

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Image © Parmanand Dalwadi

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