THE ALAIN DANIÉLOU CENTENARY YEAR (1907-2007)
Events in 7 countries and at 14 venues under the patronage and with the help of
The Embassy of India in Rome,
The Embassy of India in Berlin
The Embassy of France in India
The Municipality of Zagarolo
The Municipality of Neuilly-sur-Seine
The Municipality of Rome
The Municipality of Venice
The Cini Foundation in Venice
Intercutural Institut fro Comparative Music Studies, Venice
The Lazio Region
The Province of Rome
Rome University “La Sapienza”, Faculty of Oriental Studies
The Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient
The Cultural Centre Culturel Saint Louis de France in Rome
The Alliance Française of Venice
The Alliance Française of Delhi
La Maison des Cultures du Monde of Paris
The Lifelive Association of Paris
Isabella Scelsi Foundation, Rome
Italian University Institute for Concerts
Le Centre des Monuments Nationaux Français
L’Abbaye du Thoronet
The Regional Council Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
The General Council of the Var
The Municipality of the Thoronet
The Indian International Centre of Delhi
The India Committee for the Alain Daniélou Centenary
The Attic, Delhi
Association Musicale Ex Novo of Venice
Association Musicale Nuova Consonanza of Rome
Fondazione RomaEuropa (TeatroPalladium)
Venice University “Ca’Foscari” (Department of Eurasian Studies)
Province of Venice
The Veneto Region
The Municipality of Padua
Padua University (History of Music Department)
Tocna Danza, Venice
Dahlem Ethnographic Museum (Berlin)
Bode Museum, Berlin
Casa Asia, Barcelona
Casa del India, Valladolid
September 2007 – New version of Daniélou’s site: www.alaindanielou.org
– September 22nd, Thoronet, French Riviera at 7.30 p.m.: First Worldwide Concert “Semantic Works” by Jacques Dudon, with the Ensemble de Musique Microtonal du Thoronet – Tribute to Alain Daniélou and to Microtonality in Hindustani music, with Jacques Dudon, (Semantic Daniélou, chandravina, shruti-guitar, vocal), Alain Pantéléimonoff (sitar, vocal), Elisa Rucci (Semantic Daniélou), Eric Barthes (mediaeval dulcimer, udu, jaltarang).
Special guest : Thierry Hamy, plastics technician (liquid calligraphy live).
– September 17th – October 9th: the exhibition “Lumières de l’Inde” will be on show at Hainaut as part of the nationwide event “La Fureur de lire” throughout Belgium. This exhibition has been organised by Anne Ramaekers and Serge Budahazi.
Bibliothèque Marguerite Yourcenar, Château de Cartier, Marchienne-au-Pont
– September 15, Radio Suisse Romande a two-hour broadcast entitled “La mémoire et les dieux” from 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 pm on Espace 2. The programme can also be listened to during the following month on Internet.
– September 30 from 4p.m. to 5 p.m. on Espace 2, Daniélou and India
A tribute to Alain Daniélou and to his approach to Indian music.
Produced by Alain Perrottet on the occasion of the centenary of Alain Daniélou’s birth, excerpts from archive recordings in which Alain Daniélou talks about the art of the rāga and his personal approach to Indian music, illustrated by musical excerpts from Indian concerts recorded by Espace 2.
The programme can also be heard on the Internet link: mondes.rsr.ch
– September: New Spanish edition of Alain Daniélou’s translation of the Tamil fictions: Shilappadikaram and Manimekhalai by the publishing house José J. de Olaneta (Barcelona)
– On line on the Internet: Long interview by Jacques Cloarec “Alain Daniélou, l’itinéraire inclassable d’un Hindou” on the site www.baglis.tv
– In “Revue Sud n° 9”, European periodical on culture, art and literature (Editions Lavieri, Naples), article page 13, by Daniélou (translation by Marina Mazzacurati) with the title “l’Improvisazione”.
– Publication of The Book of Love: In Search of the Kamasutra. By James McConnachie, Atlantic Books, London, August 2007, ISBN: 978 1 84354 373 2
First work on the history of the Kamasutra, its translation and reception in the West. It deals with the history of erotic imagery in Indian art and sculpture and with the work of Alain Daniélou (in some detail) and of Raymond Burnier in its sixth chapter.
