Archive for January, 2011

How We Got Here: Towards recognizing an alternate historical narrative from 1857 to 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Thursday, 3rd Feb 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk and conversation with Ajmal Kamal

Ajmal KamalTo make sense of what is happening around us today, we should be able to look at our trajectory over the last 150 years – a period which has made us what we are. There are variables in our social history that have not received the attention that they deserve. Among these is ‘Caste’ or ‘Biradri’, an element of social organization which has arguably played a crucial role in our attempt at nation-building. This, coupled with the process of colonial transformation and its attendant agents of change, seem to have determined what we have become during this period.

This talk is meant to provoke a discussion on whether this alternate historical narrative can be usefully taken as a valid point of view to look at our present and future problems.

Ajmal Kamal edits a quarterly Urdu literary journal “aaj” from Karachi and runs a small publishing house and bookshops.

Date: Thursday, 3rd February, 2011
Time: 7:00 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.

Laatoo: The State of Classical Dance in Pakistan

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Saturday, 29th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of Laatoo and a discussion with Director, Faizaan Peerzada

Laatoo, a 90-minute documentary, directed by Faizaan Peerzada and Alix Phillippon, explores the state of classical dance in Pakistan. It unfolds the trials and tribulations in the lives of professional dancers such as Naheed Siddiqi, Sheema Kermani, Tehreema Mitha, Indu Mitha and Fasi-ur-Rehman.

Laatoo attempts to unveil the hypocrisy of our society, in which so many forms of dance prevail, but the classical dance form, the most exquisite and inspiring has failed to receive official patronage on the pretext of religious norms. On the other hand, as we see in the documentary, the Sufi tradition uses dance as a tool for union with the Creator. The documentary tries to show what dance really is, a celebration of life, not the vulgarization of it. Laatoo chronicles the diversity of dance practiced in Pakistan, with images from the classical techniques of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Orissy as well as mujras, fashion shows and dance parties; contrasting the spiritual with the vulgar.


Laatoo highlights the controversy, which inevitably comes into play, every time there is a formal presentation of dance. Dance, a refined yet very simple form of human expression, has been placed in the religious and socio-political context. The dialogue between the dancers and several speakers evolves a true understanding of the problems of the state, the conditions faced by dancers through different political tenures and the religious perspective on dance. Though Laatoo paints a bleak picture of dance in Pakistan, the fact that dance has happened and is happening through the resilient spirit of a handful of dancers, is proof enough that it is here to stay.

Date: Saturday, 29th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 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.

Alf Laila Wa Laila: A Storytelling Session with Musharraf Ali Farooqi (Part 2)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Friday 28th Jan 2011 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of storytelling featuring the critically acclaimed writer and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Musharraf Ali FarooqiAlf Laila Wa Laila, also known as One Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, is a collection of South Asian and Middle Eastern stories with a thousand year old history. These popular tales were told in public places for entertainment and we are reviving this tradition with storytelling sessions by author and translator Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of the novel The Story of a Widow shortlisted for the 2011 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. His children’s fiction includes the picture book The Cobbler’s Holiday Or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes, and a forthcoming collection The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, The Adventures of Amir Hamza, and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba. A selection from his translations of contemporary Urdu poet Afzal Ahmed Syed Rococo and Other Worlds was recently published by the Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series.

Visit Musharraf’s website at

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not bring children to this event as some stories contain adult content.

Date: Friday 28th January, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Philosophy 101: What Is a Good Argument?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Thursday, 27th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a tutorial by Shajia Sarfaraz Haroon on the nature of argument in philosophy

Shajia HaroonAsk yourself this question: “What is an argument?” You might respond with an answer similar to this: “It is a disagreement between two or more points of views”. Generally speaking, you might be right, but in the discourse of philosophy, you’d be sort of wrong. For a philosopher, an argument is a series of sentences that logically lead to a certain conclusion.

