scholar, Teacher, and Writer in Vienna, Austria
I'm a scholar of the ancient and living traditions of India. My main methodological approach is interdisciplinary. I am an advocate for a combined approach of cultural anthropology, religious studies, and historical philology. In 2013, I obtained a doctorate in classical Indology from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and I am now a faculty member at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. I continue to be an associate member of the ANR Research project on shared sacred spaces in South Asia based in Paris, France.
My first book entitled "Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra" (2017) is available in open access from De Gruyter as well as on Academia.edu. I have also published several articles on the contemporary Vedic traditions. Currently, my main research interests revolve around popular and everyday Hinduism expressed at wayside shrines in Indian cities. An open access special volume was published recently in the journal SAMAJ (https://journals.openedition.org/samaj/4523)
Besides my area of expertise as a scholar of Indian culture and religion, I am also a teacher at Living Sanskrit (www.livingsanskrit.com) a wonderful project that offers training in ancient wisdom and sacred practices of India.
I am also passionate about photography, visual arts, traveling and vegan/vegetarian cooking.
I am happily married to Anurādhā Claudia de Alba and a father to two wonderful children named Kabīr and Kāśī Devī.