Archive for February, 2011

Urraan Se Pehley

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Saturday, 5th March 2011 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm & 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Urraan Se PehlayUrraan Se Pehley is a theatrical performance to create awareness about the discrimination and abuse of women through dance. The performance incorporates classical and contemporary dance styles along with live music and narrations.

Urraan Se Pehlay, based on poetry by Attiya Dawood, explores the different facets of a woman in the myriad roles she plays.

The Team

Artiste: Suhaee Abro
Narrator: Aimen Tariq
Instrumentalists: Aziz Qazi, Sohaib Lari, Ali Haider, Gul Mohammad, Ahsan Bari
Vocalists: Sara Haider, Ahsan Bari

Producer and Art Director: Sara Nisar
Music Director: Ahsan Bari

Lights/Sound: Umair Afzal
Photography: Jamal Ashiqain

Urraanteam

Date: Saturday, 5th March, 2011
Times: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 400 per show | Students: Rs. 250 per show
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


First Fridays @ T2F

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

4th March, 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of every month for impromptu, acoustic jam sessions.

FF@T2F is a platform for emerging musicians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting. If you love to make music, come and play. If you love listening to music, come and listen.

You don’t need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, your instruments, and your ears.

First Fridays

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Date: Friday, 4th March 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: V for Vendetta

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Tuesday, 1st March 2011 | 7:30 pm

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

V for VendettaSet against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as “V.”

Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

Directed by: James McTeigue
Screenplay by: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt
Release Date: 23rd October 2009
Running Time: 127 minutes

Date: Tuesday, 1st March, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 50
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Chitarkari and Banyans – The Pursuit of Identity

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Sunday, 27th Feb 2011 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening with Fauzia Minallah as she takes us on a visual journey through Pakistan’s multi-cultural heritage.

Fauzia MinallahFauzia Aziz Minallah is an Islamabad based artist and an advocate for the conservation of our diverse cultural heritage. Her new book, Chitarkari and Banyans – The Pursuit of Identity, is a timely reminder of those aspects of Pakistan’s past that deserve fuller recognition.  

The most negative outcome of the process of Islamisation that began in the 1980s is the nation’s collective loss of its sense of ‘identity’. This is especially true in the case of children deprived of an understanding of, and therefore respect for, their millenia-rich pre-Islamic heritage. The quest for identity assumes importance today because Pakistanis have suffered decades of mishandled attempts to manipulate their identity in the name of ideology. Identity, which takes thousands of years of civilizational progress to evolve, is being reduced to ‘social engineering’, using the tools of ideology and patriotism.

Chitarkari and Banyans – The Pursuit of Identity looks at the sources of the writer’s creative identity and explains how each has profoundly influenced her work. However, the survival of the rich folk heritage which has inspired much of Fauzia’s work is now under serious threat. Partly responsible is the indifference of a philistine elite. Also responsible is the reactionary religious right that seeks to destroy or distort the legacy of Sufi saints and their message of tolerance for other faiths. The outcome is that the new generation of Pakistanis is deprived of its rich and varied past.  

Fauzia Minallah sees cultural legacy as the work both of man and of nature. Each banyan tree is as much a part of the nation’s heritage as each artifact and building. The totality comprises the birthright of the generations to come and must therefore be cherished and preserved. The overall message is clear: in an increasingly commercialized world, the treasures of the past are there for all to enjoy, but only if a determined effort is made to treat them with the respect they deserve.

Paintings and sculptures from the series “Buddha Still Lives in Pakistan” will be on display, and Zubeida Mustafa, Niilofur Farrukh, and Rumana Hussain will join Fauzia Minallah for a discussion on Pakistan’s cultural legacy.

Buddha Still Lives in Pakistan

Date: Sunday, 27th February, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Genes and the Blasphemy Meme: A Talk by Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Thursday, 17th Feb 2011 | 7:00 pm

In this talk, Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy will apply Richard Dawkin’s marvelous insight, first articulated in “The Selfish Gene”, towards understanding how belief systems propagate themselves, and to analyzing the growth of religious extremism. The recent blasphemy controversy will be examined in the light of genes and memes.

Pervez HoodbhoyDr. Pervez Hoodbhoy has been a faculty member at the Quaid-e-Azam University since 1973. In 1984 he received the Abdus Salam Prize for mathematics and is the author of 65 scientific research papers. He is chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought.

Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two series aimed at popularizing science. He is author of ‘Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality’, now in 5 languages. In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for popularizing science in Pakistan with TV serials and his film ’The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth’ won honorable mention at the Paris Film Festival.

Date: Thursday, 17th 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.


Plato’s Symposium and the Philosophy of Love

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Tuesday, 15th Feb 2011 | 7:00 pm

“The only thing I say I know,” Socrates tells us in the Symposium, “is the art of love”.

What is love? How do you know when you’re in love? Why do some people find it so hard to fall in love while others fall in love over and over again? Is there really such a thing as love or is love just a made-up idea?

ShajiaMost people cannot imagine a life without love. Some of us love the people we’ve known all our lives and others fall in love with complete strangers. Besides romantic love, there are other types of love we come across; love for our family, love for friends, love for different virtues and perhaps even love for the more trivial things in life … like ice-cream.