All philosophers ever do is argue. Not only do they argue with each other, they argue with themselves, with people they haven’t met, and with people they might meet in the future. The Philosophy 101 Series will be all about arguing. To discover how our philosophical arguments will be different from everyday verbal spats, join us for a tutorial on what makes for a good argument.

Shajia Sarfraz Haroon will discuss the basics of arguing in a philosophical discourse. Her talk will provide an introduction to elementary logic, concepts of validity and soundness, and a brief on how fallacies seem convincing, but really aren’t.

Shajia is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto with a double major in Philosophy and Human Biology.

Date: Thursday, 27th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 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.

6 Short Films and Conversation with Ali Kapadia

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Wednesday, 26th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Ali Kapadia is a San Francisco based Pakistani filmmaker who made his filmmaking debut in 2005 with a lego stop-motion animated music video named Maujo Mein. Ali has since worked on several short film projects and loves working in experimental mediums.

Join us at T2F for screenings of 6 short films by Ali Kapadia

Ali Kapadia FilmsMaujo Mein – Music Video
A covert agent sneaks into a robot factory, with a mission to shut it down.

Ranked at Number 6 on the Top 100 countdown of the best Pakistani music videos ever made – Indus Music 2005

Tim Juniverse
Tim discovers he will die in 1 hour unless he finds a pair of ancient long lost magical socks, which ironically were once discovered by his own deceased archaeologist father. To make matters worse, Tim is intercepted by a dangerous alien being, demanding the socks!

Judges Award, Members Award, Audience Award and Best Editing Award at the Scary Cow Independent Film Festival – 2010

What Pakistan Needs Now
Ideas from a little girl about what Pakistan needs now.

Winner of the TEDxKarachi 2010 Film Competition

An untitled work-in-progress film
A sneak peek at a work-in-progress film containing a compilation of interviews from Pakistanis.

Tum Yeh Kehtay Ho
A short film based on the poem, “Tum yeh kehtay ho ab koee char naheen’ by revered Pakistani poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The poem refers to the state of mind in a time of struggle, which also reflects the current times of turmoil faced by the people of Pakistan.

Official Selection at South Asian International Film Festival 2008

Voices From Pakistan
A short documentary gathering perspectives from a group of 5 Pakistanis on international issues that create unrest within their society, especially the recent Facebook related blasphemy incident that resulted in Pakistani authorities blocking major websites.

Judges Award at the Scary Cow Independent Film Festival – 2010

Stay in touch with Ali Kapadia at

Date: Wednesday, 26th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 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.

Mangal Movies: Pirates of Silicon Valley

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 7:30 pm

pirates.jpgThe revolution came when we weren’t looking. It happened in a garage. In a dorm room. In countless hours of effort, imagining and intrigue. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates were changing the way the world works, lives and communicates. The event-packed saga of the quirky visionaries who jump-started the future unfolds with exhilarating style in Pirates of Silicon Valley.

Noah Wyle portrays Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall portrays Gates in this chronicle of the fierce and often humorous battle to rule the fledgling personal computer empire.

“The story is almost Shakespearean … it’s a tale of lust, greed, ambition, love and hate,” writer/director Martyn Burke reflects. And it’s a success story unlike any other.

Directed by: Martyn Burke
Produced by: Leanne Moore
Written by: Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine, Martyn Burke
Release Date: June 20, 1999
Running Time: 95 minutes

Date: Tuesday, 18th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 50
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Remembering Asim Butt (1978-2010)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Saturday, 15th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Asim ButtAsim Butt was an artist, activist, and friend who enriched our lives with his talent, wit, and irrepressible spirit. Asim left us a year ago but he remains larger-than-life; on his Facebook page, on the streets of Karachi, and in our hearts.

In 2009, Asim went on a graffiti trip through Pakistan. On the first anniversary of his passing, join us for a rough cut screening of the film that tells the story of Asim’s 1200 mile journey from Karachi to Islamabad.

