Satendra Khanna

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
2204 Erwin Road Room 229, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
Phone: 
(919) 660-4361

The Indian audience . . . perfect[s] the rendering of the song by the force of their own imagination and emotion. — Anand Coomaraswamy

My teaching and research interests lie in the application of Indian aesthetics to film and modern Hindi literature.  I pay particular attention to the design of dhvani (resonance) in imaginative works.  My recent translations from Hindi literature have been the poet Nirala’s fictional autobiography (A Life Misspent, 2016), the novelist Mohan Rakesh’s India travelogue (Out to the Farthest Rock, 2015), and the poet Vinod Kumar Shukla’s novel (Once it Flowers, 2014).

Overview

He interprets the lives and works of contemporary Indian writers to an international audience through a series of documentary films and translations. His recent work includes a translation of Vinod Kumar Shukla's Naukar ki Kameez (The Servant's Shirt, Penguin India, 1999), an anthology of short fiction, His Daily Bread (Har Anand, 2000) and the series Literary Postcard on the Doordarshan national network in India.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles 1969

  • A.B., Harvard University 1964

Renu, TSKP, and Mukti, K. Freed from Disgrace. Oxford University Press, Delhi, India, 2007.

Khanna, S. A Window Lived in a Wall. Academy of Arts and Letters, New Delhi, India, January 2005.

Khanna, S. His Daily Bread. Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 2000.

Khanna, S. The Servant’s Shirt. Penguin India, 1999.

Khanna, S. CSSEAS. University of California, Berkeley, 1980.

Khanna, S. "Indian Cinema and Indian Life." CSSEAS. University of California, Berkeley, 1980.

Khanna, S. "College." Ed. NK Bhattacharjee. Indian Literature L (2006): 105-121.

Khanna, S. "The Consciousness of the Listener: An Exploration in Video." Ed. S Chew. Moving Worlds 5 (2005): 53-59.

Satendra Khanna, . "Aravindan 1935-1991." Framework 38/39 (July 1992): 173-181. (Academic Article)

Khanna, S. "Esthappan." Film Quarterly (October 1981): 53-56. (Academic Article)

Khanna, S. "A Major Motion Picture Event from India." ASIA (August 1981): 8-13. (Academic Article)

Satendra Khanna, . "The New Cinema:A Step Away from Bombay Make-Believe." New Delhi (February 1980). (Academic Article)

Khanna, S. "Bismillah of Benares." (October 2002).

Khanna, S. "Ambient India." (December 2000).

Khanna, S. "Literary Postcard." (February 1999).

Khanna, S. "Literary Postcard." (August 1997).

Khanna, S. "Sanyog." (February 1992).

Khanna, S. "Division of Hearts." (1987).

Khanna, S. "Indian folk tales." (1985).

Khanna, S. "KPFA." (1980).

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