- » Adrián Navigante, Director Alain Daniélou Foundation Research and Intellectual Dialogue
FROM “INDIAN-EUROPEAN” TO “TRANSCULTURAL”: RECONSIDERING ALAIN DANIÉLOU’S INTELLECTUAL LEGACY
In view of the Foundation’s recent change of name from India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues to Alain Daniélou Foundation: Center for Transcultural Studies, Adrián Navigante reflects on the contextual significance of this broader field and shows that the name-change is not merely formal. On the contrary, it relates intrinsically to Alain Daniélou’s work and presents an enormous task. The essay analyzes, among other things, the intellectual and practical scope of the idea of “transculturality”, as well as its relevance for an interpretation of Alain Daniélou in the XXI century devoid of certain prejudices that have characterized his reception till now.
- » Alfred Dunshirn, Privatdozent at the Department of Classical Philology University of Vienna, Austria
REFLECTIONS ON DIONYSIAN AND ORPHIC TRADITIONS IN SOURCES POSTERIOR TO ALAIN DANIÉLOU’S SHIVA AND DIONYSOS
In this article, Alfred Dunshirn deals with the Derveni papyrus, one of the most recent archaeological findings concerning religious sources of the Mediterranean region. The papyrus contains the interpretation of a theogony and gold tablets addressing persons on their way to the afterlife. Such sources, partly related to Near Eastern creation myths, confirm some observations that Alain Daniélou puts forward in Shiva and Dionysus as well as the importance of the Dionysian element in religious practices.
- » Celso Cintra, Composer, musicologist and professor University of Uberlândia, Brazil
ALAIN DANIÉLOU’S MUSICAL DIALOGUE
In this essay, Celso Cintra, author of the book Alain Daniélou’s Musical Dialogue [Alain Daniélou e seu laberinto musical, 2020] presents four dialogues that can be extracted from Alain Daniélou’s musicological work: between the collective and the individual, between the West and the East, between civilizations beyond the India-Europe axis, and between knowledge disciplines. He also delves into the problem of the correspondence between sound combination and feelings, the metaphysical basis for the understanding of sound and psychological phenomena, and Daniélou’s critique of Western music, its distortion of sound and its theoretical simplification.
- » Alain Daniélou
INDIAN AND WESTERN MUSIC (PART II)
This is the second part of Alain Daniélou’s article on Indian and Western music published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1949. Daniélou deals with the language and the systems of music, Greek and Indian music history, as well as some important questions of musical technique. Considered from Daniélou’s standpoint, the distinction between “India” and “the West” in matters of musical theory is mainly expressed in the conceptual opposition between “modal” and “harmonic” music. The text has been edited from Daniélou’s notes in the Zagarolo archives and contains some minor modifications.