Hindi Urdu Talkies: Deepa Mehta’s “Water”

The first installment of a new HUF series that uses short scenes from significant Indian films as the setting for some close listening exercises.
HUF Director, Rupert Snell provides a series of language-related questions to accompany a poignant scene from Deepa Mehta’s controversial 2005 film “Water”. The point of this exercise is to listen out closely to discover exactly how things are said and expressed; and then to recycle parts of these expressions in usage of your own.


HUF hosts discussion on languages of law and justice in Hindi and Urdu

The Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program, in association with the South Asia Institute, hosted a bilingual seminar entitled Languages of Law and Justice.

Law & Justice

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.

Shamim Hanfi – On Urdu and Hindi

India’s leading Urdu literary critic, Shamim Hanfi, provides a tour of some key moments in the history of modern Hindi and Urdu.

Shamim Hanfi – On Urdu and Hindi

HUF publishes digital edition of popular Braj Bhasha reader

The Hindi Urdu Flagship has just published a free digital version of Rupert Snell’s classic introduction to Braj Bhasha, the wonderful medieval ancestor of modern Hindi. The book is available both online and as a downloadable PDF. There are a number of options for the PDF download including high-resolution, small file-size, and individual chapters.

HUF focuses on enhancing South Asia content in the K-12 classroom

The Hindi Urdu Flagship convened a workshop on April 28th aimed at enhancing awareness of South Asia and Hindi-Urdu at the K-12 level. The workshop, entitled Presenting South Asia through the Traditions of Hindi and Urdu, brought together many K-12 social studies teachers and administrators to discuss the specific question, “How can Hindi and Urdu resources make a contribution to students’ understanding of world culture and literature?”

HUF hosts national workshop on Hindi-Urdu pedagogy

The Hindi Urdu Flagship recently convened a workshop for university and K-12 teachers of Hindi and Urdu. The workshop featured some informal lectures on pedagogical strategies from HUF’s teaching faculty, a roundtable discussion on pressing issues in the Hindi-Urdu classroom, and a wonderful guest lecture by Prof. Shamim Hanfi on some highlights in the tangled modern history of Hindi and Urdu.

HUF hosts national workshop on Hindi-Urdu pedagogy

HUF students win national Hindi debate

The quality of the Hindi Urdu Flagship’s language training and student scholarship was once again recognized on a national stage as HUF students Florence Kerns and Ishita Paul both won first place in their respective categories at the prestigious national Hindi debate held at Yale University on April 6.

HUF launches major new website focused on the language of medicine

Friends and supporters of HUF nationwide gathered in Austin this week to celebrate the launch of a major new website focused on documenting and teaching the specialized language of healthcare in South Asia. Language for Health ( is the product of three years of substantial collaboration between HUF, The University of Texas at Austin, Columbia University, and New York University.

HUF launches major new website focused on the language of medicine

Mehr Farooqi – The Development of Urdu

HUF hosts a fascinating exploration of Quranic Exegesis and the development of Urdu by the renowned historian, Mehr Farooqi.

Mehr Farooqi – The Development of Urdu