Born: October 4, 1907, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: January 27, 1994, Lonay
Film music credits: India: Matri Bhumi
Parents: Charles Daniélou, Madeleine Clamorgan
Siblings: Jean Daniélou
Alain Daniélou was a French historian, intellectual, musicologist, Indologist, and a noted Western convert to and expert on Shaivite Hinduism. He and his partner, Swiss photographer Raymond Burnier, whom he met in the early '30s, first went to India as part of an adventure trip, and they were fascinated with the art and culture of the nation. Daniélou and Burnier were among the first Westerners to visit India's famed erotic temples in the village of Khajuraho and Burnier's stunning photographs of the ancient temple complex launched the site internationally. Raymond Burnier was married to Radha Burnier, the General Secretary of the Indian Section of the Society between 1960 and 1978. In Europe once more after nearly 20 years in India, Alain Daniélou found a large 11-hectare property for his friend, at Colle Labirinto, Zagarolo, where Burnier came to live in 1958 after his divorce. Mrs. Burnier went on to become the international chairman of the Theosophical Society. Raymond Burnier died at Zagarolo in 1968 and is buried in the village cemetery. Daniélou inherited part of his estate and extended his own property, which he transferred to the Swiss foundation he had just created, giving it his friend’s Indian name.
Together from (around) 1930 to 1968: 38 years.
Alain Daniélou (October 4, 1907 – January 27, 1994)
Raymond Burnier (1912-1968)
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