Welcome to Arts India, the Indo-Swiss cultural platform

The Indian artistic scene has been particularly active in Switzerland these last years, thanks to the opening of the Pro Helvetia liaison office in New Delhi in 2007 and the impetus given by the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Indo-Swiss friendship treaty of 2008.

Events held in Geneva, Bern, Zurich and other cities keep introducing audiences to India’s multicultural society. Many of these highlight India’s traditional side while others propose to reinterpret the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Arts India opens a window onto many cultural expressions - performing arts, literature, visual arts, applied arts, etc. News of events and projects taking place in Switzerland, linked primarily to India but also including the subcontinent, is updated regularly. In addition, there will be interviews with some of the people who make things happen in this field.

To become as informative and up-to-date as possible, this website also needs your help. If you wish to announce an event happening near you, add a link to our list or send us a comment or suggestion, don't hesitate drop us a line!


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“Since I was not taught [Hindi] methodically but rather picked it up eclectically, it became a wonderfully hybrid Hindi of various Indian flavours, combined with some European touches. It worked to my advantage, as I felt bold and adventurous with this, something I might not have felt had I acquired Hindi through a more conventional, conservative route.” - GS, October 2012

Geetanjali Shree is a Hindi novelist, short-story writer and playwright, whose work has been translated into many languages. In 2012, she was an author-in-residence at the Château de Lavigny, near Morges.

In her last novel, The Empty Space (original Hindi title Khali Jagah), she explores issues of identity and loss through metafiction and narrative fragments.

She discusses her last novel and gives us some insight into her writing process. [read more...]

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