One of Holland’s greatest experts on Indian classical music passes away – Felix van Lamsweerde (1934-2021).

I’m saddened by the news of the demise of Felix van Lamsweerde, one of Holland’s greatest experts on Indian classical music. I’ve known Felix for more than thirty years, we often met and spoke each other at ethnomusicological events and at concerts of Indian classical music. He passed away on Saturday 31st of July 2021.

During his career as curator ethnomusicology at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam Felix made a huge number of recordings of mostly Indian classical music performances on audio tape, video and film, all of which – along with his writings, photos and other parts of his collection – has moved to the Musicology Department of the University of Göttingen in 2017. Felix van Lamsweerde is also known for his great contributions to promote and popularize Indian classical music in The Netherlands and abroad.

His passing is a huge loss – he will be dearly missed.
RIP, dear Felix.

Felix van Lamsweerde at home in his archive. It’s a still from some video-material that I shot in 2017, when I visited Felix and helped him with some preparations to move his collection to the University of Göttingen.