About Me / मेरे बारे में

Ian Woolford

I am a lecturer in Hindi language and literature at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. I am also a fellow at the Australia India Institute and an Asia Literacy Ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation. I have previously taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University and at The University of Texas at Austin, where I received a PhD in Hindi language and literature in 2012. I study literature, folklore, and oral tradition of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, using material in Hindi, as well as in regional languages of this area of north India: Maithili, Angika, Bhojpuri, and Nepali.

As coordinator of La Trobe University’s Hindi language program, I oversee all levels of Hindi. We currently offer three years of instruction, including advanced classes in literature, cinema, and media. These classes are open to Hindi majors as well as students wishing to add Hindi to their undergraduate or PhD programs. I also teach classes (in English) on South Asian culture. Prospective PhD students who wish to undertake postgraduate work in Hindi or South Asian studies should contact me directly. Indian citizens are eligible to apply for the Shri Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship to support their studies.

I have lived for several years in India: recently and also during my childhood. (I also attended 6th grade at Felicity Hindu School, in Felicity, Trinidad.) I owe much to my background as a singer in both western and Indian traditions, and my work focuses on Hindi performance—be it the devotional poetry of the north-Indian countryside or performative aspects of key literary figures. My current book project—Renu Village: Hindi Literature and North Indian Oral Tradition—draws on fieldwork in North India, during which I studied Bihari song with the surviving members of the village performance troupe formed by the 20th-century Hindi author Phanishwarnath Renu.

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At the Renu family home, Aurahi (Renu Gaon), Bihar

Recently my interests in singing East and West joined when I performed the role of Yavakri in the world premiere of Vanraj Bhatia’s Mahabharat-based opera Agni Varsha in New York City. Plans for a Mumbai premiere are in the works.

email: i.woolford@latrobe.edu.au
twitter: @iawoolford

Mail:
Dr Ian Woolford
Asian Studies: Hindi Program
La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3086
Australia


6 responses to “About Me / मेरे बारे में

  • तुम हिंदी क्‍यों नहीं सीख लेते डेविड वार्नर? - Mohalla Live

    […] ईयान वुलफोर्ड मेलबोर्न के ला ट्रोब विश्‍वविद्यालय में हिंदी भाषा और साहित्‍य के प्राध्‍यापक हैं। डेविन वार्नर और रोहित शर्मा के बीच हुए भाषाई विवाद में वे हिंदी के पक्ष में बोले। ऐसे वक्‍त में जब हिंदी से जुड़े देशी लोग भी हिंदी को लेकर उपेक्षा का नजरिया रखते हैं और अपने बाद की पीढ़ी को दूसरी अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय भाषाओं की सड़क पर चलने को कहते हैं, ईयान का स्‍टैंड काबिलेतारीफ है। उन्‍होंने अपने ब्‍लॉग Hindi in Oz पर इस बारे में लिखा है। […]

  • rajaram

    aapne bharat Ki Hi matar bhasha kiyun chuni

  • rajaram

    aapne bharat Ki Hi matar bhasha kiyun chuni jai mata di

  • Gaurav Mishra

    Do you plan to write some book on eastern UP and Bihari traditions and culture; there are not many i guess.

  • Charusheela

    Ian Sir pls check your mail

  • Deepak prakash

    Sir..jab bharat me hi Hindi upeksha ka shikar ho rahi h.
    Tab aap ek Hindi k professor Hone k Nate keval Australia me Hindi Padha hi nahi rahe h balki Twitter Facebook aur Internet k dwara Hindi bhasa ka prachar prasar v kar rahe h..
    Apke is kiye gaye sarahniya kamo ke liye Ham sabhi bharatwasi ape prati kritghan h aur asha karate h ki Ap Hindi k prati apna prem banaye rakhiyega…aur sir mai eastern uttarpradesh ka rahne wala hu …aur mujhe jaan kar khusi hui ki ap yaha k lokgito ka adhyan kar rahe h…..dhanyawad

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