As part of Bonjour India – incubating dreams, ideas and projects which aim to move the partnership between India and France into the future, Kolkata saw the launch of the Zulma Platformat the Apeejay Building on 10th January. This is a literary residency programme with Haitian writers and poets Makenzy Orcel and James Noël which will conclude on 20th January. The programme is aimed at allowing Francophone authors from around the world (the Caribbean, Africa, Maghreb, America) to discover India in depth through collaborative writing, poetry sessions, book cover design exhibitions and publishing master classes. Between January 11 & 15, the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival will see James and Makenzy along with Indian poet & editor Sudeep Sen and publisher of Zulma Laure Leroy, bring the burning life of words to the City of Joy.
Subsequently, the programme will eventually take place in other cities across India, curated each time by a different French publisher known for its creativity, who will get the opportunity to bring the crème-de-la-crème of its new creations to India.
Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh, General Curator of Bonjour India said, “Zulma is the perfect platform sharing the core essence of Bonjour India translated into the literary worlds of France and India. Through this unique residency, French authors from around the world will have the opportunity to collaborate with Indian talent and explore partnerships and ideas. Bonjour India marks the start of this journey which I am sure will fructify into a major landmark initiative bringing together the world of French literature in India.”