Archive for September, 2011

Rekhte ke Ustaad: Mirza Muhammad Rafi’ Sauda

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Rekhte ke Ustaad: SaudaSunday, 2nd October 2011 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Rekhte ke Ustaad” is a bilingual study circle for enthusiasts to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Urdu poetry. Each session is devoted to reading, translating and discussing examples from the poetry of a great master.

Mirza Muhammad Rafi’ Sauda (1713-1781), was an Urdu poet of extraordinary skill and a contemporary of major poets like Mir Taqi Mir and Mir Dard. His fame as a ghazal poet is somewhat eclipsed today by his reputation as Urdu’s greatest qasida poet and a master of satirical verse.


Rekhte ke Ustaad

reḳhte ke tumhīñ ustād nahīñ ho ġhālib
kahte haéñ agle zamāne meñ koʾī mīr bhī thā

you, Ghalib, are not the sole master of Rekhtah
they say that in former times, there was also a fellow called Mir

Rekhtah – meaning ‘poured’ or ‘mixed’ – is an older name for the Urdu language, and particularly its Perso-Arabic-infused poetry.


Facilitator

Zahra Sabri is a researcher and literary translator. She gained her Master’s degree in 2010 at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, from Columbia University, and her Bachelor’s degree in 2008 from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Her research focuses on the politics of identity centred around Urdu in South Asia and the influence of the Persianate on Indo-Muslim languages and cultures.

Date: Sunday, 2nd October, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs.50 [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.


PeaceNiche Presents Yousuf Kerai’s “Tarz”

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Friday, 30th September & Saturday, 1st October 2011 | 8:30 pm at PACC

Join us at the PACC Auditorium for a musical collage featuring the country’s finest musicians. “Tarz” is a unique initiative that will bring together 10 eastern classical musicians, including senior artistes and upcoming young prodigies. The musicians will perform original compositions in an orchestra setting, bringing a new sound to Pakistan.

Featured MusiciansTarz: Bringing a New Sound to Pakistan

  • Ustad Khurshid Hussain
  • Sajid Hussain
  • Islamuddin Meer
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Rahat Ali
  • Asif Imam
  • Yousuf Kerai
  • Gul Mohd Hussain
  • Zoeb Hussain
  • Shehroze Hussain

Free passes are available at T2F, PACC, Naheed Supermarket, Espresso, Nandos (SMCHS & Clifton), and Olivetto

Dates: Friday, 30th September 2011 & Saturday, 1st October 2011
Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: PACC Auditorium


Tarz Sponsors


Zambeel Dramatic Readings Present “Ismat Chughtai Kay Saath Aik Shaam”

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Sunday, 25th September 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of dramatic readings of two short stories by Ismat Chughtai, ‘Ghoonghat’ and ‘Bachho Phuppi’, interspersed with excerpts from Sa’adat Hasan Manto’s essay on Ismat.

Performed by Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan
Directed by Asma Mundrawala

Ismat Chughtai by Zambeel Dramatic Readings

Date: Sunday, 25th September, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 200
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Art Moments: An Evening of Conversation with Ajmal Husain

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Thursday, 22nd September 2011 | 7:00 pm

Ajmal HusainWhat was the vision of the first generation of Pakistani artists? How were they supported and nurtured in a new country? How did they plan to consolidate the Pakistani art scene? How did the transition to Modernism take place? Join us at T2F for an evening of art and conversation with Ajmal Husain as he discusses the early decades (1950-1970) of Pakistan’s art history.

Ajmal Husain, a pioneering painter and one of Pakistan’s most prodigious artists, has become a legend in his lifetime. He began his career in the 1950s and has experimented with multiple media. He says, “Every medium provides a challenge and I cannot resist the impulse to work with something new. A creative mind is like a tree, it must continuously grow and bear new ideas or else it will wither and die”.

With his first solo show in Bonn, West Germany, he became the first Pakistani artist to exhibit abroad. Over the last several decades, he has produced an astonishing variety of one-man exhibitions that have received considerable critical acclaim, both at home and overseas.

“Who can deny the coherence and pictorial logic in his canvases which stand solid on the essence of form and colour”? Hameed Zaman – 1994

From 1960 to 1970, Ajmal Husain headed the Pakistan National Committee of International Artists. Since 1970, he has divided his time between Karachi and Paris and has exhibited in all the major art galleries around the world.


Art Moments is a monthly event designed to discuss and discover important moments in Pakistan’s art history through talks and interviews. Curated by Niilofur Farrukh, Art Moments aims to contribute to the documentation of Pakistani art history through forgotten narratives.


Date: Thursday, 22nd September, 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.


Rekhte ke Ustaad: Mir Taqi Mir

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Sunday, 18th September 2011 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rekhte ke Ustaad: Mir“Rekhte ke Ustaad” is a bilingual study circle for enthusiasts to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Urdu poetry. Each session is devoted to reading, translating and discussing examples from the poetry of a great master.

Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) remains arguably the foremost name in Urdu poetry. His ghazals, writes C.M. Naim, “are noted for an intriguing mix of self-mockery and self-assertion, a beguiling simplicity of expression that soon reveals its layered quality, and an economy and preciseness that reflects Mir’s dazzlingly confident use of the different registers” of the language.


Rekhtes ke ustaad

reḳhte ke tumhīñ ustād nahīñ ho ġhālib
kahte haéñ agle zamāne meñ koʾī mīr bhī thā

you, Ghalib, are not the sole master of Rekhtah
they say that in former times, there was also a fellow called Mir

Rekhtah – meaning ‘poured’ or ‘mixed’ – is an older name for the Urdu language, and particularly its Perso-Arabic-infused poetry.


