India, Feb. 9 -- Francesca Orsini, professor of Hindi and South Asian literature at SOAS University of London, is a literary historian working primarily with Hindi and Urdu material. Known as the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS is a leading public research university for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East (West Asia). In a talk with Saurabh Chauhan, Orsini spoke about the multilingual literature of Avadh.

I have been interested in how to do literary history in a multilingual society, especially the literary history written in Hindu, Urdu or Persian. It is interesting to see and understand how does a Persian writer rewrite 'Mrigavati'? ((Composed in Avadhi by Qutban, a Sufi poet of the medieval era, Mrigavati tells o...