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Study in India

Study in India

All HUF students participate in our Year in India program and are encouraged to participate in our Summer program. Combining individual language study with major specific coursework and professional internships, our overseas curriculum gives HUF students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Hindi and Urdu in a variety of professional and cultural contexts.

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Learning & Teaching
  • hindi-glossaries-alive
    Glossaries Alive

    An innovative series combining drills, conversation, and reading to introduce essential Hindi.

  • Thesaurus
    Spoken Thesaurus

    A series of lively, unscripted Hindi-medium conversations about groups of words of related meaning.

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    Hindi Urdu Voicemail

    Practice your real-world comprehension skills with this library of occasionally hilarious voicemail messages.

  • LanguageforHealth
    Language for Health

    A HUF-produced website targeted specifically at teaching Hindi-Urdu for the healthcare profession.

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    Hindi Worksheets

    Materials for independent study or to supplement the Complete Hindi/Teach Yourself Hindi series.

  • Hamari Boli
    Hamari Boli

    A video collection featuring native-speakers modeling common Hindi-Urdu conversational strategies.

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    Presenting Hindi

    Informative & entertaining Hindi teaching presentations with a focus on authentic language sources.

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    Kavyarth

    A guided tour of unique moments in Hindi poetry. Featuring interactive discussions of Tulsi, Sur, even Dev Anand!

  • CommonReader
    Hindi-Urdu Reader

    A free online version of "Hindi and Urdu Since 1800: A Common Reader".

  • Vrindavan
    Braj in Brief

    A multimedia introduction to Braj Bhasha, an important ancestor of modern Hindi.

  • Braj Reader
    Braj Bhasha Reader

    A free, online edition of the classic, standard reader for students of medieval Hindi.

  • sur
    Sur Sorahi

    Translations of a Hindi poet by HUF director Rupert Snell and HUF student Aruna Kharod

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    Transliterating Devanagari

    A practical guide to transliterating Hindi into roman script with consistency and accuracy.

  • HEBvisit
    K-12 Hindi-Urdu

    HUF spearheads a number of efforts to increase and enhance Hindi Urdu K-12 programs in the US.

  • Podcasts
    Podcasts

    Subscribe to our resources via various podcast feeds.

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    First-Year Hindi Textbooks

    Complete PDF versions of some introductory Hindi textbooks.

Lectures & Performances
  • Mehr Farooqi
    Mehr Farooqi: Urdu’s Origins

    The Hindi Urdu Flagship hosts this fascinating exploration of the development of the Urdu language by the renowned historian of Urdu, Mehr Farooqi.

  • Tipanya
    Tipanya sings Kabir

    As part of its festival celebrating the living tradition of song and performance dedicated to the poet Kabir, UT’s Hindi Urdu Flagship hosted a live musical performance by an acclaimed traditional Kabir folk ensemble led by Prahlad Singh Tipanya.

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    Rupert Snell: Autobiographies

    HUF Director Rupert Snell presents his ongoing research on the autobiographical genre in Hindi. The talk features audio recordings of a number of Hindi Urdu Flagship students, teaching assistants, and faculty reading from a wide variety of Hindi autobiographies.

  • Romance and Revolution
    Ali Mir: Bollywood

    Mir visited the Hindi Urdu Flagship at the University of Texas at Austin to speak to Flagship students about his career in Bollywood production and the changing role of Urdu in Indian cinema.

  • Frances Pritchett
    Frances Pritchett: Ghalib

    Frances Pritchett is Professor of Modern Indic Languages in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. She teaches courses on Indian civilization, Urdu literature and Islam in South Asia.

  • Ayesha Jalal
    Ayesha Jalal: Partition

    Renowned historian Ayesha Jalal discusses her new book, The Pity of Partition: Manto’s Life, Times, and Work across the India-Pakistan Divide. Jalal’s book offers the first in-depth look in English at the influential Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955).

  • Salman-Ahmad
    Ali Asani: Sufi Rock

    Ali Asani outlines Salman Ahmad’s personal musical, religious, and political journey and attempted to place Sufi rock in the broader tradition of Muslim devotional literature.

  • Shamim Hanfi
    Shamim Hanfi: Urdu-Hindi

    Hanfi discusses some interesting moments in the complicated history of Urdu and Hindi.

  • Shamim Hanfi
    Shamim Hanfi: Manto

    Hanfi responds to some preceding faculty and student papers, and gives a few thoughts on Manto himself.