Facilitator

Zahra Sabri is a researcher and literary translator. She gained her Master’s degree in 2010 at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, from Columbia University, and her Bachelor’s degree in 2008 from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Her research focuses on the politics of identity centred around Urdu in South Asia and the influence of the Persianate on Indo-Muslim languages and cultures.

Date: Sunday, 18th September, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 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.


The Last Word and T2F present Mohammed Hanif at the launch of Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Sunday, 11th September 2011 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with Mohammed Hanif.

Our Lady of Alice BhattiAlice Bhatti has just come out of prison and is looking for a second chance.

She’s hungry, tough, and full of fight, but being a Catholic choohra in Karachi means she also needs good luck. A lot of it. Alice’s prayers are answered when she gets a job as junior nurse at the Sacred Heart Hospital, a squalid public hospital full of shoot-out victims and homeless drug addicts. There she meets Teddy Butt, a trigger happy, ex-body builder, and a part-time goon for the police. The two could not be further apart and that’s why they fall in love — Teddy with sudden violence, Alice in cautious hope. How will their unlikely romance end?

In A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Mohammed Hanif tore into the corruption of the army and General Zia’s dictatorship; in this novel he draws a dark and compelling portrait of Pakistan today where killers fall in love and lovers are forced to make impossible choices. Written with savage humour and in sizzling prose, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a tour de force from one of the most brilliant young writers today.

About the Author

Mohammed Hanif is the author of the highly acclaimed A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and was the winner of the Commonwealth First Book Award. He lives in Karachi, Pakistan with his family.


Our Lady of Alice Bhatti will be available for purchase and Mohammed Hanif will sign copies after the reading


Date: Sunday, 11th September, 2011
Time: 7:30 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.


Rekhte ke Ustaad: Mirza Ghalib

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Sunday, 11th September 2011 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rekhte ke Ustaad: Ghalib

We are very excited to announce the launch of “Rekhte ke Ustaad” – a bilingual forum for enthusiasts to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Urdu poetry. Each session will be devoted to reading, translating and discussing examples from the poetry of a great master.


Rekhtes ke ustaad

reḳhte ke tumhīñ ustād nahīñ ho ġhālib
kahte haéñ agle zamāne meñ koʾī mīr bhī thā

you, Ghalib, are not the sole master of Rekhtah
they say that in former times, there was also a fellow called Mir

Rekhtah – meaning ‘poured’ or ‘mixed’ – is an older name for the Urdu language, and particularly its Perso-Arabic-infused poetry.


Rekhte ke Ustaad will be held on Sundays at T2F from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and will be facilitated by Zahra Sabri, a literary translator whose research interests focus on Urdu and the influence of the Persianate in South and Central Asia.

The first session will be held on Sunday, 11th September 2011 and will focus on the work of Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869), “noble, poet, and wit of Mughal Delhi in its twilight years”, who holds an undisputed position as one of the greats of Urdu poetry.

Date: Sunday, 11th September, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 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.


Sketchy Politics: An Evening with Feica

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Friday, 9th September 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of cartoons and conversation featuring the legendary Feica.

FeicaRafique Ahmad, popularly known as Feica, is one of Pakistan’s most outspoken political cartoonists. Born in Multan in 1957, Feica grew up in a culture where drawing was considered ‘sinful’. Now based in Karachi, he works as the resident cartoonist at Dawn and has also worked for other national dailies such as The Muslim, The Star and The Frontier Post.

An artist and a journalist, Feica’s insightful cartoons are often a scathing commentary on political events and leaders.

“I make cartoons to make people laugh, and not to ridicule them. I have always challenged the establishment because I am not afraid of them. Benazir had humor and would laugh at the way I portrayed her as a witch in my cartoons! It may be difficult to do a parody of a powerful political leader on television but a cartoonist can make him or her the butt of his humor”.

Deeply committed to the cause of freedom and peace, Feica has created several murals for the Karachi Press Club and is often spotted at peace marches and anti war rallies. Feica has fought long and hard for peace with his brush and remains ever determined to lend his support to fellow activists.

Text adapted from NuktaArt

Feica's Mural Against Police Brutality

Date: Friday, 9th September, 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.


Early Morning Art Studio > Registrations Now Open

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

ArtsuppliesDo you find yourself at a loose end between school runs? Do you wake up early and wonder why there’s nothing to do in the morning hours? Do you love to doodle? Do you fantasize about becoming an artist?

If you have time on your hands in the morning and want to unleash some creative energy, join the Early Morning Art Studio, led by Hawra Harianawala.

In this 3 month art workshop, you will learn how to observe and draw still life, and then graduate to painting still life.

Hawra Harianawala is an NCA trained visual artist who articulates her thoughts via art. Her career in art includes solo shows and an active role in art criticism. She has studied with Iqbal Hussain, Bashir Mirza, R.M Naeem and Rashid Rana, and is passionate about sharing her art training with others. She believes strongly in the therapeutic value that time spent with a canvas provides.

Day and Time: Thursdays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Dates: 15th September 2011 – 24th November 2011
Duration: 3 months / 12 classes
Cost: Rs. 4,000 per month (payable in advance) Materials included
Contact: Hawra Harianawala at hawra_h@hotmail.com to enroll

Important Notes

  • No prior experience required
  • Limited spots available. Please register in advance
  • We believe in recycling. Please save utensils that can be used as palettes and cups for painting water and bring along a wad of old newspapers to create your own floor mat