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A statement of  Intent

The Urdu Project began in 2016 as an attempt to learn the Urdu language, its calligraphy and culture, and now uses Urdu as a metaphor for the assimilation and cultural mingling that the language represents.


The genesis of the language lies in the streets, the bazaars and army camps of South Asia. It evolved to serve as the common tongue of merchants and soldiers from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, a region that is now home to over twenty five nation states. 

This website began as a tumblr blog, meant to document an individual journey of learning the language and attempting to make a film about it. It now includes the many stories and resources that were found in the process, the many artworks that have been created within The Urdu Project since, and all the artists who have reimagined and created.

Each artwork is an ode to the idea of community and humanity that transcends race, geography, and above all, the constructed idea of borders.

ہم اس سائٹ کے لیے اردو زبان کی حمایت تیار کرنے کے عمل میں ہیں۔

documenting the journey
of a fascination with
e urdu language

 اردو کے ساتھ ایک رومان

کے سفر کی دستاویز

Ganga Jamuna Market

 The Aesthetic of Evil

Mobile public installation + artist workshops + curation (2021)

Photo Series (2021)

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 Gully Gulzar

" The Urdu language, was born out of necessity, to bridge apparently disparate cultures and give them the opportunity to share their understanding of the world. It would seem that, even here, the Urdu language did just that. It brought all three of us, from these seemingly different worlds, together and allowed us to fall deeply in love, not just with itself, but maybe even with each other. I see great promise here. " - Prateek

from documentation during Guftagu
1:43 PM, 28 March, 2017
Bongolia, Pune


Multimedia Web Installation  (ongoing)

journaling :  from learning to making, to learning

The Blog is a (rather informal) documentation of the journey of the project from an individual research project to the collective of artists it now is.


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The Urdu Project's different artworks have been varied in medium and content, but so far, have all involved large amounts of research. 

Here we have compiled a collection of imagery, films, music, papers and extensions of Urdu culture that we discovered during our exploration of the language and the various themes we have chosen to explore around it. These include resources on learning the language, typography, commentaries on the language, its literature and pluralism, the surrounding arts and culture of medieval India, as well as contemporary parallels / takes. 

While this baby archive currently lacks classification or categorisation, we are working on better arranging it for fellow researchers /enthusiasts. Some research for ongoing projects has also not been uploaded yet onto the page. If you are looking for something specific, please feel free to contact us and we will point you in the appropriate direction as far as possible.

If you wish to contribute to this page with articles, papers, music, archives, etc of interest, please do reach out, we would appreciate the contribution.

Resource Archive 

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the urdu project

ہم اس سائٹ کے لیے اردو زبان کی حمایت تیار کرنے کے عمل میں ہیں۔

اردو پروجکٹ

हम इस साइट के लिए हिंदी भाषा समर्थन बनाने की प्रक्रिया में हैं।

उर्दू प्रॉजेक्ट

Short Documentary (2016)




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Support Us

To create an artwork needs funds.


In April 2021 we began a crowdfunding campaign that garnered 20% of the funds we requested before we closed the campaign due to India's second wave of Covid - 19. This financed the creation of the Ganga Jamuna Market, as well as The Aesthetic of Evil.

We now need support for the creation of the installation Gully Gulzar. If you wish to contribute, please consider buying a zine or even two. If you wish to and are able to support us further, please contact us.


We thank you for your generosity.