Amit Chaudhuri in Dubai

Some people just have too much talent and, frankly, we don’t think it’s fair

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Some people just have too much talent and, frankly, we don’t think it’s fair. The latest skill-hogger we’ve uncovered is Amit Chaudhuri, who, not content with being a professor of English literature, has also written a number of hugely well-received books and served on the judging panel for the 2009 edition of the Booker Prize.

But that’s not all: he’s also an internationally recognised composer of Indo-Western experimental music. His latest album, This is Not Fusion, combines elements of Western jazz, blues-rock and pop genres with classical Indian music to great effect. And it’s in his capacity as a musician that he’ll be entertaining visitors to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature on March 12.

Alongside four local musicians on keys, guitar, bass and tabla, Chaudhuri will perform tracks from This is Not Fusion in EAFL’s first-ever musical gig. He’ll also give a talk the following day on his twin loves of music and literature. A talented man indeed.

Amit Chaudhuri plays Al Ras 2 meeting room at the InterContinental, Festival City on March 12, Dhs65.

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