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Wim van der Meer


Dr. W. van der Meer
+31 71 527 2727

Musicologist and supervisor

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Wim van der Meer studied anthropology and musicology at the Universities of Amsterdam and Delhi. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht in 1977 in the department of Oriental Languages and Cultures, with Jan Gonda as promotor. In India he has received extended and intensive training in Hindustani classical vocal music since 1970 under the illustrious Pandit Dilip Chandra Vedi (1901-1992), one of the most knowledgeable musicians of the twentieth century, and himself a disciple of stalwarts like Uttam Singh (dhrupadiya of Tilwandi gharana), Bhaskar Rao Bakhle, Faiyaz Khan and Alladiya Khan. From 1999 to 2014 Wim van der Meer has been teaching cultural musicology and world music studies at the Department of Musicology of the University of Amsterdam. Since 2014 he has been supervising PhD students at Leiden University.
His publications include Hindustani Music in the Twentieth Century (1980), the Raga Guide (co-author), a work that received international acclaim in more than 70 music journals and newspapers. From 2005 to 2012 he was the chief editor of the Journal of the Indian Musicological Society. In collaboration with Dr. Suvarnalata Rao of the NCPA (Mumbai) he has been working on the Music in Motion project, in which all the major raga-s of North Indian classical music are documented with recordings, analyses and motion graphics. Apart from Indian music he also does research in the field of Brazilian music. His work on computer assisted research in musicology is internationally known.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Academie der Kunsten
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