The University of Iowa

Independent filmmaker from New Dehli to host two presentations Oct. 3-4

September 26th, 2012

Yousuf Saeed
Join independent researcher and documentary filmmaker Yousuf Saeed as he discusses his work on the visual, artistic, and religious cultural heritage of India in two separate presentations on the UI campus. The first presentation features the screening of “Four Short Documentaries on Popular Islam in India,” followed by a discussion with Saeed, and will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in E105 AJB (Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building).

The second presentation will be Thursday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The title of the talk is "The Popular Soundscape and Visual Culture of a Sufi Shrine: Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi." This shrine is the tomb of the great Sufi master Nizamuddin Auliya and has long been one of the liveliest religious sites in India's capital, thronged by pilgrims of all faiths, and frequented by inspired singers of qawwali (ecstatic Sufi devotional music). Saeed will discuss his work documenting this site and share iconography and film footage of its vibrant culture.

These events are free and open to the public.

From New Dehli, Yousuf Saeed has directed and shot numerous documentaries for Indian television, as well as his own films on the cultural heritage and practices of Muslims in India. He serves as director of "Tasveer Ghar" ("house of pictures"), an online archive of South Asian popular visual culture, and is the author of “Muslim Devotional Art in India.”

Sponsors of these events are the South Asian Studies Program, International Programs, and the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please contact Philip Lutgendorf at or 319-335-2157.