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.

Harish Trivedi

Abul Naghmi: Malihabadi

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


Mujtaba Hussain: Urdu Satire

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

Mujtaba Hussain

Michael Shapiro: Hindi Poetry

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

Mike Shapiro

Kavita Datla: Hyderabad

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

Kavita Datla

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.

Kathryn Hansen

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.

Rupert Snell

Shamim Hanfi: Manto

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

Shamim Hanfi

Shamim Hanfi: Urdu-Hindi

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

Shamim Hanfi

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.