Archive for February, 2010

Jazz and International Relations: A Talk by Dr. Clarence Lusane

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Join us at T2F for a talk and discussion on the intersection of jazz and international relations

Sunday, 28th February 2010 | 4:30 pm

clarencelusane.jpgDr. Clarence Lusane will talk about how jazz has been politically and ideologically appropriated by a wide range of social groups throughout the international community.

Dr. Clarence Lusane is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations in the School of International Service at American University and an expert on Minority Rights. He is also an author, activist, scholar, lecturer, and journalist. For over 30 years, he has written about and been active in national and international human rights, anti-racism politics, globalization, U.S. foreign policy, and social issues such as education, crime, and drug policy. He has lectured and presented papers at a wide range of colleges and universities including Harvard, Georgetown, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Yale, London School of Economics, and University of Paris. Dr. Lusane is currently Co-chair of the Civil Society Committee for the US-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, a bi-lateral agreement involving governments and civil society.

Date: Sunday, 28th February, 2010
Time: 4:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

We Are What You Made Us

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of paintings by Zeerak Ahmed, Shoaib Rizvi and Abdullah Khan

Opening Date: Thursday, 25th Feb 2010 | 6:00 pm

wearewhatyoumadeussmall.jpg“Carving our perspectives, etching the skeleton of our subconscious, we are what you made us. As a triad of aspiring artists, we each examine our experiences within the labyrinth as it shapes our outlook of the world”.

Zeerak Ahmed
Growing up with artists in the family, I’ve always been passionate about the subject. After successful art grades throughout my O-Levels and A-Levels at the Karachi Grammar School, I decided to take it up as my major at Hiram College (USA), where I am pursuing an undergraduate degree in Studio Art and a minor in Music.

Shoaib Rizvi
I grew up in Karachi and studied at Karachi Grammar School. Being born into a family of doctors sparked my early interest in science. However, receiving classical sitar training and voice training from a very young age, resulted in my interest in music, and eventually painting. I graduated from Karachi Grammar School in 2009 having studied both art and the sciences. I will be attending Imperial College in London to read medicine in October 2010.

Abdullah Khan
I am a nineteen year old freshman at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, where I am working towards my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. After completing my O-Levels from Karachi Grammar School, I moved to a boarding school in Switzerland, where I was exposed to a multitude of cultures. Piling up experiences left me curious and wanting to indulge, document and keep creating. My biggest influences are the world I am a part of and the people in it. I love loud music and the wind blowing in my face.

The exhibition will continue until Sunday, 7th March 2010

Opening Date: Thursday, 25th February, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F | Faraar
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In Memory of Asim Butt: A Presentation by Arif Hasan

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Join us at T2F for a presentation and discussion on Karachi’s history, evolution, and civic development

Tuesday, 23rd February 2010 | 6:30 pm

arifhasan.jpg Renowned architect, town planner and writer, Arif Hasan will trace Karachi’s history from the time it was established as a fortified trading settlement in 1729 till today. He will discuss its pre-1729 places of Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages and local folklore; and apart from history, will discuss the City’s post-partition master plans, their successes and failures, and analyse its present civic problems and sociology.

Asim Butt’s graffiti practice engaged the politics of the moment. It evolved from large scale murals executed in the aftermath of America’s Shock and Awe campaign in Iraq to a more hit-and-run style responding to the imposition of Emergency rule by General Pervez Musharraf in November 2007. Most recently, Asim created public art at the site of the Metropole Hotel and started a campaign to preserve parts of it as a heritage site.

In his own words: “The process of creating public art raises awareness about art as a vehicle of social change, creates foment about the social and political themes running through my graffiti, creates alternatives for channeling political will, creates ownership for civic space so often the victim of the Tragedy of the Commons in Pakistan as well as interjects with a unique aesthetic into a commercially dominated visual domain”.

