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Words from a Wider World: Amit Chaudhuri

[CANCELLED] Words from a Wider World: Amit Chaudhuri

Due to unforeseen circumstances Amit Chaudhuri will no longer be able to deliver his talk at Creative Folkestone Book Festival this Sunday 13 at 2pm. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Amit Chaudhuri is a recorded performer in the Indian classical vocal tradition and a composer of experimental works. His new book, Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music, is by turns essay, memoir and cultural study, a singular account of his discovery of, and enduring passion for, North Indian music. Tracing the music’s development, Finding the Raga dwells on its most distinctive and mysterious characteristics: its extraordinary approach to time, language and silence; its embrace of confoundment; and its ethos of evocation over representation. The result is a strange gift of a book, for musicians and music lovers, and for any creative mind in search of diverse and transforming inspiration.

This event is only available as part of the Folkestone Book Festival Digital Pass. By booking a Digital Pass you'll be able to access all talks and events and revisit anything you missed for up to a week after the festival.


Amit Chaudhuri is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Friend of My Youth, as well as three books of essays, two of poems and a collection of short stories. He lives in Kolkata (Calcutta) and a number of his novels have the city as their setting; he has also written the non-fiction, Calcutta: Two Years in the City.

Simply stunning. [...] Calcutta should be mandatory reading not only for those unfamiliar with the place but for those who imagine they know it well [...] Blending reportage, meditation, history and critique, it draws a fascinating portrait.
- The Independent

Chaudhuri’s languorous, elliptical, beautiful prose is impressively impossible to put in any category at all.
- Salman Rushdie

This event is a Folkestone Book Festival screened event at Quarterhouse. Speakers will be streamed live from their homes to our auditorium for a limited audience. All events can also be enjoyed online as part of our Digital Pass.

This year the Festival will be presented online and in-person wherever possible and in line with the latest government guidance. You can find more information about the Festival here.

Creative Folkestone Book Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of our funders and partners. We are proud to welcome the return of NewsNow as our Principal Partner for the Creative Folkestone Book Festival.


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