Alain Danielou was thefirst to wake up the West to the universality of musical harmony and its potential for planetary consciousness. -- W. A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book and The Musical Life
Our debt to his scholarship and humanity is immeasurable. -- The Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Alain Danielou (1907-1994) was without question a Renaissance man. Following his early years as an artist, dancer, and musician in Paris (Cocteau, Diaghilev, and Stravinsky were among his friends), Danielou settled in India, where he spent fifteen years in the study of Sanskrit, philosophy, and music. After numerous university appointments in India, he returned in 1963 to Europe, establishing the Institute of Comparative Music Studies in Berlin for the reevaluation of Asian music. Danielou wrote more than thirty books about the philosophy, religion, history, and arts of India, including Gods of Love and Ecstasy; Myths and Gods of India; Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation; While the Gods Play; The Phallus; and The Complete Kama Sutra.