Date: Tuesday, 23rd February, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Reem Khurshid: Long Time Artist Finally Shows Work

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Karachi: 15 February 2010

reemk.jpgReem Khurshid has an avid fan following online and has several cool feathers tucked into her artistic hat, including album art for local band, Mole. Reem Khurshid is very young and very talented. And she paints. That is probably all one needs to say about her – if one sees her work, the statement will make sense enough to stand on its own. But then that would be unfair to someone who has managed to show her work solo while still pursuing an education.

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In Conversation with Aijaz Ahmad

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Join us for an evening with Marxist literary theorist and political commentator, Aijaz Ahmad

Saturday, 20th February 2010 | 6:30 pm

aijaz.jpgProfessor Aijaz Ahmad has taught at universities in the US, India and Canada. In New Delhi, where he resides, he has been a Professorial Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. He has also held the Rajiv Gandhi Chair at Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy and the Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Chair at Jamia Millia Islamiya University. Currently, he is on the editorial board of the Delhi-based publishing house, LeftWord, and Senior Editorial Consultant for news magazine Frontline, where his political essays appear frequently. He writes in English, Hindi and Urdu. Some of his books in English are Ghazals of Ghalib, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures, Lineages of the Present, Globalization and Culture: Offensives of the Far Right, and Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Imperialism of our Time. His work-in-progress is provisionally entitled In Our Time: Empire, Politics, Culture.

The discussion will be moderated by:

  • Syed Jaffar Ahmed – Professor of Politics & History at Karachi University
  • Asif Farrukhi – Writer and Critic
  • Nadeem Khalid – Activist

Date: Saturday, 20th February, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Science Ka Adda: Hacking the Planet

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Join us at T2F for a talk and discussion featuring Mason Inman on radical ideas to cool our planet

Wednesday, 17th February 2010 | 6:30 pm

Artificial volcanoes? Ships creating clouds over the oceans? Forests covering the Sahara Desert? These sound like crazy ideas, but they are actual proposals from top scientists for cooling Earth – approaches known as geoengineering.


The planet’s temperature keeps rising, driven by humanity’s increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. But the world isn’t making much progress on tackling the root problem – emissions from power plants, cars, buildings, and more. So scientists are increasingly talking about radical ideas of how to cool the planet, by blocking some of the sunlight hitting Earth’s surface, or through planet-scale projects to suck up greenhouse gases and lock them away.

But some of these approaches could have serious side-effects, such as disrupting the monsoons that more than a billion people in Asia and Africa depend on. Hacking the planet like this is a risky way of dealing with global warming. Do we understand the planet well enough to tinker with it like this? Who decides where to set Earth’s thermostat? And how do we regulate these technologies?

About Mason Inman

Mason Inman is an American journalist, currently based in Karachi, who covers science and the environment for National Geographic News, New Scientist, Science, Nature, and other publications. He also blogs at Failing Gracefully.

Date: Wednesday, 17th February, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

A Celebration of Post Colonial Fiction

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Join us at T2F for a rare evening of readings and conversation with four Pakistani writers and the judges of the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – ahead of the shortlist announcement on February 18 2010

cwp.jpgSunday, 14th February 2010 | 6:00 pm

Mohammed Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes, will introduce the authors after which H.M. Naqvi, Kamila Shamsie, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, and Nafisa Rizvi will read from their works. The readings will be followed by a discussion led by the regional judges of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2010; Muneeza Shamsie (Regional Chairperson), Dr. Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, and Dr. Stephanos Stephanides.

Dr. Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University, UK. He was born in Kolkata, India, and has worked, studied and taught in India and England. He is the author of ‘Crime and Empire’ (OUP, 2003) and ‘Postcolonial Environments’ (Palgrave, 2010), and a wide range of scholarly articles and edited collections.

Dr. Stephanos Stephanides is an academic, poet, critic, translator and documentary film maker. He was born in Cyprus but since he was a child, he has lived in several countries. He returned to his native island in 1992 where he is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cyprus. He is on the editorial board of a number of academic publications and is the author of several books.

Muneeza Shamsie is a Pakistani writer, critic, bibliographer and editor of ‘And the World Changed – Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women’. The Feminist Press edition in the USA won the Foreword Bronze Award and the IPPY Gold Award for the best anthology by an independent publisher. She contributes regularly to the Pakistani press and international scholarly publications.

