Our "interpretive dancing" tool blossomed into "Aaja Nachle Hawaii" - our exciting Bollywood dance group.

Our 15 minute spoof of Sholay. Best project ever!

Alex Kelly preparing to perform Raga Yaman at the Center for South Asian Studies Colloquium.

Holi Hai!!

Finding our way around a Delhi map and planning a trip.

Kuch Kuch Recycle Hota Hai. Our first fun performance.

Yeh ishq ishq hai ishq ishq!

Sai and Nada dancing Navrai Majhi

Dramatic semester-end parties!

Kho-kho on the beach!

Welcome to our Hindi-Urdu Language Program!

Four Reasons to study Hindi and Urdu at UH!

490 Million Speakers

1Hindi is one of the official languages of India and is the main language used in the northern states, and is spoken in much of north and central India alongside other languages. In other parts of India, as well as in Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Hindi is understood. In Fiji people of Indian origin speak Hindi, and in some areas the Fijian people also speak it.

Best faculty

2Sai Bhatawedekar is an Assistant Professor of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. She states that she and her students transform the classroom into a “dynamic, vibrant, hilarious and stimulating learning environment that brings out the best in all of them.” Colleagues who have observed her classes say that they have been inspired by her teaching practices.Her students have shown incredible creativity, poetic sensibility, melodrama, and just pure joy in learning. Her teaching has earned her the University Teaching Award at Ohio State and the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching at UH.

Language and more!

3The learning gets fun with the mix of Bollywood dance, movies and festivals. Sai is on the board of the Honolulu Bollywood Film Festival, and has also started a Bollywood dance group – Aaja Nachle. Sai brings her acting, singing, and dancing skills into the classroom to create a Bollywood inspired learning atmosphere. The Lovers of South Asian Cultures club adds to the flavor by putting up various events all through the semesters and bringing culture ‘live’ for our students.

Prepare for the Future

4The economy of India is the third largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). India recorded the highest growth rates in the mid-2000s, and is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

The coolest class ever!