Profile of Amit Chaudhuri
The renaissance Bengali, a being always about to vanish from history into silence, has now probably ceased to exist.
The Constitution, not the Hindu Right, grants the Muslim his place in the country. It's his Indianness he can use as a weapon of assertion.
To make a pronouncement on who might be the pre-eminent literary figure of post-independence India is both foolish and difficult...
Give us the Rushdie who is louche, open to enthusiasm, strange yet intimate, who could be himself rather than one burdened to produce a major work
Kolatkar's last offerings relish carrying mortality's burden
Bloodaxe’s edition of the Collected Poems of Arun Kolatkar, edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, reveals how provocative and inventive its bohemianism once was.
The widely accepted India-as-an-experience model has, alarmingly, sacrificed the specific and heightened conceit
The writer-musician-singer offers us an exclusive poem on an anti-offering
His working day—his surroundings, his routine, the conditions that allow him to write
At the Park Street-Middleton Row corner, speckled with iconic establishments, infected with old joie de vivre, one can sense a ‘modern’ past feeling for the future. In Calcutta.
He had given Hitchens his vote, and his views remain unchanged
The unsettling, the divine and the destitute.
This photgraph is of all that CPI leader A.B. Bardhan left behind when he died recently. Writer Amit Chaudhuri responds to it, ruminating on life, death and possessions.
A few had stopped to look; others/ walked on, some / quickening their pace, many / unmindful of what had caught the attention of the few...
I did my best to escape music as a child, running very fast whenever my mother tried to teach me the Tagore songs she sang so beautifully, but my genes ensured music would eventually return to me, or I to it...
Amit Chaudhuri and Peter D McDonald explain why they took the initiative in nominating Arvind Krishna Mehrotra for the position of Oxford's Professorship of Poetry, the most high-profile in British poetry after the laureateship
Although Arvind Krishna Mehrotra did not win Oxford Professor of Poetry elections, the large mandate he received 'shows that a real departure from well-worn insularity and familiarity has been achieved'.
The pre-eminent and best loved Bengali poet after Tagore was an elusive, deeply private writer, reluctant to make himself better known, reluctant, in some crucial instances, to publish his own work...
There's an intriguing juxtaposition between the violence of the art-work and the violence of nationalism. Which perhaps explains why the educated middle class is essentially in agreement with the VHP that art shouldn't "cause offence".
The idea of an unbroken Indian tradition is probably an Orientalist invention. The 'Orient' itself comes into being in the early period of colonialism, and one of the earliest writers to perceive its great cultural, emotional, philosophical, and pol
There is another lineage and avenue in Indian writing in English than the one Midnight's Children opened up, along with an obsession with the monumental, and its source lies in Jejuri.
The problem of Indian modernity and humanism needs to be examined afresh -- if Indian modernity is a way of viewing the world, we haven't scrutinised, enough, the gaze in the mirror.
Chakrabarty's book is not only an unusually sustained and nuanced argument against European ideas of modernity, but also an elegy for, and subtle critique of, his own intellectual formation and inheritance as a Bengali.