H.M. Naqvi has worked in finance and taught creative writing at Boston University. His debut novel, ‘Home Boy’, has been published by HarperCollins. Presently he resides in Karachi.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of 5 novels, most recently ‘Burnt Shadows’ which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and is being translated into 21 languages. She was born and grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London.

Mohammed Hanif’s first novel ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ won the Commonwealth Prize for first novel, the inaugural Shalkti Bhatt prize and the Corine Award in Germany. It was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and James Tait Black Memorial Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker. Hanif works for the BBC and is working on his second novel.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of ‘The Story of a Widow’ which was longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. He has translated the Urdu classics ‘The Adventures of Amir Hamza’, ‘Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism’, and the forthcoming poetry collection of Afzal Ahmed Syed. He is currently the Urdu Publisher at Oxford University Press.

Nafisa Rizvi started her career in advertising. It took her over a decade and a diploma in advertising to figure out that she was in the wrong profession. She then took to teaching and is presently assisting A level students with art theory courses. Nafisa recently published her first novel, ‘The Blue Room’. 

This event is sponsored by Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2010 which is organized by the Commonwealth Foundation with the support of the Macquarie Group Foundation.

Date: Sunday, 14th February, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

In Gratitude

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Thank you all so very much for your donations, services, articles, blog posts, and for your time and ideas. Your contributions, however big or small, mean the world to us, and will go a long way towards building a more sustainable organization, supported by the community.

Financial Contributions

These donations, received from individuals, have been used to fund the T2F: Renaissance music fundraisers held on 28th March 2009 and 17 April 2009. In the absence of corporate patronage, we are grateful to the citizens of Karachi and to Pakistanis abroad who have been very generous and have supported our efforts. The funds were used to pay for the venue, sound, lights, decoration, generator rental, diesel, accompanying musicians, transport, and food and beverages for the musicians.

Donations have continued to trickle in and have been used for the down-payment of a generator, T2F 2.0 construction, and debt-repayment.

Batool Habib (Karachi)
Mariam Durrani (Lahore)
Niilofur Farrukh (Karachi)
Shazia Mohamed (Karachi)
Aassia Haq (USA)
Asif Alam (USA)
Riaz Kamlani (Karachi)
Geo Music (Karachi)
Shamoun Idrees (USA)
Farid Dossani (USA)
Zakir Mahmood (Karachi)
Tee-M: Contributions ales of Earthiotic CDs
Ali Kazim Gardezi (UAE)
Sohail Haider (Canada)
Sahar Shafqat and Sapna Pandya (USA)
Nosheen Ali and Jahanzeb Sherwani (USA)
BTW, Jahanzeb is the magician behind Jaadu VNC, the awesomest iPhone app EVER
Adil Najam / (USA): $500
Zeenat Ziad (USA)
Bilal Tanweer (USA)
Beena Sarwar (Karachi)
Umair Tariq (Karachi)
Fawad Zakariya (USA)
Jehan Ara (Karachi)
Ameen Bhanji (Karachi)
Mahenaz Mahmud (Karachi)
Amean J (Karachi)
Ali Kazim Gardezi (UAE)
Zainab Akhtar Malik (UAE)
Zakir Thaver (Karachi)
Faiz and Shaheen Somji (USA)
Farida Somji (USA)
Seema Somji (USA)
Saif Abdullah (Karachi)

Writers and Bloggers

Bina Shah
Adil Najam
Arsalaan Haleem
Batool Habib
Jamal Ashiqain
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Arshad Faruqi
Awab Alvi aka Teeth Maestro
Assad Ullah
Zubair Ahmed
Super Technologies


Zakir Thaver
Hawra Harianawala
Shahjehan Chaudhry
Jamal Ashiqain
Omar Bilal Akhtar
Designers’ Collective
Batool Habib
Sohail Abdullah
Farrukh Ahmed
Adil Moosajee