Archive for December, 2011

Art Moments: An Evening of Conversation with Aftab Zafar

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Friday, 30th December 2011 | 7:00 pm

Aftab ZafarJoin us at T2F for an evening with renowned artist, Aftab Zafar, who will share his experiences and personal collection of rare images of the works of influential Pakistani artists from the 1940s. The audience will also get an opportunity to see the early works of Aftab Zafar and his acclaimed mentor, artist Sheikh Ahmed.

Aftab Zafar joined the Mayo School of Art (now the NCA) in his early teens. He left to participate in the ambitious project of creating Pakistan’s first illustrated books on local culture, under the mentorship of Sheikh Ahmed. Since then, Aftab Zafar has been an integral part of the art scene as an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and educator.


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: Friday, 30th November, 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.


New Perspectives on the Mughals: The Case of Dara Shikoh

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Wednesday, 28th December 2011 | 7:00 pm

Dara ShikohDara Shikoh (1615-1659) was the heir apparent to the throne of Shah Jehan, when the crown was usurped by Aurangzeb, and Dara Shikoh was executed on charges of heresy. A great scholar of Sufism, Dara Shikoh also had sacred Hindu texts, including the Upanisads, translated into Persian. Dr. Munis Faruqui will explore the political-theological implications of Dara Shikoh’s scholarly work on the Upanisads in the endgame of imperial succession, especially in relation to the religious and political ideology of Aurangzeb.

About Dr. Faruqui

Munis FaruquiDr. Munis Faruqui is an Assistant Professor at the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on the Muslim experience in South Asia. Prior to his appointment at Berkeley, he taught in the Department of History at the University of Dayton. His teaching and research specializations include Islam in South Asia, pre-modern South Asia, Mughal India and Urdu. He has recently completed a book, Princes of the Mughal Empire: 1504-1719, that uses the figure of the Mughal Prince to explore questions of Mughal state formation, imperial power, and dynastic decline in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century South Asia.


This event is brought to you by Habib University Foundation as part of the Yohsin Lecture Series


Date: Wednesday, 28th December, 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.


The 1971 Diaries: A Conversation with Hamde Ali Bogra

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Tuesday, 27th December 2011 | 7:00 pm

Two events in Pakistan’s history stand out as the most significant, so far … the country’s creation in August 1947 and its break up in December 1971. Merely 24 years old, Pakistan was plunged into a major war in 1971. Textbooks of history remain silent and the period leading up to the crisis of 1971 has been erased from national discourse and popular memory.

Hamde Ali BograJoin us at T2F for an evening of recollections and conversation with Hamde Ali Bogra, son of Muhammad Ali Bogra, the third Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Hamde Ali Bogra will speak about 1947, the family’s love for Pakistan, his father’s governance experiences, the rise of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in East Pakistani politics, the formation of the Mukti Bahini, the riots, and the events leading up to the birth of a new nation.

Hamde Ali Bogra, a graduate of Princeton University, worked for the British Steamship Company until the creation of Bangladesh, after which he did consulting work for foreign agencies in the war-torn country. He moved to Canada for several years, and returned in 1999 to Bangladesh, where he now lives in his family’s ancestral home.

Date: Tuesday, 27th December, 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.


Kahaani Time with Sania Saeed – IV

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Sunday, 25th December 2011 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Yes! ToffeeTV is thrilled to be hosting another Kahaani Time at T2F this Sunday.

Our storyteller, Sania Saeed, will narrate an Urdu story to an audience of children and parents. Next up, we have another wonderful storyteller, Mrs Kassim, Principal Karachi High School, who will share some stories with the group, along with children from her school.

Sania Saeed

Things to Note

  • Please have your children wear something green or white because it IS after all, Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday
  • 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

Date: Sunday, 25th December, 2011
Time: 12:30 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.


Retro Painting Studio

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Remember the mixed tape? The hours spent looking for tunes which were not available with one click, recording tracks off the radio, rewinding, forwarding, worshipping our songs … At the Retro Painting Studio, led by Summaiya Jillani, we’re going to paint the music we love!

The group will explore music and the way it used to be celebrated and communicated in the good old days. We will find inspiration from posters, magazines, records, walkmans, tapes and all the random junk we’ve hoarded over the years — to celebrate our love for music.

