Finding the Raga

Amit Chaudhuri

A revelatory and very personal exploration of Indian classical music from ‘one of his generation’s best writers’ (Guardian).

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‘A splendid book.’ Literary Review
‘A modern masterpiece.’ New York Journal of Books

Finding the Raga
is Amit Chaudhuri’s revelatory exploration of North Indian classical music: an ancient, evolving tradition whose principles and practises will alter the reader’s notion of what music might – and can – be.

Through essay, memoir and cultural study, Chaudhuri dwells on the music’s most distinctive and mysterious characteristics, resulting in a gift of a book for musicians and music lovers, and for any creative mind in search of diverse and transforming inspiration.

‘Supple, intricate and uncompromising, full of delicate observation and insight.’ –Geoff Dyer
‘[A] compelling meditation on Indian and Western art-making.’ The New Yorker

Critic Reviews

Delightful and insightful.

Oliver Craske, Guardian
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Finding the Raga, delightfully instructive throughout, will make you want to listen to Indian classical music anew and with ears beatifically attuned.

Ian Thomson, Spectator
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Supple, intricate and uncompromising, full of delicate observation and insight, Finding the Raga immerses us in the rigorous beauty and cosmology of Indian classical music.

Geoff Dyer
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Many subtly subversive ideas, all the more striking for being woven unobtrusively into something so apparently gentle and personal ... fascinating and beautifully written.

Ivan Hewett, Prospect
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A splendid book.

Keshav Guha, Literary Review
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Compelling … thought-provoking.

Simon Broughton, Songlines

Amit Chaudhuri is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Friend of My Youth. His most recent book, Finding the Raga, is a work of non-fiction in which he explores his relationship to, and understanding of, North Indian classical music. He is also an essayist, poet, short story writer, singer and composer. James Wood, writing about Chaudhuri…

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