Kali Charan Bahl is an associate professor emeritus in South Asian Languages and Civilizations and Linguistics at the University of Chicago. He specialized in Hindi and related languages or dialects. Bahl has published more than half a dozen books, in both Hindi and English, about the grammar, semantics, and dialectology of Hindi. He also did research in the 1960s on Korwa, a Munda language. Upon retirement, he made a large donation of his personal collection of books and documents to Regenstein Library.