Archive for June, 2010

Ajoka Returns to Karachi with Burqavaganza and Dara

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Meet the Directors and Cast of Ajoka at T2F
Thursday, 1st July 2010 | 6:30 pm

#alttext#Ajoka has been part of the struggle for a secular, democratic, just, humane and egalitarian Pakistan for the last 25 years. Few cultural institutions have been able to survive, let alone thrive, in the climate of hostility and apathy towards performing arts that has existed in Pakistan. Ajoka is an exception. Set up by a small group of cultural activists in 1983, during General Zia-ul-Haq’s repressive regime, Ajoka has struggled with determination against very heavy odds. It has dealt with bold subjects, experimented with technique and blended contemporary reality with traditional form. Today, Ajoka is an internationally respected name in the world of theatre and its contribution to the promotion of art and culture, and the struggle for social justice and peace in Pakistan is well regarded.

Join us at T2F on Thursday, 1st July 2010 for an evening of conversation with the Directors and Cast of Ajoka, Lahore’s revolutionary theatre group.

2nd July 2010 | 8:00 pm | Karachi Arts Council

#alttext#Burqavaganza is a story of love in the time of jihad. It is the story of young lovers who are determined to defy the hypocritical values of an ultra conservative society. Like all lovers, the play’s protagonists want to spend time together only to be interrupted and harassed by society’s moral police and the stick-wielding burqa brigade. Their love blooms with the support of popular film songs and under various forms of burqas, while the word outside is falling apart because of the war on terror and a search for Burqa bin Batin. It is a world where lovers are persecuted and terrorists worshipped, where new technology is used to promote outdated and retrogressive ideas.

Karachi Premiere of Dara
3rd, 4th, 5th July 2010 | 8:00 pm | Karachi Arts Council

#alttext#Ajoka’s latest production, “Dara” tells the dramatic and moving story of Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Emperor Shahjahan, who was imprisoned and executed by his younger brother Aurangzeb. Dara was not only a crown prince but also a poet, a painter and a Sufi.  He wanted to build on the vision of Akbar the Great and bring the ruling Muslim elite closer to the local religions. His search for the truth and shared teachings of all major religions is reflected in his scholarly works such as Sakeena-tul-Aulia, Safina-tul-Aulia and Majma-ul-Bahrain. The play also explores the existential conflict between Dara the crown prince, and Dara the Sufi and the poet.

During the period of Dara, the Mughal Empire was at its military and cultural zenith. Aurangzeb was a warrior par excellence and a Machiavellian ruler. His sister Jahan Ara was a noted intellectual and mystic. Dara’s spiritual mentor Sarmad, the naked Sufi, was an outstanding Persian poet. Mian Mir and Guru Har Rai also lived in the era and had blessed Dara’s quest for truth and redemption.
The violent and devastating struggle between Dara and Aurangzeb, the decisive role played by their sisters Jahan Ara and Roshan Ara,  the spiritual challenge posed by the naked sufi Sarmad to the authority of the muftis and qazis of the Empire, and the growing discontent among the masses are elements which make “Dara” a gripping and powerful play.

Tickets for the plays are Rs. 500 each and are available at T2F and at Nandos (Boat Basin & SMCHS)

“The Fashion Show” + Music by Mame-Saab

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Join us at Faraar for an Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures by Scherherezade Junejo

Opening Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2010 | 6:00 pm

“The Fashion Show” is an extension of Scherherezade Junejo’s thesis show “The Infection”. Influenced by dance and theatre, her understanding of the human body and its movement has evolved into a deeper and darker take on the meaning behind each posture, the intent of each muscle movement, and the importance of light and space in interacting with the body. “The Fashion Show” is a satire; Scherherezade’s opinion of the truth behind the glamour of a material world which we blindly and religiously follow. Trends are worn as skin and celebrities are bought in bits and pieces only to be discarded for the next big thing. The result is a deeply uncomfortable realisation of the loss of one’s own identity and sense of self.


Music Performance by Mame-Saab

Mame-Saab features Danial Hyatt and Abdullah Tariq (from the band Mole) handling instrumentation via a laptop and midi keyboards, and Zeerak Ahmed on vocals. The triad is a project of Karachi Detour, a forum for aspiring, experimental musical and visual artists in Karachi.

About Scherherezade Junejo

Born and bred in Karachi, Scherherezade is obsessed with all forms and facets of art. Deeply influenced by her family’s involvement with classical music, she learnt to sing and dance at a young age. Her passion for dance and painting culminated when she began attending the prestigious National College of Arts in 2006. The four most important years of her life were spent training in all aspects of traditional and contemporary art, taught by artists and critics such as Bashir Ahmed, Quddus Mirza, Mariam Hussain, R.M. Naeem, Mohd. Ali Talpur, Laila Rahman and Amna Ilyas. NCA provided Scherherezade with a legitimate platform to immerse herself in dance and theatre and she spent four years delivering stage performances across Pakistan. She was able to amalgamate her experience with art as a whole, in her thesis show “The Infection” in January 2010, which was borne as a result of her love affair with painting, sculpture, dance, mime and theatre. She graduated from NCA with Honours in 2010.

Opening Date and Time: Tuesday, 22nd June, 2010 | 6:00 pm
Closing Date: Monday, 5th July, 2010
Gallery Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm – Daily
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F | Faraar
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Back to Our Beginnings

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Join Us at T2F for a Contemporary Dance and Piano Performance
4 Performances on Saturday 19th June and Sunday 20th June 2010

“Back to Our Beginnings” follows the journey of two lovers who are united by undeniable chemistry in their first meeting, only to go their separate ways to discover who they are as individuals. After traversing the world on their own, they reunite in hopes of rekindling the spark they had turned their backs on many years ago in pursuit of worldly illusions.



Danish Jawed, an upcoming musician, has composed and directed “Back to Our Beginnings”, and will play the piano live as the soundtrack to the dance performance. He is musically influenced by the likes of Philip Glass, Yann Tiersen and Ludovico Einaudi. Danish is also an aspiring film maker and will be making his directorial debut at Kara Film Festival this year.

Rajab Ali Sayed is a fine artist and theater enthusiast studying at National College of Arts in Lahore. His dance credits include “Allah Hu”, a contemporary dance performance shot for PTV and the nationwide Coca Cola Flash Mob campaign. Rajab specializes in jazz and western contemporary dance.

Suhaee Abro is an aspiring dancer who has trained with Sheema Kermani in classical dancing, specializing in Bharatanatyam. She was recently featured in Peace Dreams, an eastern contemporary dance performance. Suhaee has performed in Nepal and India as well as at the recent World Performing Arts Festival in Lahore.

“Back to Our Beginnings” brings three young performing artists together for a live music and dance routine that promises to be the first of its kind to be featured exclusively at T2F. Danish Jawed’s debut album, “Remember Your Humanity” will also be launched this weekend, so please show up and support emerging talent.

Dates: Saturday 19th June, 2010 and Sunday 20th June, 2010
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 200 per performance
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Suhaee Abro and Danish Jawed Photo Credits: Jamal Ashiqain

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

An Evening of Prose and Conversation with Iqbal Diwan

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Friday, 11th June 2010 | 6:30 pm

#alttext#Iqbal Diwan, a senior government official, has a sensation in the making with his just published first book, “Jisay Raat Lay Uri Hava”. A loosely structured memoir, freely mixed with a loose sally of his imagination, Iqbal’s book takes an irreverant and not-so-discreet look at interesting people and happenings, spilling the beans and making interesting revelations.

Join us at T2F this Friday, for an eventful evening of readings and conversation with
Iqbal Diwan.

Date: Friday, 11th June, 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.