Archive for April, 2011

An Exhibition of Works by Babar Moghal

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Opening Date: Saturday, 23rd April 2011 | 6:00 pm

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of paintings by Babar Moghal

Babar Moghal was born in Jacobabad and raised in Karachi. Now a full-time painter, Babar graduated from the Karachi School of Art and holds solo and group shows at local galleries.

“My art used to be inspired by rock music, but as I evolved, I felt restricted by a single subject. I now paint without preconceived ideas and the process is exciting and unpredictable. Anything can happen …”

Babar Moghal

Babar Moghal

Curator’s Note

People often wonder about the role of a curator in a solo show. The relationship between a curator and an artist is that of an observer watching the fascinating growth of a seedling into a fully blossomed plant. I have been watching Babar Moghal’s artwork grow and take shape over the last three years. Since his show at the V.M Gallery, Babar’s work has gone through a journey looking inward for inspiration and looking into his past experiments with different mediums. In a world of commercialism and phony politics, it is heart-warming when one comes across people who stay true to their calling. Bringing his art work to the center stage, for me, is a way of applauding this down-to-earth man who has completely dedicated himself to the act of creation.

Babar Moghal has perfected the creation of surreal art over the years. He does not subscribe to a school of thought, other than painting, nor does he feel the need to showcase the world around him via his canvases. What he does do is take the viewer on a journey into the deepest corners of his mind. He is at peace with the universe and creates as naturally as he breathes. Babar hopes that the viewer will find a common thread from the collective subconscious via his images and feel the same sense of wonder, as he does while creating each piece.

Hawra Harianawala

Opening Date: Saturday, 23rd April, 2011 | 6:00 pm
Closing Date: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm – Daily
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F | Faraar
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Mangal Movies: Cheaters

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Tuesday, 19th April 2011 | 7:30 pm

In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago’s run-down Steinmetz High recruited seven students for an academic decathlon team. They worked long hours, preparing for the February regional event, previously won for ten straight years by a privileged, preppy school. Steinmetz finished just well enough to be invited to the state championship.

CheatersWhen a team member stole a copy of the state test, the teacher and students faced a dilemma: to remain honest, or to cheat and score a victory for students in underfunded schools. When they do well, they must face a withering barrage of investigations, accusations, lawyers’ lies, and reporters’ intrusions. Is it all worth it? What lessons does cheating teach?

Made for HBO, Director John Stockwell’s brilliant drama is based on the true story of eleven students who conspire with their teacher to cheat on an academic competition. The film raises several issues related to testing, grading, competition, motivation, fairness, and privilege. As the film’s tagline states, Cheaters “puts the system to test”.

The film won two of Television’s most coveted awards: the Emmy for Outstanding Writing and the Eddie for Best Edited Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television.

Directed by: John Stockwell
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Jena Malone, Paul Sorvino, Luke Edwards, Blake Heron, Dov Tiefenbach
Running Time: 108 minutes

Date: Tuesday, 19th April, 2011
Time: 7:30 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.


Two Tales of Modikhana: A Film by Gouri Patwardhan

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Saturday, 16th April 2011 | 7:00 pm

Two Tales of Modikhana or Modikhanyachya Don Goshti explores a neighbourhood in Pune through the eyes of two artists.

Sudhir Waghmare faithfully captures the everyday life of his neighborhood, New Modikhana in the city of Pune. The film tries to find echoes of his images in the surroundings of Modikhana. As he speaks of each of his canvases, the houses, the people, and the spaces, he reveals the rich and overlapping layers of the social and political history of Modikhana. The last century was a period of the untouchables’ metamorphosis into ‘Dalits’, of the assertion of Dalit identity, and their politicization under the towering shadow of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. This provides a context to Waghmare’s art and personality.

In contrast, his daughter Kranti’s quest for form brings her face to face with the daily violence of the environment she grew up in. It makes her question the existing and available ways of confronting this violence. Her efforts to expand the horizons of her personal experience, as a student of art in another continent, lead her to a unique way of expression. In her search for form, finding creative ways of collaboration with her community remains her passion.

The contradictions and realities of Modikhana, an area that has seen much transition, are finely captured through the very different and highly individualistic voices of both these artists.

Two Tales of Modikhana

Running Time: 73 minutes

About Gouri Patwardhan

Gouri Patwardhan completed her degree in Fine Arts from Goa College of Art in 1986 and received a diploma in Cinematography from Film and Television Institute of India in 1989. She has mainly made educational films for children and young adults besides working as an editor for documentaries. Since 2003, she has been teaching film at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and at Szabist in Karachi. Two Tales of Modikhana is her latest work and is an independently produced film.

Date: Saturday, 16th April, 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.


An Evening of Folk Music featuring Musadiq Sanwal

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Friday, 15th April 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of powerful, haunting renditions of folk, sufiaana kalaam and bhaktee sangeet.

Musadiq Sanwal

Musadiq Sanwal is a poet, musician, film-maker and journalist. He was born in Multan, spent some years in London, and now lives in Karachi. Since the early eighties, he has been composing and singing songs based on the works of Punjabi and Saraiki Sufis, the poet-musicians of the Indus Valley. Mainly self taught, Musadiq’s singing style is infused with the flavour of the popular raags of rural Sindh and Punjab, for which he is indebted to the Meerasis who have practically vanished from our villages.

Musadiq is the Editor of Dawn.com and is currently working on his second music album.

Date: Friday, 15th April, 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.


Beatlemania: Celebrating the Fab Four

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Sunday, 10th April 2011 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at T2F as we pay tribute to The Beatles, the legendary band that changed music and popular culture forever.

Film Screening

Nowhere Boy -> The untold story of John Lennon and the creation of The Beatles
{Running Time: 99 minutes}

Music Performances

– E Sharp
– Spoonful
– Mohammad Sibtain Fazli
– Mariam Paracha
– Imam Hamdani
– Ahsan Ghulam Hyder
– Danish Jawed
– Sara Haider

Beatlemania

“When I was a Beatle, I thought we were the best group in the goddamn world. Believing that is what made us what we were”.
John Lennon

The Beatles were an English band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. The Fab Four came together in 1962 and The Beatles went on to become the most successful and critically acclaimed pop group of the 20th century; changing music and popular culture forever. At a time when many pop/rock records had very few of the actual band members performing, The Beatles played instruments themselves and sang all the parts. Their music was revolutionary; incorporating synths, telephone-sounding vocals, string and eastern instruments, and most importantly, the idea of each band member playing multiple instruments.

Thumbing their noses at the dictates of the record labels, The Beatles took complete control of their music. They recorded and re-recorded each track until they were satisfied, they chose who to collaborate with, they hand-crafted each layer of sound, they chose what they wanted to tell the world. The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as “Beatlemania”, transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistication. The Beatles were much more than just a great band; they were a musical phenomenon and influenced art, photography, literature, fashion, politics and belief systems. Paul Evans says, “Theirs is the final, great consensus in popular music, not liking them is as perverse as not liking the sun.”

“The thing about The Beatles is that they saved the world from boredom.”
George Harrison

Date: Sunday, 10th March, 2011
Time: 4:00 pm – 9:00 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.