Stevie Wonder has rightly said, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand”. But for the many students of French, who are struggling to master the language, a new study suggests there may be hope for those who are trying to get to a grip on this foreign language – they should try singing it instead.
This has been amply illustrated in the last month or so, when the IATF (Indian Association of Teachers of French, – founded in 1953 at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai), has been busy organizing the 5th Edition of its triennial event ‘Idole Indienne’, in association with the French Embassy – an All India Singing competition of French songs for students of French in schools, colleges and other French Institutions. Students who have barely started learning the language have been enthusiastically participating in the Elimination Rounds being conducted in different zones of the IATF.
The whole event is driven to generate excitement and engagement of the students in the language while creating a platform for the musically gifted among them. The efforts are visible in the calibre of the singers, who are proving to be quite a surprise package.
The teachers in the West Zone, consisting mainly of the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Baroda have taken great pains to motivate their students to participate in the competition. After weeks of preparation and feverish activity, in which several schools and colleges have been holding elimination rounds in their own institutions, the stage has been set for the Mumbai Finals which will be taking place on 11th August at Ecole Intuit Lab, a French Institute of Visual Communication and Graphic Design at Prabhadevi.
Mrs Prochy Master, the Secretary of the IATF, West Zone, entrusted with the task of organizing and coordinating the entire event for all the four cities of the West Zone, was keen that no student who participated in the event should go home empty-handed. So, students have been eligible to win not only Trophies but also gift bags to acknowledge their efforts. Contestants at the Elimination level have received a Certificate of Participation as well as a Medal, discount vouchers from SoundMonk School of Music and other goodies. A huge number of students are participating from schools like RN Podar School, (CBSE), Santa Cruz, SVKM JV Parekh International School, at Vile Parle, St. Mary’s (ICSE) and Witty’s International, Malad, among others.
Three winners from each school, (from two categories – above 18 and below 18 years) will then battle it out at the Mumbai Finals, after which two from each category will qualify for the Zonal Semi-finals being held on 25th August, at Dhirubhai Ambani International School, BKC where a star Jury comprising of distinguished people who are renowned both in the field of the French Language and in Music, will select the two best Singers from each Category.
The Grand Finale is to be held at Pune on 1st September 2018 at the prestigious Fergusson College Amphitheatre and will be organized by the President of the West Zone, Mrs Nandita Wagle and the Project Coordinator for all the Zones, Mrs Jaya Gadgil. Sponsors like Langers and Goyal Saab Publishers have come forward to help bear the expenses of hosting the participants from all zones.
The first prize winner in the above 18 category will get the enviable opportunity of representing India at Taipei, at the AsiaPac Vision Competition of French Songs on 11th November 2018 in which several Francophone countries are participating, in addition to getting a trophy and other gifts. And thus the curtains will be drawn on another edition of Idole Indienne, till the next one rolls around, three years later.