Satendra Khanna

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
(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).


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

Nirala, ST, and translator, SK. "Kulli Bhat."

Shukla, VK, and translator, SK. "When It Comes to Flower."