In this Philosophy 101 session, Shajia Sarfraz Haroon will walk us through what is perhaps the most widely read philosophical text on the subject of Love – Plato’s Symposium. Drop by for an evening of discussion, quirky humor, interesting anecdotes and heated debates. We would love to have you join us.

Date: Tuesday, 15th 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.


Celebrating Faiz

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Sunday, 13th Feb 2011 | 6:00 pm

FaizIn a country where one authoritarian government has made way for another since its independence in 1947, Faiz Ahmed Faiz became a symbol of resistance and dissidence. His poetry, as much as his life, came to represent the longing of the people for the freedom which had come their way so briefly.

To the forces of the left and to those who sought to build a just and exploitation-free society, Faiz became a source of great ideological power. His voice always rang high and clear, and during the grave-like silence of martial law rule, his words remained a beacon of light that could not be extinguished.

2011 marks Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s 100th birthday. Join us at T2F for an evening of celebration through film, music, dance, and readings of Faiz Sahab’s works.

Faiz: Poet in Troubled Times
A documentary by Faris Kermani, about the life and work of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, whose career up to his death in 1984 spanned the years of the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. This film tells the story of Pakistan’s people through the poetry and experience of a revered radical poet.

Tüm Yeh Yeh Kehtay Ho
A short film by Ali Kapadia, based on the poem, “Tum yeh kehtay ho ab koee chaarah naheeñ”

Aaj Baazaar Mayñ Paa Bajaulaañ Chalo
A Performance by Suhaee Abro (dance), Sara Haider (vocals), and Danish Jawed (guitar)

Bol
A Performance by Hareem Sumbul (vocals) and Omar Farooq (guitar)

Tum Aaye Ho Na Shub-e-Intezaar Guzri Hae
Readings by Zahra Sabri

Faiz Centenary

Date: Sunday, 13th February, 2011
Time: 6:00 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.


Science Ka Adda: Celebrating Darwin

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Saturday, 12th Feb 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F to celebrate science, reason, and Darwin’s birthday.

Charles Darwin was a British scientist who laid the foundations of the theory of evolution and transformed the way we think about the natural world.

The Genius of DarwinIn The Genius of Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins presents the ultimate guide to Darwin and his revolutionary theory of evolution by natural selection which Dawkins considers the most important idea ever to occur to a human mind. In this powerful three-part polemical series, Dawkins explains who Charles Darwin was, how he developed his theory, what it is, and why it matters. He reveals how Darwin changed forever the way we see ourselves, the world and our place in it, and hopes to convince us that “evolution is a fact, backed by undeniable evidence”.

Screening: The Genius of Charles Darwin – Presented by Richard Dawkins

Part 1: Life, Darwin & Everything
Dawkins explains the basic mechanisms of natural selection, and tells the story of how Charles Darwin developed his theory.

Part 2: The Fifth Ape
Dawkins deals with some of the philosophical and social ramifications of the theory of evolution.[4]

Part 3: God Strikes Back
Dawkins explains why Darwin’s theory is one of history’s most controversial ideas.

Running Time: 138 minutes

Date: Saturday, 12th 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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Mangal Movies: The Yes Men Fix The World

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 7:00 pm

The Yes MenAndy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who just can’t take “no” for an answer.

They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways – basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.

On their journey, the Yes Men act as gonzo journalists, delving deep into the question of why we have given the market more power than any other institution to determine our direction as a society. They visit the twisted (and accidentally hilarious) underworld of the free-market think tanks, where they figure out a way to defeat the logic that’s destroying our planet. And as they appear on the BBC before 300 million viewers, or before 1000 New Orleans contractors alongside Mayor Ray Nagin, the layers of lies are peeled back to reveal the raw heart of truth – a truth that brings with it hope.

“Great fun! It takes some nerve, not to mention diabolical intelligence … to pull off the elaborate pranks devised by the Yes Men.”
New York Times

Written, Directed and Produced by: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr
Release Date: 23rd October 2009
Running Time: 96 minutes

Date: Tuesday, 8th February, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 50
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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“Khooné Tamanna Darya Darya”

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of works by Salman Hassan
Opening Date: Monday, 7 February 2011 | 6:00 pm

My current series of work has been inspired by two of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s famous poems, “Subhé Aazaadi” and “Lahoo Ka Süraagh”. These poems have left a deep impression on my work. The poetic expressions used by Faiz Sahab have great similarity to the current situation of our society and the struggle to survive in these times. When I think of the words, feelings and expressions, the meaning of the poem in its entirety translates into my work.

Perhaps the viewers will look at my work with some other perspective, but that will be their personal experience. Perhaps the artist and the viewer come to a point of unification at some place … perhaps not. I leave this decision to you.

Khooné Tamanna Darya Darya

Beloved of the masses and the elite alike, Faiz Ahmed Faiz is surely the most widely read poet of our times. Salman Hassan has been inspired by this marvellous poet but in his unique way. Transforming words into pigments, he brings out the hidden colours of the poem, opening up and celebrating the beautiful images in a way which makes you wonder if the painting was commenting upon the poem or was the poem illustrating the lines.

~ Asif Farrukhi ~

Faiz Centenary


Opening Date: Monday, 7th February, 2011 | 6:00 pm
Closing Date: Saturday, 19th February, 2011
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm – Daily
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F | Faraar
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