Philippe Falisse is an MA in Philosophy. In 1967, he left Belgium for India where he studied the Bengali language and literature. He did also a Senior Diploma in Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and, married to a Bengali singer, learned the style of Dhrupad - Hindustani vocal classical music- for more than twenty years.
He worked at the Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi as cultural attaché for thirty years.
In Belgium, he has also been honoured with the titles of "Knight of the Crown Order" and "Officer of the Crown Order".