Artistic-Dialogue

Into the Labyrinth a documentary film on Alain Danielou by Riccardo Biadene

In Banaras (now Varanasi) Daniélou and his life partner, the Swiss photographer Raymond Burnier made for 15 years their home in Rewa palace, on the banks of the Ganga. Here Daniélou became a Sanskrit scholar, converted to Hinduism, studied Indian classical music, played the veena professionally and wrote books about Veda, Hindu philosophy and Shivaism. Since 1950 Daniélou is the curator of the first world classical music collection for UNESCO. In 1963, been back to Europe, he founds and directs the Berlin International Institute for Comparative Studies and Documentation, carrying on the recordings for the UNESCO collection. Indian Music, Dance, Religion, Tradition vs Modernity, Sculpture and Philosophy are explored in this documentary through the eyes and the autobiography of Daniélou himself “The Way to the Labyrinth”, with a main focus on traditional Indian music , the “the Music of Gods”. 

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This documentary film tells the story of an adventurous musical journey that follows the life of Alain Daniélou starting in Brittany, passing through India, to reach Berlin, Venice and Rome. It was in the Rewa Palace on the banks for the Ganga in Banares—now known as Varanasi—that Daniélou and his life partner, the Swiss photographer Raymond Burnier, made their home for fifteen years. Here Daniélou became a Sanskrit scholar, converted to Hinduism, studied Indian classical music, the Veena to a professional level, and wrote various books on Vedic studies, Hindu philosophy and Shivaism. 

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