Tasveer Ghar: A Digital Archive of South Asian Popular Visual Culture

Yousuf Saeed is an independent filmmaker, writer and designer based in Delhi. Yousuf is among the founders of Tasveer Ghar and maintains the design and upkeep of the website. He started his career in educational television (with the Times of India) in 1990, co-directing the science series Turning Point for Doordarshan, and moved on to make documentaries on a variety of subjects. Some of his prominent films include Inside Ladakh, Basant, Yashpal - A Life in Science, and the Train to Heaven which have been shown at numerous film festivals, academic venues and on TV channels. Besides films and television, Yousuf also worked for Encyclopedia Britannica (India) as the Arts Editor. He has been a Sarai Fellow (2004), and an Asia Fellow (2005). His most recent works are Khayal Darpan, a feature length film about the state of classical music in Pakistan, and Campus Rising, a documentary about the unrest in India's universities. His interest in the popular devotional art of Indian Muslims and his extensive collection of such art work brings him to the Tasveer Ghar. Yousuf is the author of Muslim Devotional Art in India (Routledge, 2012/2019) based on his documentation of popular Islamic art. Yousuf also maintains Ektara, a video archive and newsletter on South Asia's shared history and cultural traditions. More about his works.

Essay/s by this author at Tasveer Ghar:

Election Campaign 2009

This is What They Look Like

The Priya Paul Collection of Popular Art at Tasveer Ghar

Workshop on Changing Popular Visual Cultures of Muslim Shrines:
Transcultural Flows and Urban Spaces

Eid Mubarak: Cross-cultural Image Exchange in Muslim South Asia

Visual Pilgrim: Mapping Popular Visuality and Devotional Media
at Sufi Shrines and other Islamic Institutions in South Asia

Ishtihar Tasveeren

Lions of Islam: Symbols of Masculine Power in
the Devotional Art of India and Pakistan

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