Amit Chaudhuri with Paul Muldoon

A program that we believe will be globe-spanning in terms of who is where - with acclaimed writer/musician Amit Chaudhuri in Kolkata and his partner in conversation, esteemed poet/lyricist/critic Paul Muldoon, and we here in Seattle - is on tap here, occasioned by the U.S. publication of Amit Chaudhuri’s new book, Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music (New York Review of Books). Adept in both Indian classical music and popular western music, as singer and instrumentalist, Amit Chadhuri has long played a distinct role in bridging the two.

“A syncretic work that draws on a great variety of Western and Indian sources and genres, combines memoir and musicology, and reads like an essay . . . [Chaudhuri’s] chronicle, like a raga, is a wonderful exposition of becoming.” —Michael Autrey, Booklist.

“Supple, intricate and uncompromising, full of delicate observation and insight, Amit Chaudhuri’s Finding the Raga immerses us in the rigorous beauty and cosmology of Indian classical music. It is also a loving memoir about relationships and places, dedication and vocation.” —Geoff Dyer.

Amit Chauduri is a professor of Contemporary Literature at Britain’s University of East Anglia, and the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, Calcutta, for which he visited Seattle, and works of literary criticism.

Joining Amit Chaudhuri for this program is Irish poet, opera librettist, critic, and translator Paul Muldoon. Presently a professor at Princeton University, he is the  much-honored author of fourteen books of poetry, including Frolic and Detour and the forthcoming (August) Howdie-Skelp (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). He also has a performance hand in the music world, occasionally appearing with the spoken word music group, Rogue Oliphant. This should be a delight.


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ISBN: 9781681374789
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Published: New York Review Books - March 30th, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 6:00pm
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