Archive for October, 2011

Ubuntu Meetup

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Sunday, 30th October 2011 | 6:30 pm

UbuntuUbuntu is an ancient African word that means ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.

Join a group of open-source advocates at T2F this Sunday to celebrate the Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot release. Enthusiasts will help you make the transition to Linux, install Ubuntu on your laptop, and answer your questions.

Date: Sunday, 30th October, 2011
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.


Rekhte ke Ustaad: Momin Khan Momin

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Sunday, 30th October 2011 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rekhte ke Ustaad: Momin“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.

Momin Khan “Momin” (1800 -1852), considered to be one of the finest minds of his generation, was trained as a hakim. He achieved mastery in astrology, geomancy and chess, as well as poetry. A well-liked poet, his verses are famed for their delicacy of thought, and he has gained a reputation for a marked elegance in moʻamala-bandi – description of romantic affairs.


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, 30th October, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 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.


Kahaani Time with Sania Saeed – Third Session

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Sunday, 30th October 2011 | 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

ToffeeTV and T2F are excited to announce another session of Kahaani Time, an informal gathering for children and their parents, designed to revive the vanishing tradition of storytelling.

This Sunday, Sania Saeed will read out an Urdu story and will invite parents and children to share some of their favorite stories.

Things to Note

  • Recommended age group: 3 – 10
  • Bring along your favorite short story books and a stuffed toy
  • Children must be accompanied by parents, grandparents or an adult guardian (this is not a daycare activity)
  • We will start on time, so please be punctual

Sania Saeed

Date: Sunday, 30th October, 2011
Time: 12:15 pm
Suggested 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.


Celebrating the 50th Critical Mass Karachi Ride

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Saturday, 29th October 2011 | 5:00 pm

Critical Mass KarachiOn Sunday, 16th October 2011, members of Critical Mass Karachi took to the streets for their 50th bicycle ride. To celebrate this milestone and two years of cycling on the streets of Karachi, CMK invites you to T2F for an evening of camaraderie and fun.

Learn about Critical Mass Karachi, share your cycling experiences, swap stories, watch videos and images, get re-acquainted with your bicycle, discover the location of Jackson Market, and enjoy the coffee and goodies at T2F.

You don’t want to miss this because it won’t happen again for another 50 rides 🙂

Find out more about Critical Mass Karachi

Date: Saturday, 29th October, 2011
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Voter Registration Drive

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Friday, 28th October, 2011 | 7:00 pm

Your Vote CountsAccording to a judgement issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, 45% of the votes cast in 2008 were bogus. As a result, new voters lists are being prepared. However, the majority of people are not registered to vote.

To facilitate the process of registering voters, a group of concerned citizens, in collaboration with the Election Commission of Pakistan, are organizing a registration drive at T2F this Friday.

Faisal Malik, an asset management exeuctive, political activist, and concerned citizen, will address the audience at 8:00 pm.

Come to T2F this Friday if you want to register to vote in the upcoming elections. Please bring along your CNIC and “Meem Sheen” number (the census number written outside the gate or wall of your house. If you live in an apartment, check for the number outside the main building).

Date: Friday, 28th October, 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.


Two in One: An Exhibition by Emaan Mahmud and Malika Abbas

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Opening Night: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 | 6:00 pm

Two in One‘Two in One’ is a series of two-person visual art exhibitions, showcasing young Karachi-based artists; whose education, learnings, sensitivities and inspirations are all outcomes of Karachi itself. The series addresses their individual and collaborative views of the city.

‘Two in One’ demonstrates the co-existence of multiple views in one space, the diversity of thought and action, and each artist’s connection to this incredible city. The opening night of each of these shows will be followed by a day-time artist talk and gallery tour, as part of Faraar’s educational outreach program.

Schools and colleges that would like to sign up for a talk and tour can contact us via e-mail at raania@peaceniche.org

Emaan and Malika

Two in One: Part 1

Emaan Mahmud graduated from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2008. At first a printmaker, Emaan is now exploring painting and is incorporating her printmaking techniques in her canvases. Her featured work addresses ‘the layered beauty of unnoticed moments’. She says about her work, ‘This is my way of observing, absorbing and reacting to the happenings of my world; my city and my mind, my history and my hopes. I find networks of synapses within; connecting the unnoticed paint splash to a worn down wall, connecting it to the threads of life and making it part of a network that is all encompassing.’ Emaan has previously exhibited at the Chawkandi Art Gallery, Poppy Seed and the IVS Gallery in Karachi. She has also recently shown work at the Rohtas gallery in Islamabad. Her international showcases have been at The Courtyard and The Heritage House in Dubai.