The Retro Painting Studio, while derived from music, will cover traditional aspects of painting, including portraiture, still life, the works of the masters, and the use of found objects. This instruction will be incorporated into the studio with an unconventional twist – in one class we we may paint on our own skin, on an old bag, shoes, or a coffee mug and on other days we will paint on canvas or paper with acrylic paints.

The Retro Painting Studio will conclude with a showcase at the Faraar Gallery.

Instructor: Summaiya Jillani
Dates: 24th December 2011 – 11th February 2012
Day and Time: Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Duration: 2 months / 8 sessions
Fee: Rs. 6,000 (payable in advance)
Registration: E-mail team@peaceniche.org to enroll

Retro Painting Studio

About the Instructor

Summaiya Jillani is a graduate of the Karachi University, Class of 2010. Her paintings are inspired by pop culture, music and Karachi. “One day I just hopped out of the bus, roamed amidst the stalls, bought myself a few rumaals with whatever little money I had and painted ‘The Beatles’ on a ‘hara gulaabon bhara rumaal’. From there I started painting Madam Noor Jehan, Abida Parveen, Saeen Zahoor, Salim Nasir, Shahid Afridi, Aziz Mian Qavvaal and many more as a tribute to those who have gotten lost in the banal or buried under colorful, borrowed aesthetics”. Summaiya is currently teaching art at the Beaconhouse School in Karachi and is an independent visual artist.

Material Requirements

• Marie’s Acrylic Paints
• 2 feet x 4 feet canvas
• 10 sheets of Scholar paper
• Flat paint brushes
• Round zero size brushes
• Plastic containers
• Plastic palettes
• Aprons and rags

Materials can be acquired from Paras Art Shop in Khadda Market

Important Notes

• No prior art experience required
• Participants must bring all the required materials on the first day


[Voices Breaking Boundaries] Third Worlds: Third Ward/Karachi

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Friday, 23rd December 2011 | 7:00 pm

Third Worlds: site-specific installations at residential spaces re-contextualizing socio-economic constructs underpinning relational parallels between the ethno-geographics of Third Ward, a historic afro-western locality in Houston, and the urban conflictual zone of Karachi, a megapolis of colliding communities located at the southern edge of Sindh, Pakistan.

Writer/Artist Sehba Sarwar, who serves as Artistic Director/Founder of Voices Breaking Boundaries in Houston (USA) will screen a raw documentary by Yunuen Perez Vertti as well as her own video collage at T2F. She will be joined for a panel discussion with Attiya Dawood + Abro Khuda Bux, Ahsan Bari from NRITAAL, and Tehmina Mirza + Sana Nasir from Designers United for a Cause, Karachi (D.U.C.K.).

Third Ward

Sehba will share documentary art and updates about VBB’s most recent living room art production, Third Worlds: Third Ward/Karachi, which explored and juxtaposed issues between Houston’s Third Ward (a historically black neighborhood) alongside work interpreted by Karachi-based artists. The two productions were held in Houston in October and November and Karachi in three residential Third Ward homes. Voices Breaking Boundaries is in the process of creating an interpretive website as well as a full documentary about the productions.

Featured artists included: Attiya Dawood + Abro Khuda Bux, Nathaniel Donnett, Mushtaq Gazdar, Haya Fatima Iqbal, Autumn Knight, NRITAAL, Samya Arif Khan, Tehmina Mirza + Sana Nasir from Designers United for a Cause, Karachi (D.U.C.K.), Robert Pruitt, Sehba Sarwar, M’kina Tapscott.

Date: Friday, 23rd December, 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.


LitLab: Literary Open Mic featuring Peerzada Salman & Imam Shamil

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Wednesday, 21st December 2011 | 7:00 pm

Come to T2F’s literary open mic this Wednesday and share your poetry, prose, play, or any other piece of creative writing. You can read your own work, including work-in-progress, or a published piece by someone else that you really like.

Each person gets 9 minutes at the mic. Sign up as soon as you arrive at T2F. Everyone is welcome to come and listen …

We will kick off the session with our featured writers, Peerzada Salman and Imam Shamil, who will read their unpublished English stories.

Peerzada Salman has been a journalist for over 15 years and currently works at Dawn. He has a Masters degree in English Literature and regularly reviews books for Dawn and other literary journals. He is a poet, prolific fiction writer, and playwright.

Imam Shamil works for Radio Deutsche Welle’s Urdu and Asian English services in Bonn, Germany. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MA in English Literature from Karachi University. He has worked for The News, and has written for Dawn, Newsline and other Pakistani magazines and newspapers.

