Archive of popular Urdu prints
Tasveer-e Urdu is a growing archive for documenting diversity in the visual print culture of Urdu in India and South Asia.
A project supported by India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore.
Click for UrduCall for Papers:
Conference on the Popular Culture of Urdu
To be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
on 8-9 September 2017

Tasveer-e Urdu and the Centre for Indian Languages (SLLCS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), plan to hold a two-day conference on the popular culture of Urdu language on 8-9 September 2017 in New Delhi. We seek proposals of presentations that can lead to engaging discussions on the theme, which has been outlined in our concept note. A short abstract (not more than one page) should be sent in Urdu or English, with a short bio of the presenter’s past work, latest by 10 April 2017 to If your abstract/concept is selected for participation, you will be expected to write and submit the full paper (5000 to 8000 words, in Urdu or English) by August 10, 2017. Kindly download/read the following documents:

Short concept note about this conference (in English)
Short concept note about this conference (in Urdu)
Urdu as a Language of Popular Entertainment (a longer concept note)
Ishtihar Tasveeren: Visual Culture of Early Urdu Magazines (a visual essay)

Looking forward to your proposals soon.

Convener: Prof. Mazhar Hussain, Centre for Indian Languages, JNU.
Concept and Coordination: Yousuf Saeed, independent filmmaker and researcher (

This conference is supported by the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, under the Arts Research Programme.

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