October 2007 – October 1st Venice: press conference for the presentation of the various events forthcoming during the last quarter of 2007. Participants will include Mr. Massimo Cacciari (Mayor of Venice), Sig.ra L. Zanella (Venice Cultural Policy Department), Prof. G. Giurati (Director od the Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies – Cini Foundation), Mr. Jacques Cloarec (Director of the Alain Daniélou Centre), Prof. Anita Dolfus (Director of the Alliance française), Mr. Claudio Ambrosini (Chairman of the music association Ex Novo).
– CasadeiLibri publication of Daniélou’s and Burnier’s photos of the temples of Khajuraho, Konarak and Bhuvaneshvar, as a supplement to the review Archeo.
– Inauguration of the exhibition “Lumières de l’Inde” on October 2nd in the public rooms of Hôtel de Ville of Neuilly-sur-Seine. The exhibition will be open until October 6th.
Starting from October 8th, it will transfer to the cinema “Le Village” and will be open up to October 14th.
– October 4th, Rome (Teatro Palladium): Shivaganga. Indian Kuchipudi dance performance by Shantala Shivalingappa, accompanied by four musicians.
– Up to October 23rd, the same venue will host an exhibition of photos and drawings made by Alain Daniélou during his world tour in 1936.
– Shantala Shivalingappa, famous performer in the Kuchipudi style, also known in Europe for her work with Peter Brook, Maurice Bejart, Bartabas and Pina Bausch, will be accompanied by four Indian musicians (flute, vocal, sitar, mridangam) and will perform the margam (dance programme) SHIVA GANGA as tribute to Danielou.
– On October 4th at New Delhi: Indian International Centre, Conference IIIC, at 5.00 – 6.30 pm, Room 2, as part of the Day dedicated to Alain Daniélou, Round Table with Lance Dane, Dagmar Bernstorff, Lakshmi Subrahmaniam et de Samuel Berthet
– Alain Daniélou Sutra – a Non-Conformist’s Quest in India, the India Committee for the Alain Daniélou
Centenary, with the support of the IIC, the French Embassy, the Alliance Française, The Attic,
At 7.30 p.m. at the Alliance Francaise, 71 Lodhi:
Presentation of the project
Alain Daniélou Sutra and projection of photos and painting by Alain Daniélou (30′)Projection of the documentary Shiva Sharan (26′) by Anne-Marie MasquinDiscussion on Alain Daniélou with Dagmar Bernstorff, Anne Tual and Samuel Berthet (30′)
Alain Daniélou is perhaps the Indologist best known and most controversial of his time. Indeed, his approach to India is radically anticonformist. An artist, traveller, musicologist, it was almost by chance that he discovered India, a discovery that would last close to thirty years. A marginal figure in a family of eminent characters (a secretary of State, the founder of a religious order and a cardinal), he brought new focus on Indian culture, as well as, more generally, on other non-European cultures and pre-modern European culture itself. He was however also a man of his time, interested in the latest technological discoveries, and despite his intimate knowledge of Indian traditions, he refused to become a guru, preferring to defend freedom of thought and the struggle against all forms of colonialism.
– October 10th, Venice (Teatro Comunale Goldoni) performance of Indian kuchipudi dance by Shantala Shivalingappa, accompanied by four musicians, presented by the Margam Shivaganga.
– October 13th, Zagarolo (Rome) Italy, Gardens of Palazzo Rospigliosi: Concert of song-poems by Rabindranath Tagore adapted by A. Daniélou: F. Cassio (soprano), U. Bonessi (piano), Ileana Citaristi and Saswat Joshi (dances and choreographies). Recitation of the poems in Italian by Claudio Di Palma. Directed by Nadia Baldi.
– October 14th, Rome (Teatro Palladium): Concert of song-poems by Rabindranath Tagore adapted by A. Daniélou: F. Cassio (soprano), U. Bonessi (piano), Ileana Citaristi and Saswat Joshi (dances and choreographies). Recitation of the poems in Italian by Claudio Di Palma. Directed by Nadia Baldi..