  • Rupert Snell
    Rupert Snell: Social Discourse

    Dr. Snell’s talk discusses socio-linguistic diversity in the context of the close but often vexed relationship between Hindi and Urdu, and shows how even the simplest greetings conversations call for an informed sensitivity to matters of register, honorific level, and religio-cultural background.

  • Kathryn Hansen
    Kathryn Hansen: Cosmopolitanism

    Kathryn Hansen presents a talk on Composite Culture and Cosmopolitanism in Manzoor Ehtesham’s Sukha Bargad, Arvind Adiga’s White Tiger, and Slumdog Millionaire.

  • Kavita Datla
    Kavita Datla: Hyderabad

    Kavita Datla’s provides a nuanced take on the political struggles over India’s multiple linguistic traditions.

  • Mike Shapiro
    Michael Shapiro: Hindi Poetry

    Michael Shapiro presents a talk entitled, Why Meter Matters: Reading 20th Century Hindi Poetry from the Perspective of Metrical Structure.

  • Mujtaba Hussain
    Mujtaba Hussain: Urdu Satire

    Renowned Urdu satirist, Mujtaba Hussain, reads selections from his extensive catalog of Urdu journalism and humour.

  • Naghmi
    Abul Naghmi: Malihabadi

    Famed Pakistan Radio broadcaster Abul Hasan Naghmi speaks to HUF students about the late Urdu poet Josh Malihabadi.

  • Harish Trivedi
    Harish Trivedi: Translation

    Eminent Hindi scholar Harish Trivedi conducts a roundtable discussion on issues of translation focusing on Premchand’s ‘Rangbhumi’ and Tulsi’s Kavitavali.

Interviews
  • Shabana Azmi
    Shabana Azmi

    Shabana Azmi, the well-known Indian actress, social activist, and diplomat, spoke to Hindi Urdu Flagship (HUF) students and the UT community in the Texas Union Theater.

  • Tipanya Interview
    Prahlad Singh Tipanya

    During his visit to the Hindi Urdu Flagship, renowned folk-singer Prahlad Singh Tipanya sat down with HUF Director Rupert Snell and HUF Senior Lecturer in Hindi Jishnu Shankar to discuss the life of a modern-day Kabir performer.

  • Ali Husain Mir Interview
    Ali Husain Mir

    Ali Husain Mir sits down with HUF directors, Syed Akbar Hyder and Herman van Olphen, to discuss his background in Urdu and the state of the language in modern India.

  • Susham Bedi
    Susham Bedi

    The Hindi Urdu Flagship’s Jishnu Shankar sits down with well-known Hindi writer and actress Susham Bedi to discuss her journey into a life of Hindi letters.

  • Shilpa Parnami
    Shilpa Parnami

    Topics covered include the unique history of Bhopal, its importance beyond the gas tragedy, Parnami’s personal experiences in Bhopal, and some of her favorite places in and around the city.

  • Rajesh Kumar
    Rajesh Kumar

    HUF director Rupert Snell speaks with Rajesh Kumar, an experienced Hindi teacher who has taught in a wide variety of settings.

  • Adeem Suhail
    Adeem Suhail

    Suhail, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses his childhood growing up in Karachi, Pakistan.

  • Maitreyi Pushpa
    Maitreyi Pushpa

    This interview with Maitreyi Pushpa was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Mamta Kalia
    Mamta Kalia

    This interview with Mamta Kalia was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Mannu Bhandari
    Mannu Bhandari

    This interview with Mannu Bhandari was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Ramanika Gupta
    Ramanika Gupta

    This interview with Ramanika Gupta was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Raji Seth
    Raji Seth

    This interview with Raji Seth was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Nasira Sharma
    Nasira Sharma

    This interview with Nasira Sharma was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Mridula Garg
    Mridula Garg

    This interview with Mridula Garg was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Chitra Mudgal
    Chitra Mudgal

    This interview with Krishna Sobti was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Geetanjali Shree
    Geetanjali Shree

    This interview with Geetanjali Shree was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Krishna Sobti
    Krishna Sobti

    This interview with Krishna Sobti was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Meera Sikri
    Meera Sikri

    This interview with Meera Sikri was recorded by Susham Bedi, a well-known Hindi novelist in her own right, as part of an ongoing project to record a variety of Hindi women writers’ thoughts on their own work.

  • Bedi - Avsaan
    Susham Bedi: Avsaan

    The well-known Hindi novelist and actress Susham Bedi discusses her short story Avsaan.

  • Bedi Sarak-ki-laye
    Susham Bedi: Sarak ki laye

    The well-known Hindi novelist and actress Susham Bedi discusses her short story “Sarak ki laye”.

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