Muhammed Noushad

Muhammed Noushad is a writer, editor, translator and documentary filmmaker based in Calicut. He has taught journalism and filmmaking in different colleges for 14 years in Kerala, including four years heading a mass communication department at SAFI Institute of Advanced Study, affiliated to Calicut University. He facilitates intense training workshops in Creative Writing, Script Writing and Documentary Making, in India and abroad. His career in freelance journalism showcases long-form profiles and in-depth interviews with academics, authors, film personalities and community leaders. He loves traveling and writing about people’s deep values.

Muhammed Noushad has also served as an editor, for more than 10 years, with Other Books, an independent publishing house specializing in Malabar history, gender, mysticism and caste. His role included laising with authors, translators and designers; copy-editing; mentoring interns and social media management.  

His first book in Malayalam, SAMA-E-BISMIL: The Inner Worlds of Qawali was published in 2021, by Book Plus. This is a collection of translations of and reflections on traditional qawalis sung in Chishtiya sufi traditions in South Asia. This book was illustrated by Midhun Mohan and the foreword was by Sufi musician Sameer Binsi. 

The books in pipeline are: biography of Ali Manikfan (marine biologist and astronomer); Murivettavarkkulla Kadhakal (healing stories) – publilsher Bukkafe: ‘Uyirudal Theerppukal’, select conversations with veteran women artists of Indian cinema, publisher Pendulum Books). His major interview assignments included Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait, Brinda Karat, Prof. MN Vijayan, AG Noorani, Claude Alvares, Shabana Azmi, Mallika Sarabhai, Mahesh Bhatt, Meena Kandasamy, Dr. Farid Esack, Prof. Ramon Grosfugel, Dr. Hatim Bazian etc.

Noushad has written and directed documentaries and short films. His film projects include Masjids of Malabar (on the early generatoin mosques of Kerala, a comprehensive overview of architecture, cosmopolitan histories, mosque ecosystems etc / director / 2021): Jamaluppa (biographical documentary on social worker MA Muhammad Jamal/ director/ 2020): Cleansing (on ethnic violence in Bodoland, Assam/ director/ 2012), Guruzale (on Rohingyan refugee children in Kerala/ creative director/  2017) among others. 

He is a co-founder of Kamura Art Community, an organization committed to use art for youth empowerment, healing and social awareness campaigns. Noushad has also written and directed several plays for campus audiences and general public.


Muhammed Noushad has conducted several workshops in places including Calicut, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kavarathi, Delhi and Doha. He offers workshops in: Creative Writing, Script Writing, Storytelling, Theater for Education (Pedagogic Theater), Inner Explorations, Emotional Aesthetics, Filmmaking, Book Publishing.

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Kamura: https://www.facebook.com/KamuraArtCommunity

Project in the making: https://www.facebook.com/SideratulMuntaha

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