Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bombay. He has written numerous novels, short stories, poems and critical essays in English. He attended University College London, Balliol College, Oxford and has also been Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College. He was Leverhulme Fellow at Cambridge University, a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, and Samuel Fischer Guest Professor of Literature at Freie University, Berlin.
His novels have won several major awards and he has received international critical acclaim. His latest book is "The Immortals", a novel about music in the modern world. 2008 saw the publication of "Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture", bringing together his major work as a critic. A collection of poems entitled "St. Cyril Road and Other Poems" appeared in 2005, and in 2001 he edited the influential "The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature". His study of D.H. Lawrence's poetry, "D.H. Lawrence and 'Difference': Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present", was called 'truly groundbreaking' by Terry Eagleton in the London Review of Books. Amit Chaudhuri is also an acclaimed Indian classical musician, and an internationally recognised singer and composer of Indo-Western experimental music, with an album from each of these genres. His project in experimental music, bringing together the raga, jazz, the blues, rock, techno, disco, and the Indian popular song, is called This is not Fusion, and has been performed worldwide.
On March 18, 2008, he was included in the panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2009, alongside writer Jane Smiley and essayist Andrey Kurkov. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.