Introduction

Dr. Vimlesh Kanti Verma is a researcher, scholar and a respected teacher of Hindi and Indology. A senior linguist, Dr. Verma, has been teaching Hindi Language, Literature and Applied Linguistics to graduate and post graduate students of Delhi University for more than four decades. His fields of interest are Devotional Hindi Poetry (Ram kavya and Krishna kavya), Textual Criticism, Lexicography, Translation Studies and Hindi as a foreign language.

Dr. Verma has initiated the Hindi Teaching programs at the University of Toronto, Canada (1973), University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria (1974-1978) and University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands (1986). In India he has been associated with the Hindi Teaching Programs of American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi, Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi (Cultural Wing of German Embassy in India) besides University of Delhi. Dr. Verma has conceptualized, designed and implemented several Hindi Language Courses for foreigners. The language teaching aids developed by him are used extensively in India and abroad. Dr. Verma’s Bulgarian-Hindi Dictionary published by Govt. Publishing House “Nauka I Iskustvo” (1978) is a pioneer work in the field of lexicography while his Learner’s Hindi-English Dictionary(2006) is the first pedagogical dictionary prepared specially for foreigners learning Hindi. He has translated a number of classical Bulgarian writings from the original language.

Dr. Verma has been honored twice by the Government of Bulgaria with the National Honors, for strengthening cultural relations between Bulgaria and India through translations. Dr. Verma has 23 books and 60 research papers published on various aspects of Hindi Language and Literature.