The All-India Idole Indienne 2018 Singing Contest came to a glittering conclusion at the historic Amphitheatre of the Fergusson College, Pune, on 1st September, where 18 students from all the 5 Zones of the IATF competed against each other to win the coveted Idole indienne 2018 Trophy and Prize.
20 year old Shivangi Kale from Pune, won the contest, in the above 18 category, from the West Zone and stole everyone’s hearts. She charmed the judges and the audience with her poise, stage presence and enthralling voice. She sang the powerful Habanera Aria (L’amour est un oiseau rebelle), from the 1875 Opera ‘Carmen’, by French composer, Georges Bizet. Incidentally, she had won the First prize in the West Zone Semi-finals as well. She received not only a Trophy and several other goodies, but also a Free Return ticket to Taipei and an opportunity to represent India, in November 2018 at the Asia Pacific Vision Singing competition in which several francophone countries will participate. In the words of Monserrat Cabal, “When a singer truly feels and experiences what music is all about, the words will automatically ring true”.
In the below 18 category, Parvathy from South Zone took away the First Prize, with Adaa Bani (the youngest participant) from North Zone coming in 2nd place and Aldine from Central Zone being the 2nd Runner Up.
In the Above 18 category, Ruchika Kulkarni from Pune, West Zone came in 2nd place and Roseanne Barretto, from Central Zone was the 2ndRunner Up.
The Members of the Jury included M. Christophe Legris, the outgoing Attaché for Cooperation in French Language, French Embassy, Mumbai,Mrs. Aban Davar, senior Professor from the Alliance française de Bombay and a trained Singer and Madame Marie Doublier, the Attaché de Coopération pour l’Éducation en Inde.
In the past few weeks, many students of French from all over the country were honing their musical talents, in order to participate in the Idole indienne Contest – (a Triennial Competition of French songs in 2 categories – below 18 years and above 18 years). This platform has been provided to them by the IATF (Indian Association of Teachers of French, founded in 1953, at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai), in association with Institut français, India, which encourages students of French to express their passion for singing, while promoting French culture at the same time.
A whopping number of 52 participants from several schools and colleges vied with each other from the 4 cities of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Baroda, competing with each other to get selected for the Grande Finale at Pune, on 1stSeptember.
Shivangi is now all set to bring glory to both India and the IATF, at the international competition to be held in Taipei in November 2018.