15 June, 2021

Amit Chaudhuri

The novelist's debut music album playfully marries Western pop to Indian raga

Amit Chaudhuri
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So this is not fusion?

Not in the usual sense. You won’t hear fusion that uses Eric Clapton’s Layla as an entry to a classical raga or vice versa.

As a writer, how do you describe your music? It’s like Marcel Duchamp taking a urinal, turning it upside down and naming it a fountain—it takes things that are already there and puts them in a new context.

So you made a song out of OK Tata and buri nazar wale seen behind a truck?

It had been rattling in my head till one day I decided to write it down. The music came later.

You made a song out of a cheesy poster, too!

Yes, Moral Education is based on charts sold on pavements and sometimes hung in classrooms in municipal schools. Its grammar is perfect for a song, not poem.

Aren’t you worried you won’t be taken seriously by classical Hindustani musicians?

That’s the least of my worries. There comes a time in every musician’s life when a creative avenue opens and it’s stupid not take the path.

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