|This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2008)|
|Born||4 October 1907
|Died||27 January 1994
|Subjects||Culture of India|
His mother, Madeleine Clamorgan, was from an old family of the Norman nobility; a fervent Catholic, she founded a religious order for women teachers in civilian costume under the patronage of St. François-Xavier. His father, Charles Daniélou, was an anticlerical Breton politician who held numerous national ministerial posts. One of his brothers was Roman Catholic prelate and Académie française member, Jean Daniélou.
He and his partner, Swiss photographer Raymond Burnier, 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. The photographs were featured in an exhibition at the New York's Metropolitan Museum. 
In 1949, Daniélou was appointed professor at the Hindu University of Benares and director of the College of Indian Music.
He is the author of over thirty books on Indian music and culture. He received several awards for his work on music. He was also a photographer and painter. He studied Indian classical music in Varanasi with Shivendranath Basu and played the veena. He also translated some of the works of Swami Karpatri by whom he was initiated into Shaivism under the name Shiva Sharan (Protected by Shiva). He worked on classical Indian music.
He was an Officer of the Légion d'Honneur, an Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite, and Commander of Arts and Letters. He was the director of the UNESCO Collection series, a series of recordings of traditional world music. In 1981, he received the UNESCO/CIM prize for music, and, in 1987 the Kathmandu Medal from UNESCO.
- While the Gods play, Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and Destiny of Mankind
- Gods of Love and Ecstasy, The Tradition of Shiva & Dionysus, Omnipresent Gods of Transcendence
- The Hindu Temple; Deification of Eroticism
- Music and the Power of Sound
- A Brief History of India (Inner Traditions, 2003)
- The first unabridged translation of the Kama Sutra
- Virtue, success, pleasure & liberation: the four aims of life in the tradition of ancient India
- Ragas of North Indian Classical Music
- The Way to the Labyrinth: An Autobiography published by New Directions.
- The Myths and Gods of India, Hindu Polytheism
- Yoga, The Method of Re-Integration
- Yoga, Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe
- Fools of God
- Song-poems - Rabindranath Tagore, Texts in English, French and Bengali & Melodies
- The Congress of the World With miniatures of tantric cosmology
- Sacred Music, its Origins, Powers and Future, Traditional Music in Today's World
- The situation of Music and Musicians in the countries of the Orient
- Introduction to The Study of Musical Scales
- Northern Indian Music: Vol. One, Theory, History and Technique
- Northern Indian Music: Vol. Two, The Main Ragas
- The Phallus, Sacred Symbol of Male Creative Power
- India, a civilization of differences: the ancient tradition of universal tolerance
- Shiva And The Primordial Tradition: From the Tantras to the Science of Dreams
- Unesco Collection: A Musical Anthology of the Orient
- Anthology of Indian Classical Music - A Tribute to Alain Daniélou
- Musiciens et Danseurs de la caste des Ahirs (1951)
- Religious Music of India (1952)
- Musical Sources (Philips, Holland)
- Anthology of North Indian Classical Music - (Bärenreiter-Musicaphon, Kassel)
- "Medieval Indian Sculpture". Retrieved 2013-10-31.
- Rama, Swami (1999) Himalayan Institute, Living With the Himalayan Masters, page 247
- The Way to the Labyrinth: An Autobiography by Alain Danielou
- Official web site of Alain Danielou (English) at the Wayback Machine (archived September 15, 2013)
- A Biography
- Article on Daniélou
- Exhibition catalogue of Khajuraho photographs, Metropolitan Museaum of Art