Archive for September, 2007

Celebrating Ghalib – A 2 Part Event

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

T2F Pays Tribute to Ghalib

The mighty Ghalib is considered by many to be the most dominating poet of the Urdu language. He wrote most of his popular ghazals between the ages of 19 and 25 and is hailed as the father of modern Urdu prose.

In addition to being one of the finest historians of his time, Ghalib was the original hippie: subversive, rebellious, and unconventional.

Join us at T2F on two Sundays, as we explore the myriad dimensions of Ghalib’s genius. The 2 part program features the screening of a short film on Ghalib by Yousuf Saeed followed by a conference call with the Director (who is based in Delhi), as well as readings, musical renditions, deliberations on Ghalib’s relevance to the political situation, his religiosity, scientific accuracy, and risqué connotations in his work. Asif Farrukhi, Tina Sani, Wajid Jawad, Arshad Mahmud, Khalid Ahmed, and other Ghalib aficionados will participate. We welcome audience participation so if there’s anything you’d like to share, bring it along.

If you’re wondering, “Why in Ramzan?”, the ash’aar below precipitated the idea.

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Date: Sunday, 30th September and 7th October 2007


Mehfil-e-Samaa

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

T2F Presents Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad – LIVE, on Thursday 20th September

fareedabu.jpgJoin us for an evening of devotional music as we pay tribute to legendary Sufi poets and thinkers, ranging from Hazrat Amir Khusrau to Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi. Fareed Ayaz Qavvaal and Brothers belong to the 705 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. They are the sons of the legendary Munshi Raziuddin and are internationally acclaimed as being amongst the finest qavvaals of the sub-continent.

Date: Thursday, 20th September, 2007


Unplugged Music Session Featuring Faisal Gill

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

T2F Presents Faisal Gill and TP – UNPLUGGED – on 12th September, 2007

Everyone who showed up to listen to The Experience at T2F last month knows that Faisal Gill is a guitar maestro. If you missed Faisal in action, now is the time to make amends. This Wednesday, we have a special treat in store for you. Faisal Gill will play acoustic guitar and TP will mesmerize you with her stunning voice. Join us at T2F for a bit of Pink Floyd, Tracy Chapman, Sting – and some surprises.

Date: Wednesday, 12th September, 2007


An Exhibition of Conceptual Photo Illustrations

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Meet the Artist, Hasan Zaman, on 12th September, 2007 at 7:30 pm

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The exhibition will continue until the end of the month.


A Tribute to Qurat-ul-Ain Hyder

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

T2F Presents a Tribute to Ainee Apa on Sunday, 9th September, 2007

ainee.jpgQurat-ul-Ain Hyder (1927-2007) was one of the most outstanding names in Urdu Literature. She wrote her first novel, “Mayray Bhee Sanam Khaanay” at the age of 19 and her magnum opus, “Aag Ka Darya” set a new trend in Urdu literature.

Join us this Sunday at T2F for an evening of readings and story-telling as we pay tribute to Ainee Apa. Asif Aslam Farrukhi, noted writer and translator, will facilitate the session.

Date: Sunday, 9th September, 2007


Be Really Scared

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

UPDATE: E-Crime Bill Roundup

Another Call for Action on Saturday 8th September, 2007

bomb.gifFor two hours yesterday, Barrister Zahid Jamil scared the living daylights out of everyone who showed up at T2F for the session on the E-Crime Bill 2007. We had heard rumors about this draconian Bill but it wasn’t until all the arcane legalese was presented in “normal” language, that we actually “got it”.

The E-Crime Bill is BAD NEWS. Please do not be misled by the letter “E” and dismiss this Bill as some kind of “techie thing”. The E-Crime Bill 2007 affects film-makers, journalists, home-makers, accountants, bankers, graphic designers, teachers, lawyers, consultants, poets, et al: It affects every Pakistani who uses a computer or a mobile phone.

We are gathering at T2F again on Saturday 8th September at 4:00 pm to produce bite-sized videos and podcasts that will be uploaded on YouTube, blogs, and other media to kick-start a citizen-led movement against the E-Crime Bill 2007. We urge you to show up, understand the issue, and then join us in our protests and action against this dastardly Bill.

