people: hyder


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.

Ali Husain Mir Interview

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.

Shabana Azmi

Mujtaba Hussain: Urdu Satire

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

Mujtaba Hussain

Kavita Datla: Hyderabad

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

Kavita Datla

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.


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).

Ayesha Jalal

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.

Romance and Revolution

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.

Mehr Farooqi