Columbia University professor Allison Busch conferred with ‘Vishwa Hindi Samman’

New York, USA: Professor Allison Busch of Columbia University New York was honored with the Vishwa Hindi Samman (World Hindi Award) by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on September 27 for her remarkable and outstanding contributions to the spread of Hindi language and Hindi literature.

Indian Ambassador to America Navtej Sarna and New York Consul Sandeep Chakraborty were also present at the award ceremony. The award was given to scholars living abroad which include Shawls, and insignia to honor them.

This honor was to be given to Professor Busch at the eleventh world Hindi conference in Mauritius in August but due to inevitable reasons Professor Bush could not go to Mauritius, so the honor was given to her on 27 September by the Foreign Minister in New York.

Prof. Bush has been dedicated to Hindi literature for the past 30 years. Her special interest is classical Hindi tradition. She has published articles and books on Hindi literature, in which during the Mughal empire, ‘Poetry of Kings’ is the head of Hindi literature. She has inspired hundreds of students in America, Europe and India to join Hindi literature. She has been an enthusiastic participant in Hindi workshops all over the world and organizes an annual Hindi-Urdu Conference in Columbia University.

A collection of essays that highlights the special multilingual features of Indian literature, Culture and Circulation (edited with Thomas de Brujin; Brill 2014), is soon to come out in an Indian edition from Primus Books. She is currently hard at work with art historian Molly Atiken to bring new insights to bear on Hindi literature’s centuries-long legacy in the world of Indian painting.

Government of India has tradition of honoring Hindi scholars in Hindi conferences. At the end of the ninth conference it was decided that this award will be known as Vishwa Hindi Samman (World Hindi Award) by the Tenth Conference.

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