An adventurous musical journey starting from Brittany, passing through India (Shantiniketan, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Konarak, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Pondicherry), Paris, Berlin, Venice and Rome, following the story of the French-born Alain Daniélou, indologist and musicologist who mainly lived in India between the 30’s and the 60’s.

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”.

Next screenings


15 June 7.30pm
Cinema Jolly • Bologna

19 June 3.30pm
Cinema Lumiere • Bologna



22 June 6pm
Teatro Alighieri • Ravenna


29 June 9pm
Cinema Farnese • Roma



30 June 9.30pm
Porta Portello • Padova



8 July 10.30pm
Chiesa dello Spasimo • Palermo

Two versions available

58′ English v.o. / English, Italian, French, German with Eng subtitles

78′ Italian v.o. / English, Italian, French, German with Eng subtitles


FIND – Indoeuropean Foundation for New Dialogues, was founded in 1969 by Alain Daniélou under the name of Harsharan. Nowadays, FIND, besides conserving and promoting the founder’s work (manuscripts, books, paintings, letters and a large collection of photographs) in accordance to its original mission, it intends to bridge the growing divide between Indian and European cultures, due to the increased modernization and economic development. FIND, thus aims to create a two-way flow of experience through cultural exchange programmes, grants, workshops, seminars and live performances. FIND has permanent offices in: Zagarolo (near Rome), the Foundation Head Office and formerly Daniélou’s house; Paris and Lausanne, for the international activities. FIND can also rely on associated institutions in Italy, India, Bangladesh as well as in UK, Germany and Spain. To name a few: the International Music Council, Lausanne Photography Museum, Barcelona Casa Asia, Venice Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music, Lausanne Rudra-Béjart School, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), IIC (Indian International Center of New Dehli), RTC (Rabindranath Tagore Centre of Kolkata). FIND is the executive producer of this documentary film. FIND owns much of the archival photographs and original musics’ rights. As to the rights of all the original music recorded by Daniélou not directly owned be the FIND Foundation, we will benefit of their ‘availability’ for promotional and fund raising purposes, with a view to clearing  them when appropriate.


Kama is a newborn production company that intends to stimulate discussion and exchange between the Western and Eastern culture, especially through insights on the music and the performing arts. Kama has coproduced and distributes the documentary film about the indologist Alain Daniélou The Way Into the Labyrinth and has produced the documentary film Aquagranda in crescendo, recalling the extraordinary Venice flood in 1966. Kama Productions also produces concerts and performing art events (among the others, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia at Auditorium in Rome and Tagore’s Songs at Fondazione Cini in Venice).

the director

Born in 1973, grew up in Venice, Riccardo Biadene graduated cum laude in Philosophy in Bologna. He created as writer and director the documentaries “Like a man on Earth” (Italy 2008, Finalist David Donatello, codirector Andrea Segre), “Marino Mazzacurati” (Italy, 2010), and “Azezana, Kabul” (Afghanistan, 2011). He also worked as unit and production manager on the Italian feature films “Not to forget” by M. Avati, “Secret Journey” by R. Andò, “Salted Air” by A. Angelini. As Artistic Director he served FIND – India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues (2013/17), the Harsharan Foundation (2006/2012), “Cinema of Reality” (Officine, 2009, Rome), “Portello River Festival” (Padua 2010-’11), CINEMA.DOC Distribution Film Festival (Venice, Rome, Turin, Florence, Salina, 2010). Since 2009 he has been part of the Jury for David Donatello Award and Italian Doc Screenings.



A film by

Riccardo Biadene


Matteo Cocco
Michele Nassuato
Simone Pierini

Camera operators

Matteo Cocco
Michele Nassuato
Simone Pierini
Riccardo Biadene
Vittoria Fiumi
Frank Stanley

Sound manager

Mattia Biadene

Sound interviews

Mattia Biadene
Stefano Campus
Jason Gillet
Gianluca Scarlata


Lorenzo Pazzi
Desideria Rayner
with Mascia Calamandrei

Script editor

Riccardo Biadene

Story editor

Raffaele Passerini

Executive producer

KAMA Productions

Production assistants

Guillaume Pires
Sophie Staeglich

Post-production Assistants

Emanuele Basso
Francesco D’Angelo
Petra Lanza
Raffaele Passerini
Chimera Poppi
Marjan Shalchian

Sound mix

Marco Saitta

Colour grading

Vincenzo Marinese


TTPixel Studio

Italian voice over

Pietro Faiella

English voice over

Sean Patrick Lovett

English subtitles

Kenneth Hurry

Italian subtitles

Mattia Bilardello

Graphic & motion design

Alessandro Esposito

Design, web and communication /
Valentina Barsotti

Indian Dance Consultant

Marianna Biadene


Mario D’Angelo

International distribution

Poorhouse International /
Reiner Moritz
Heike Connolly

Legal Consultant

Marcello Mustilli BLM
Emmanuel Pierrat

Sophie Bassouls
Bettina Baumer
Nicola Biondi

Abani Biswas

Carla Bonò
C.V. Chandrasekhar
Debu Chaudury
Subroto Roy Chowdury
Jacques Cloarec
Jean Paul Cluzel
Werner Durand
Giovanni Giuriati
Lars Koch
Yamini Krishnamurti


André Kudelski
Raghunath Manet

Maria Grazia Marchianò
Gabriel Matzneff
Amarnath Mishra
Neeraj Mishra

Ravi Shankar Mishra
Dominique Nabokov
Savitry Nair
Jean Pierre Pastori
Marie-Claude Pietragalla

Ritwik Sanyal
Malavika Sarukkai
Mallika Sarabhai Dance Company
Shantala Shivalingappa
Reba Som
Padma Subramanyam
Shubdal Tinkari
Emanuele Trevi
Ivan Vandor
Kapila Vatsyayan
Roman Vlad
Eric Vu An
Albrecht Wiedmann

Taru Kanti Basu

Samuel Berthet

Ugo Bonessi

Radha Burnier

Silvano Bussotti

Francesca Cassio

Claude Cellier

Jean Clausel

Amelia Cuni


Kenneth Hurry

Swaminathan Kalidas

Krishan Kannah

Anand Krishna

Stefan Kudelski

André Larquié

Giorgio Milanetti

Bernard  Mueller

Peter Pannke

Roberto Perinu

Guillaume Pires

Anne Prunet

Harihara  Raghavan

Bodhirupa Sinha

Alberto Sorbelli

Raffaele Torella

Anne  Tual

italian distribution

Kama Productions

+39 333 990 6471

+39 348 373 8375

International distribution

Poorhouse International

Reiner Moritz, Heike Connolly

+44 (0) 20 74368663

Kama Productions Distribution Assistant
Angela Gorini