Novelist Rajat Chaudhuri, who was a resident writer at Sangam House in 2010, has been selected as the Writer-in-Residence at the ARKO-InKo Writing Residency at the Toji Cultural Foundation in Korea from 2-30 September 2013.
Rajat Chaudhuri was resident at Sangam House in the winter of 2010. He is the author of two books, the novel Amber Dusk and Hotel Calcutta which is a story cycle that was published in 2013.
Hotel Calcutta received favourable reviews in various newspapers, journals and in online Media.
More than seven of the eleven stories that make up Hotel Calcutta have already appeared in magazines and e-zines in India, the UK, the US and the Philippines and one of these won a small award (Wordweavers Fiction prize, 2010).
Rajat was one among authors from 24 Indian languages invited by the Sahitya Akademi (the National Academy of Letters) to read from Hotel Calcutta on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Rajat lives in Kolkata and apart from writing, takes wonderful photographs and enjoys cooking.
About the Toji Cultural Foundation
The Toji Cultural Foundation was established to support work created by Korean writers, scholars and artists. It started with the firm belief that writers, scholars and artists should be liberated from their busy daily lives to dedicate their time entirely to creating their works. The numerous creative works generated by domestic cultural artists and scholars in in Korea has made the Toji Cultural Centre a major place for creative activities in Korea. Based on the success of its domestic programme, The Toji Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the city of Wonju launched a new initiative in 2005, the Programme for Supporting Creative Works and Cultural Exchanges by Foreign Writers, Artists and Scholars.
The Toji Cultural Foundation annually invites writers, artists and scholars from around the world to work at the Toji Cultural Centre, and promote cultural exchanges and interaction between people of all cultural backgrounds. Through such exchanges, the Foundation hopes to help foreign writers, artists and scholars to deepen their understanding of Korean culture and to assist Korean writers, artists and scholars to widen their global perspective and experience. The Foundation hopes that such an opportunity for cultural exchange will ensure the establishment of a network of meaningful personal relationships and initiate sustainable cultural exchanges that will introduce Korea in general and Wonju city in particular, to the rest of the world.
Arts Council (ARKO)
Arts Council Korea was established to promote creativity and enjoyment of the art by supporting diverse arts and cultural activities in Korea. The Council consists of eleven dedicated professionals of the cultural and art sector in Korea. The Art Council also places emphasis on the establishment of arts infrastructure. It facilitates the rise of practice-oriented policy implementation in line with the increasingly sophisticated cultural environment of Korea.
We are delighted to continue our valued association with Sangam House and Arts Council Korea (ARKO) to provide
opportunities to Indian and Korean writers to participate in Literature Residencies in India and Korea on an annual basis.