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Asia House is delighted to present an evening with Amit Chaudhuri, novelist, poet, essayist and musician and is proud to showcase his work as a visual artist, being exhibited for the first time.
Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962 and grew up in Bombay. He has written seven novels, the latest of which, Friend of My Youth, has been called an ‘utterly absorbing’ (TLS) work of ‘exquisite delicacy’ (Esquire) by an ‘exceptionally subtle writer’ (Spectator), and a ‘mini masterpiece’ (FT culture podcast). He has won several awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the Government of India’s Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Infosys Prize for outstanding contribution in the Humanities in Literary Studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia.
In addition to being a writer who is ‘greatly admired, especially by his peers’ (TLS), Amit is an acclaimed musician in the classical North Indian tradition and an internationally admired composer. This is his first public foray into art, an experiment he has written about before. At this event, his artwork ‘The Sweetshop Owners of Calcutta’ will be displayed and Amit will speak with Georgina Godwin (journalist and presenter, Monocle Radio) on the nature of inspiration in contemporary art, on music, and on writing.
The discussion and Q & A will be preceded by a 40-minute set of acoustic music in which Amit and guitarist Adam Moore will reprise numbers from Amit’s repertoire together with a selection of new material in his ground-breaking ‘not fusion’ experiment. There will be an opportunity to meet Amit and buy a signed copy of his recent highly acclaimed novel, Friend of My Youth.
General Admission: £10, Concessions: £8, Asia House Arts Members: £5