“I paint to create what it is I want to see, to fill an absence in the world”.

This event is part of T2F’s “KHI – Celebrating the City” series

Date: Saturday, 15th January, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

“Be there in 2 minutes” — Images of Karachi by Ali Rez

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Exhibition Opening: Friday 14th Jan 2011 | 7:00 pm

Ali has been procrastinating on moving back to Karachi for a decade, finally doing so late last year. Here is a collection of 20 images he has captured through his numerous visits home to his favourite city over the last few years. Like Karachi, these images are at times colorful, at times bleak; sometimes beautiful, other times ugly. An advertising professional, Ali has had his photography recognized in several publications.

Be There in 2 Minutes

This photography exhibition is part of T2F’s “KHI – Celebrating the City” series

Dates: 14th January – 20th January and 24th January – 31st January
Opening Day Time: 7:00 pm
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm daily
Venue: Faraar @ T2F 2.0
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Magazine Writing Workshop by Anam Mansuri

Monday, January 10th, 2011
  • This course is designed to refine an aspiring journalist’s writing skills according to a globally accepted standard of journalistic writing.
  • Students will be familiarized with different kinds of themes (beats), including fashion, culture, and sports, and will be encouraged to pick their own genre.
  • Students will suggest story ideas which are fresh and current, and then will begin a two month long course on how to shape the article they choose to write – complete with story notes and observations.
  • Students will be taught how to report, research and self-edit their stories, while being guided on how to interview subjects, use quotes correctly and make their story flow.
  • Classes will include guest appearances from celebrities, journalists and artists, and subsequent short profiles will be written and edited in class.
  • In the last class, we will discuss how to pitch a story to renowned publications worldwide, and contacts will be handed out.

About Anam Mansuri

Karachi born writer and editor, Anam Mansuri received an undergraduate degree in Journalism and History from New York University, where her senior thesis was selected as one of the best pieces of journalism produced at NYU that year. She also interned at Details Magazine, a sister publication of GQ and wrote for Black Book Magazine; two premier American lifestyle publications. Anam now resides in Karachi and worked as the editor-in-chief of Women’s Own Magazine. She also writes for Newsweek Pakistan, The Express Tribune and the international news portal, The Daily Beast.

Important Notes

– Classes start on 1st February 2011
– Detailed Information: Anam Mansuri | 0305-238-9011
– Registration: |

Anam Mansuri

Tabla Classes with Ustad Khurshid Hussain and Yousuf Kerai

Monday, January 10th, 2011

One of the few doyens of tabla that remain in Pakistan today, Ustad Khurshid Hussain hails from a family of musicians. His father, Mehboob Hussain, was a sarangi player and entrusted his friend, the great Ustad Habib Khan (also known as Baba Bibia Khan) to teach his son the art of tabla playing. Khurshid Saheb has been an employee of Radio Pakistan and has performed live with some of the greatest musicians that Pakistan has witnessed including Ustad Kabir Khan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Ghulab Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Iqbal Bano, and Farida Khanum. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.


Yousuf Kerai was introduced to Indian classical music at the age of eight and learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. His interest in the tabla grew into an obsession, and when he was sixteen, he was accepted as a student of the tabla maestro, Ustad Khurshid Hussain of Karachi. Yousuf graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2005 followed by a Masters degree in teaching mathematics in 2006. He is now Khurshid Saheb’s senior disciple and will accompany him in conducting tabla classes at T2F.

– Classes will be held on Fridays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
– Duration: 3 months / 12 classes
– Start Date: 14th January 2011
– Cost: Rs. 4,000 per month (payable in advance)
– Contact Chand Singhara on 0312-298-1248 to enroll

Students are welcome to bring their own set of tablas to the classes. If you would like T2F to arrange a set for you, please make an additional advance payment of Rs. 6,000 and we will get you a brand new, student quality, tabla set.