Saturday, January 23, 2010
The capital's well known House for pictures, posters, calendar art, cinema hoardings and pilgrimage maps recently organized an 'Illustrated Talk' on the Sufi Shrine. It was held at Max Mueller Bhawan on January 22, 2010.
Yousuf Saeed, the current director of Tasveer Ghar, New Delhi, talked "Popular Islam and Urban Spaces: The Nizamuddin Shrine in New Delhi" with his passionate devotional posters.
The Sufi shrine of Chishti saint Nizamuddin Aulia in Delhi is one of the most popular Muslim pilgrimage destinations in South Asia, attracting thousands of pilgrims of many faiths from all over India and the world.
Tasveer Ghar considers the event as work-in-progress and said it is part of a research and documentation project tracing the trans-cultural flows between Europe and Asia in Muslim popular iconography. The research is being conducted under the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows’, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
The illustrated talk put special stress on changes in image practices over time in response to the changes brought about by urbanization, movement of pilgrims, new technology, and competition from the Tableeghi and Wahabi ideologues in the vicinity.
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[Link to the Talk: http://www.tasveergharindia.net/cmsdesk/essay/91/index.html]