Sunday, June 06, 2021

Watch full 100 mins documentary Khayal Darpan

The documentary film Khayal Darpan (A Mirror of Imagination) is available at

To watch the full 100-mins documentary film Khayal Darpan, please visit

Please support the musical arts and independent documentary film in South Asia by watching or purchasing this musical film.

Also hear from the filmmaker about the Making of Khayal Darpan
The above 70-mins video is free to watch.

Learn more about Khayal Darpan (its media reviews etc.)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Khayal Darpan (again) at India International Centre, New Delhi (2014)

Khayal Darpan is being screened at New Delhi's India International Centre at 6:30 pm on Saturday, 21st June 2014. Please come if you haven't still seen it. See link here.
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Monday, December 31, 2012

Khayal Darpan at Indore film festival, 2012

From Indore Film Festival, 2012.

Khayal Darpan at Dehradun.

Report from Dehradun, September 2012. (Hindustan Times)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review on Khayal Darpan in the Marathi newspaper Sakal, by Dr.Anmol Kothadia

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A new review of the film in "Asian Music" journal

Asian Music, Volume 41, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2010

E-ISSN: 1553-5630 Print ISSN: 0044-9202

DOI: 10.1353/amu.0.0050

Edward O. Henry
Khayal Darpan: An Indian Filmmaker Journeys through Classical Music in Pakistan (review)
Asian Music - Volume 41, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2010, pp. 184-185

University of Texas Press

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

RAPPEL_Conf. EPHE EA 2719_Film Khayal Darpan de Yousuf SAEED_21.01.09_18h-20h EPHE (CALVIN)

Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche
Présidence et Service de la Scolarité, 46 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris
A la Sorbonne, 45-47 rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris
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Équipe EA 2719


Paris, 15 janvier 2009

Chers collègues et amis,
Dans le cadre des travaux de l’équipe EA 2719 sur le thème de recherche « Apprentissage et transmission des savoirs et des savoir-faire artistiques en Asie du Sud », nous vous convions à une projection du film

"Khayal Darpan: A Mirror of Imagination
An Indian Filmaker Journeys Through Classical Music in Pakistan"

de Yousuf SAEED, cinéaste documentariste, New Delhi*
Mercredi 21 janvier 2009, de 18h à 20h, à l’EPHE (Calvin),
au Centre Albert-Châtelet, 6-8, rue Jean Calvin, 75005 Paris, 7e étage, salle C.

Merci à Yousuf Saeed d’avoir autorisé une projection publique de la deuxième édition de son film (100 min., 2008) en son absence. Pour plus d’informations sur le film Khayal Darpan, le travail du cinéaste et des comptes-rendus de projections, cf.

Au plaisir de vous revoir,

F. ‘Nalini’ Delvoye, Directeur d’études et responsable de l’équipe EPHE EA 2719


Saturday, July 05, 2008

Workshop on Hindustani Music and Partition

A Workshop on the Impact of the 1947 Partition on the Classical Music of South Asia
22 and 23 August 2008, New Delhi

Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, invite scholars, musicians, students and enthusiasts of Hindustani classical music to participate and contribute to an 2-day workshop of dialogue and music-making where we expect to have several musicians and scholars from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. If you have been involved in a unique research or documentation about the development of classical music in the post-1947 South Asia, and would like to share your work or findings with others, kindly send us the details. Or if you are simply interested in this theme, you are welcome to join us in August in an informal discussion.

The idea for this workshop evolved out of a larger research and documentation work carried out by the Delhi-based filmmaker and researcher, Yousuf Saeed, who spent a few months in Pakistan in 2005 for a fellowship on the music of South Asia. Yousuf's work culminated in a research paper as well as a feature-length documentary film Khayal Darpan that has been widely screened, initiating a dialogue about concerns such as the survival of classical music and national identity in South Asia. The August workshop is part of a series of such dialogues which would be carried out in different parts of South Asia. We hope to bring together scholars, musicians, historians, and students of music and cultural studies in an informal setting to reflect upon the various issues in the study of music emerging in the context of modernity. Some of the following themes or panels would form a part of this workshop:

1. Cultural identity and the making of nations
2. Partition and the music gharana narratives
3. Traditional knowledge-transmision affected by the border
4. Between popular and elite: Music adapting to the changing audience

More details about these panels and the expected scholars/musicians can be seen at the following website. Further details would also be posted on many mailing lists. We are also hoping to arrange a music concert or two with the Pakistani and Bangladeshi artists in Delhi
and/or elsewhere.

There is no charge for attending or participating in the workshop. However, you may like to inform us in advance about your attending as the seats are limited.

Yousuf Saeed