people: snell

Rajesh Kumar

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

Rajesh Kumar

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

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.

Tipanya Interview

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

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

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

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.


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.


President of India honors former HUF director Herman van Olphen

The President of India, Pratibha Patil, has awarded the Hindi Urdu Flagship’s former (and founding) director Herman van Olphen the extremely prestigious Sir George Grierson award for a lifetime of service towards teaching and promoting the Hindi language. Van Olphen received the award in a special ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Presidential House) on June 20, 2012.