If you are a film-maker, video editor, writer, graphic designer, or animator, PLEASE join us as we need to communicate this issue effectively to the public, in Urdu and English. Apologies for the short notice but we need to ACT NOW.

Recommended Reading:

Cyber Crime FAQ | Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act | Letter to Cabinet

Date: Saturday, 9th September, 2007


Call for Action Against Draconian E-Crime Bill

Friday, September 7th, 2007

UPDATE: E-Crime Bill Roundup

Friday, 7th September, 2007

The New E-Crime Bill 2007 is one of the most draconian laws yet to emanate from the Government. It conflicts with international treaties, usurps fundamental human rights, violates the Constitution and effectively lays the legal foundation for a police state. It also obstructs any international cooperation on cyber crime, terrorism and enforcement.

The legally and technically incorrect definitions in the E-Crime Bill 2007 ensure that rather than preventing cyber crimes, perpetrators will view Pakistan as a safe haven. The innocent will fall victim to its abuse, and for international and domestic businesses and investors, Pakistan will not be a destination of choice but a jurisdiction to stay away from.

Recommended Reading:

Cyber Crime FAQ | Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act | Letter to Cabinet

What does the E-Crime Bill 2007 mean for you, as a citizen of civil society? Essentially, it adversely affects everyone who uses a computer or electronic device in Pakistan. We, the people, can still prevent this Bill from being passed. Find out more at a session led by Barrister Zahid Jamil at T2F this Friday.

Date: Friday, 7th September, 2007


Science Ka Adda: Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

The Excitement and Wonders of Chemistry

The science of matter and its transformation, Chemistry, is all around us. Heredity, disease, health, food, medicines, material, environment – life too – are all composed of chemicals. buckyballs.jpgDiscover the underlying chemistry behind the entire gamut: DNA, life, disease, medicine, the environment and global warming. Learn about the serendipity that yielded ‘bucky balls’ and ‘nano tubes’ and hence some amazing practical applications. Can Chemistry explain memory and emotions? What then is not Chemistry?

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman obtained his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1968 and was later honored by Cambridge’s prestigious degree of Doctor of Science (Sc.D.). Having over 761 publications in leading international journals in several fields of organic chemistry, he enjoys international renown. Presently Federal Minister/Chairman of the Higher Education Commission and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Science and Technology, Dr. Rahman also served as the Federal Minister for Science and Technology during 2000-02. During the course of an illustrious career, Dr. Rahman has received numerous awards including the UNESCO Science Prize as well as all four civil awards conferred by the Government of Pakistan. He was elected Fellow of Royal Society (London) in July 2006.

Read more about Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman’s career on HEC’s website.

Date: Tuesday, 4th September, 2007


Beyond Partition

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Oxford University Press and T2F Present “Beyond Partition” – A Film Screening and Interactive Discussion with Justice (Retired) Dr. Javid Iqbal on 1st September, 2007

Documentary Screening (1 hour, 5 minutes)

bp.jpgBeyond Partition is a documentary film that reflects the views of South Asian filmmakers on the Partition of India and Pakistan. Renowned filmmakers, Gulzar and Govind Nihalani reflect on the communal violence they witnessed. Cinema veteran M.S. Sathyu and celebrated script writer Shama Zaidi question the very idea behind the division, while Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar focuses on other powerful forces that generated the demand for Pakistan.

Beyond Partition is far more than just a recollection of the past from the view point of filmmakers. Producer-Director Lalit Mohan Joshi has skilfully connected the past with the present. The film explores current issues including terrorism and the tensions that affect Hindu-Muslim relations as well as Indo-Pakistan disputes – a continuing legacy of Partition. A treat for all film lovers and media students, Beyond Partition depicts rare archival footage from India’s Films Division and brings alive the making of landmark films like Nimai Ghosh’s “Chhinnamool”, M.S. Sathyu’s “Garm Hava”, Govind Nihalani’s “Tamas”, and Sabiha Sumar’s “Khamosh Pani”.

Talk and Discussion

After the film, Justice (Retired) Dr. Javid Iqbal will present his views on Partition and the floor will be opened up to questions from the audience.

Date: Saturday, 1st September 2007