– October 17th, Valladolid (Spain), as part of the India-Spain Forum, at 5 p.m., presentation of the Spanish edition of “The Way to the Labyrinth” at Casa de la India, accompanied by an exhibition of Alain Daniélou’s photographs (1935-1955) “Music and Dances of Traditional India” from October 17th – November 16th
– October 21st, Venice, Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, “Semantic Works” by Jacques Dudon, with the Ensemble de Musique Microtonal du Thoronet – Tribute to Alain Daniélou and to Microtonality in Hindustani music, with Jacques Dudon, (Semantic Daniélou, chandravina, shruti-guitar, vocal), Alain Pantéléimonoff (sitar, vocal), Elisa Rucci (Semantic Daniélou),
– October 23rd, Rome, Teatro Palladium: Semantic Works” by Jacques Dudon, with the Ensemble de Musique Microtonal du Thoronet – Tribute to Alain Daniélou and to Microtonality in Hindustani music, with Jacques Dudon, (Semantic Daniélou, chandravina, shruti-guitar, vocal), Alain Pantéléimonoff (sitar, vocal), Elisa Rucci (Semantic Daniélou).
– Recording of these two concerts by the Jacques Dudon ensemble, broadcast by the third channel of Rai, RAI 3
– October 25th, Venice: Seminar at the Cini Foundation, followed by a Concert of Indian Music “Darbari Sangeet” interpreted by Francesca Cassio (vocal), F. Lazzarin (tabla), E. Powell (sitar), F. Sanesi (tabla)
– Publication of the Italian edition of the Tour du Monde en 1936 by the publishing house Casadeilibri, Padua. This edition embellished with 103 of the drawings made by Alain Daniélou during his trip and hitherto unpublished photographs dating from the same period
– Artile in the Italian edition of Marie-Claire Maison on the Daniélou Centre at Zagarolo-Rome
November 2007 – November 1st, Bergamo, at the “Ridotto del Teatro comunale”, Concert of song-poems by Rabindranath Tagore adapted by A. Daniélou: F. Cassio (soprano), U. Bonessi (piano), Ileana Citaristi and Saswat Joshi (dances and choreographies).
– Amelia Cuni uses fragments and short quotations of Alain Danielou’s writings on Indian music in various languages on the CD recording titled ‘John Cage’s Solo for Voice 58-18 microtonal ragas’ by Amelia Cuni and ensemble (OM 1010-2), to be released in San Francisco in 2007.
November 2nd, 2007, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, California
John Cage: 18 Microtonal Ragas “Solo for Voice 58” from Song Books (1970) Amelia Cuni, dhrupad vocals.
November 8th, 2007
RED CAT Theater, Los Angeles
– November 3rd, 8.30 p.m. in Paris, Boulevard Raspail, at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, “Semantic Works” by Jacques Dudon, with the Ensemble de Musique Microtonal du Thoronet – Tribute to Alain Daniélou and to Microtonality in Hindustani music, with Jacques Dudon, (Semantic Daniélou, chandravina, shruti-guitar, vocal), Alain Pantéléimonoff (sitar, vocal), Elisa Rucci (Semantic Daniélou), Eric Barthes (mediaeval dulcimer, udu, jaltarang).
Special guest : Thierry Hamy, plastics technician (liquid calligraphy live).
Exhibition of photos and drawings of the Tour du Monde, also at the Maison des Cultures du Monde.
– November 15th, Barcelona (Spain): Presentation of the Spanish edition of “The Way to the Labyrinth” at Casa Asia.
– Publication of Le Tour du monde en 1936, complete with drawings made by Alain Daniélou during the trip. Publishers: du Rocher, Paris.
– During November: exhibitions and concerts at the University of Vicenza, at Longiano, Turin and at the Dahlem Museum in Berlin.
December 2007 – December 18th: German Radio WDR: Programme by Peter Pannke: “Alain Daniélou – In the Labyrinth of Sounds”
Beginning 2008 – Republication of the French translation of the Tamil fiction Manimékhalaï by the publishing house Kailash (Pondichéry/Paris)
– Republication by the publishing house du Rocher of Alain Daniélou’s autobiography “Le chemin du Labyrinthe”
– Translation in Hindi by the publishing house Yatra Books of Delhi of Alain Daniélou’s autobiography “The Way to the Labyrinth”
– Translation in Spanish of “The Myths and Gods of India” by the publishing house Atalanta.