Yousuf Saeed

Curation of Exhibits and Events:

From Mecca to Sufi Shrines: Islamic Poster Art from South Asia: Exhibition at Charles B. Wang Centre, Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY, March 13-May 5, 2019. Another link, events brochure.

• Faiz ka Manzoom Safar: A poetic journey of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s life. A poetic journey of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s life, involving recitations, singing, dance and images. (participated to recite Urdu poetry), 19th May, 2012, at India International Centre, New Delhi.

• Aqeedat ka Rang 2012: A festival of films and discussion on India's shared cultural traditions. At Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. 27-30 March 2012.

• Visual Pilgrim: a web presentation to map popular visuality and devotional media at Sufi shrines and other Islamic institutions in South Asia (designed and conceptualised by Yousuf Saeed) 2011.

• Colours of Devotion: Exhibition of religious posters at a seminar on Religion and Popular Culture in the Indian Sub-Continent, Bethune College, Kolkata. Dec. 2010.

• Aqeedat ke Rang: An exhibit of Muslim devotional poster art, at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. April 2008.

• Amir Khusrau – Between the Kings and the Masses: A visual arts installation conceived by Yousuf Saeed and designed by Sanjog Sharan, for India Social Forum at New Delhi, Nov. 2006.

• Al-Musavvir: An exhibition of Islamic popular poster art at Sarai, CSDS, New Delhi – Aug. 2004.

• Heritage walks: I have been regularly conducting heritage walks around Delhi’s historical buildings, especially the complex of Nizamuddin shrine, almost 5-8 per year. An example.

• Basant Festival 2002: A day-long cultural event celebrating Sufi Basant near the shrine of Nizamuddin Aulia at Delhi, involving heritage walk, qawwali concert, film screenings and poetry sessions, via Communicator’s Cooperative (Feb 2002). The same festival was also held in 2003 and 2004 on a larger scale, with help from Sahitya Kala Parishad, Govt. of Delhi. In 2007, this festival (Jashn-e Basant) was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

• Amir Khusrau's Garden of Cultural Plurality (website, started in May 1998)

Photos, art archive