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A vidwan (or vidvan) is a person who has vidyā (knowledge) of a particular science or art. This term is usually used for indian classical musicians to denote their scholarship and experience in performing classical music concerts. While Vidwan is the masculine form, Vidushi is used for women. Both may be shortened to Vid..

Vidwan may also be referred to as a doctorate in layman's terms.[1]

In Hindu philosophy, the word, vidvān, alludes to an expert in discrimination, to the one who is an expert in the Vedanta.[2]


  1. ^ Definition of Vidwan
  2. ^ Sri Samkara’s Vivekacudamani. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. p. 189.