Malika Abbas graduated as a painter/miniaturist from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2008. Her artwork stems from experimentation and manipulation, manually and digitally. Malika’s themes focus on the individual present and its acceptance. Her featured work addresses the concept of the ‘bandwagon’ and and what it means to Karachi today. She explains: ‘Phineas T. Barnum, the great showman and circus owner, used the term in 1855 in his autobiography… “At Vicksburg we sold all our land conveyances excepting four horses and the band wagon”. By the 1890s, the transition from the literal ‘jumping on a bandwagon’ to demonstrate allegiance to a politician, to the figurative use we know today, was complete’. Malika has previously exhibited at the ArtChowk Gallery, IVS Gallery, The Alliance Francaise and the VM Art Gallery in Karachi. Malika has also won national prizes for painting and portraiture.

Opening Date and Time: Wednesday, 26th October, 2011 | 6:00 pm
Closing Date: Saturday, 5th November, 2011
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm – Daily
Venue: Faraar
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Rekhte ke Ustaad: Mir Taqi Mir

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Sunday, 23rd October 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, 23rd October, 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 Music Of South Asia: A Kaleidoscope Of Nuances

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Saturday, 22nd October 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a lecture-demonstration on the history, evolution, and subtleties of South Asian music.

Spanning over a thousand years, evolving with each new invading culture, the music of South Asia represents dynamics of an extremely diverse and rich cultural history. The nuances of the various visual arts, the idiosyncrasies of social interactions, and the philosophies that have transpired in the subcontinent, are all reflected in this musical tradition.

It is imperative, now more than ever, that the subtleties and nuances of our music be shared and cherished. Appreciating our cultural inheritance poses challenges owing to the lack of exposure to South Asian classical music and the pervasive, disguised version of it that is available courtesy Bollywood. To understand our musical theory, we will have to explore the very beginnings of sound production and view our music in the context of musical traditions around the world. An understanding of its history and evolution will provide context to what the ears experience.

Yousuf KeraiYousuf Kerai hails from Karachi and was introduced to Indian classical music at the age of eight where he 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. Yousuf has been a student of tabla for twelve years, even though he has spent eight of those years in the USA for higher education, acquiring a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. He currently serves as Academic Supervisor at Haque Academy, conducting teacher training and teaching Additional Mathematics. Alongside, Yousuf continues his training as a tabla player and gives performances in Pakistan and the USA.

Shehroze HussainThe son and disciple of his father, Shehroze Hussain has learned the art of sitar and singing from Sajid Hussain. He became a student at the tender age of 6 and has performed at various private and public venues such as Sampurna and the All Pakistan Music Conference. He has appeared on television and has served as guest artist for Aga Khan University’s Humanities and Social Sciences lecture series and the School of Leadership’s Young Leaders Conference in 2011. Possessing an excellent grip on the sitar and achieving great technical agility with his voice, Shehroze brings a refreshing personality to the tradition of sitar players.

Date: Saturday, 22nd October, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Donation: Rs. 250
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: Ghalib

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Rekhte ke Ustaad: Mirza GhalibSunday, 16th 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 Ghalib (1797-1869), “noble, poet, and wit of Mughal Delhi in its twilight years”, holds an undisputed position as one of the greats of Urdu poetry. He wrote most of his popular ghazals between the ages of 19 and 25 and is also hailed as the father of modern Urdu prose.

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, 16th 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.


The Evolution of Rock n’ Roll

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Saturday, 15th October 2011 | 7:30 pm

E Sharp and T2F Present “The Evolution of Rock n’ Roll”

Evolution of Rock n' RollJoin us for a musical journey down memory lane as we celebrate the evolution of rock n’ roll. We will be borrowing from the songbooks of:

– Chuck Berry
– Elvis Presley
– Eric Clapton
– Jimi Hendrix
– Led Zeppelin
– Pink Floyd
– Queen
– The Beatles
– The Doors
– The Rolling Stones

Date: Saturday, 15th October, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 150
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.