Yousuf Saeed

Yousuf is an independent filmmaker and researcher based in Delhi. 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, A Life in Science: Yashpal, and the Train to Heaven which have been shown at numerous film festivals, academic venues and on TV channels. Besides films and television, Yousuf worked for Encyclopedia Britannica (India) as the Arts Editor. He has been a Sarai Fellow (2004), the Asia Fellow (2005-06) and the Margaret Beveridge Senior Research Fellow (at J.B.Media Resource Centre, Jamia Millia, New Delhi, 2009). His most recent work is a feature length film Khayal Darpan about the state of classical music in Pakistan. His interest in the popular devotional art of Indian Muslims and his extensive collection of such art work brings him to the Tasveer Ghar. He also looks after the overall design and update of the Tasveer Ghar website. Yousuf is the author of his new book "Muslim Devotional Art in India" (Routledge India, 2011).