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Khayal Darpan has been shown at numerous international film festivals like those on Hong Kong, France, the US, Nepal and Pakistan.

Chandigarh | Published: January 10, 2014 1:01:26 am

Entering the 16th consecutive month of Sunday with Filmmaker, the Chandigarh Creative Cinema Circle, in association with Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, is playing host to veteran documentary filmmaker Yousuf Saeed this weekend. An independent research-based filmmaker, Saeed has films on science and technology, culture, music and poetry to his credit.
From science-based show Turning Point on DD (hosted by Naseerudin Shah and Girish Karnad) to documentaries such as Inside Ladakh, Basant, A Life in Science-Yashpal and The Train to Heaven, Saeed is a prominent name in the non-fiction film circuit. Besides films and television, he also worked for Encyclopedia Britannica (India) as Arts Editor. His most recent work is a feature-length documentary film titled Khayal Darpan, about the state of classical music in Pakistan. Khayal Darpan has been shown at numerous international film festivals like those on Hong Kong, France, the US, Nepal and Pakistan.
He recently wrote and published his latest illustrated book titled Muslim Devotional Art in India (Routledge, 2012) which explores the history of Islamic poster art in India. This weekend, his films Basant (1997), Jannat Ki Rail (2006), The Making of Taj (2013), Qasba Sanskriti- Amroha (2011) and Khayal Darpan will be screened in the city. While Basant is a musical film featuring a day in the life of qawwals and Sufis of the shrine of Nizamuddin Aulia in Delhi, Jannat ki Rail is a seven-minute experimental music video celebrating the spirit of Islam, illustrated by popular devotional art and music. The Making of the Taj explores the history of the famous Mughal monument in Agra, whereas Qasba Sanskriti – Amroha celebrates the communal harmaony, material culture, performing arts and crafts of Amroha, a small-town near Delhi.
The screenings will take place at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, on Saturday, 4pm onwards. Entry is free

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