Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as librettist for Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, which received its posthumous premiere in a semi-staged co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve, Leicester.
Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bombay. He studied English at University College London and holds a PhD from Oxford University. His works include the novels A Strange and Sublime Address, Afternoon Raag, Freedom Song, A New World, The Immortals and Odysseus Abroad, the non-fiction book Calcutta: Two Years in the City, the monograph D.H. Lawrence and ‘Difference’, the essay collections Clearing a Space and Telling Tales and the poetry collection St Cyril Road. He is the editor of the Picador/Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature. He is a trained singer in the North Indian classical tradition and has performed around the world at venues including the London Jazz Festival, his recordings including This Is Not Fusion and Found Music.
Chaudhuri’s awards include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Betty Trask Award, the Encore Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Indian Government’s Sahitya Akademi Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the English Association, and has judged the Man Booker International Prize. He is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia.
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