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In keeping with its mission to enhance Hindi-Urdu learning in the United States, the Hindi Urdu Flagship at The University of Texas at Austin frequently invites leading scholars and artists working in the Hindi-Urdu medium to speak and interact with Flagship students. In addition to seminars and performances, the series also features various workshops and classroom sessions with the speakers. We film each event and share each recording with the general public with the hope that learners and lovers of Hindi-Urdu nationwide can benefit from these unique scholars and artists.




Rupert Snell – Autobiography is Another Story: “Lives” in Hindi

In this fascinating talk, Hindi Urdu Flagship Director, Rupert Snell, presents his recent work on the diverse genre of autobiographical writing in Hindi. The talk, entitled Autobiography is Another Story: “Lives” in Hindi, features audio recordings of a number of Hindi Urdu Flagship students and faculty reading from a wide variety of Hindi autobiographies Continuereading >

Duration: 01:26:30

Ali Asani – From Qawwali to Sufi Rock: Contemporary Expressions of Muslim D

Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University describes the modern Sufi rock phenomenon epitomized by Salman Ahmad and his band Junoon. Asani outlines Ahmad’s personal musical, religious, and political journey and attempted to place Sufi rock in the broader tradition of Muslim devotional literature. A native of Kenya Continuereading >

Duration: 01:10:52

Prahlad Singh Tipanya – Kabir

As part of its festival celebrating the living tradition of song and performance dedicated to the poet Kabir, HUF hosts a live musical performance by an acclaimed traditional Kabir folk ensemble led by Prahlad Singh Tipanya. Tipanya sings and plays the tambura, a five-stringed plucked and strummed instrument originally from Rajasthan, and kartal a Continuereading >

Duration: 01:57:35

Frances Pritchett – How to Read Ghalib

Frances Pritchett, Professor of Modern Indic Languages in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, walks us through some key techniques for reading the notoriously difficult Urdu poetry of Mirza Ghalib. Pritchett teaches courses on Indian civilization, Urdu literature and Islam in South Asia. Pritchett’s publications include Nets Continuereading >

Duration: 00:50:10