Amit Chaudhuri


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Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962, and grew up in Bombay. He read English at University College, London and completed his doctorate on critical theory and the poetry of D.H. Lawrence (published in 2003) at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Dervorguilla Scholar. He is now Professor in Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was one of the judges of the Man Booker International Prize 2009. He is also the first Indian writer to have had a Guardian editorial written about him, “In Praise of… Amit Chaudhuri”. He is writing a non-fiction book about Calcutta.

His criticism and fiction have appeared regularly in most of the major journals in the world, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Observer, the Spectator, Granta, the New Republic, and the New Yorker. He was one of the London Observer’s Twenty One writers for the Millennium, and one of India Today’s ‘Faces of the Millennium’.

He has written five novels. His most recent novel is The Immortals (2009). It was a New Yorker Book of the Year, and Critics’ Choice, Best Books of 2009, in the Boston Globe and the Irish Times.  His book of short stories, Real Time, was published in 2002. A book of poetry, St Cyril Road and Other Poems, was published by Penguin India in 2005. His essays are collected in Clearing A Space: Reflections on India, Culture, and Modernity.

Amit Chaudhuri is also a trained and critically acclaimed singer in the North Indian classical tradition. HMV has released two cassettes of his singing, and recently brought out a CD selection of his khayals.

In 2004, he began to conceptualise a project in experimental music, ‘This is Not Fusion,’ which received great critical acclaim and an overwhelming response from the audience upon its inaugural performance in Calcutta on January 15, 2005. Since then, it has travelled to the ‘Building Bridges: 60 Years of the UN’ concerts in Delhi, to the Indian Embassy and the Museum of Indian Art, Berlin, the theatreschauspiele, Frankfurt, the Lille 3000 Festival in France, the School of Music, University of East Anglia, Norwich, the British Museum, London and the Palais de Bozar in Brussels, and made several appearances at the legendary London jazz club, the Vortex. The Amit Chaudhuri Band has performed twice at the London Jazz Festival, and at the Brecon Jazz Festival and the Hay on Wye Festival.

The CD of This is Not Fusion was released by Times Music in February 2007. It will be released in February this year in the UK by Babel Label.

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