LitLab

Date: Wednesday, 21st December, 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.


Art and Activism: Recent Works on Migration and Longing

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Tuesday, 20th December 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk on alternative art practices and activism by Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri

Migration and LongingUsing images of selected artists and her own work, Yaminay Chaudhri will discuss the relationship between contemporary art and social activism. The artist will discuss alternative art practices that engage life and create experiences for audiences not only inside but also outside the gallery.

Yaminay is particularly interested in new media including social organization, and sound art. She addresses the role of artists who participate in the public realm to create social change through their actions. She asks questions such as, ‘what are the outcomes of art?’, ‘who is art created for?’, and ‘what is the visual language of artists involved in social practice?’

Yaminay’s own work revolves around issues of migration, home, longing, and transnational identity. In America she has worked with expatriate Pakistani women and American men from the U.S. Military. Her conversations with these groups spark interesting questions about longing for homes that in reality might not even exist. In her presentation, Yaminay will talk about the complexities surrounding migrant communities, the making of social projects both in and outside Karachi, and the effect her art has had on the communities she has worked with.

About Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri

Yaminay received a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Cornell University (2002), followed by a Master of Fine Arts from the State University at Albany in New York (2011). She is a curator at Collar Works art gallery in Troy New York, is attending residency programs at the Vermont Studio Center and Jentel Artist Residency Program and has shown her work at several local galleries in Upstate New York including the Albany Institute of History and Art. Yaminay has organized academic events such as the FAILUREtalks symposium, works as a media producer at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY and is currently developing new work in Karachi, Pakistan.

Date: Tuesday, 20th December, 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.


Ub Tum Hee Kaho Kiya Karna Hae: Self and Society in Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Friday, 16th December 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation between Aamir Mufti and Asif Farrukhi.

100 Years of FaizIn this centenary year of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s birth, a great deal has been said about Faiz as a Pakistani poet, a mazaahimati sha’ir (poet of resistance), and as an internationalist writer of the Third World. All of these characterizations are partially true, but they do not come close to describing what is essential about his verse. The core concern of his work seems to be the nature of the human self as always a collective entity – the fact that human selves only ever exist in societies. He explores the complex and elusive relationship of self to society, including the type that is the political norm in our times, the nation-state, whose very establishment in the subcontinent meant the ‘partition’ of society into two and then three parts. Paradoxically, Faiz the Marxist turns to the Sufi masters for their ethics of the self – that is, for an understanding of how we connect with others in order to create a shared collective life.

About Aamir Mufti

Aamir MuftiAamir Mufti teaches comparative literature at UCLA. He did his PhD in literature at Columbia University under the supervision of Edward Said. He is the author of Enlightenment in the Colony: the Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture (Princeton University Press, 2007), a comparative study of the so-called Jewish Question in nineteenth-century Europe and the crisis of Muslim identity in colonial India. The book includes chapters on Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Saadat Hasan Manto and Maulana Abulkalam Azad. A second book, titled Edward Said in Jerusalem: Secularism, Criticism, Exile is now near completion.

Date: Friday, 16th December, 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.


T2F Presents an Evening of Qavvaali Featuring Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Sunday, 18th December 2011 | 8:30 pm

Join us on Sunday for an evening of traditional, classical qavvaali as we pay tribute to legendary poets and thinkers, ranging from Hazrat Amir Khusrau to Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi.

Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad belong to the 705 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. They are the sons of the legendary Munshi Raziuddin and are internationally acclaimed as being amongst the finest qavvaals of the sub-continent.

An extract from Zaheer Kidvai’s blog post about Fareed and Abu

While Fareed Ayaz, his brothers – the amazing Abu Mohammad, among them – and the generation coming up (keep your ears open for Moiz and Hamza!), continue to preserve the tradition of rendering qavvaali in its purest classical form – they are at their best in samaa environments – those who have heard them in concerts know that their range extends way beyond that. Because their musical heritage includes, and is greatly influenced by, the famed Ustaad Taan Ras Khan Sahab, court musician to Bahadur Shah Zafar, they tackle shudhh classical raags – be it dhrupad ang or the more common khayaal form – with as much ease as they do pieces from today’s popular repertoire.

Fareed and Abu

They delight their fans with the works of Rumi, Hafiz, Khusrau, Bulley Shah, Kabir, and the later poets – such as Jigar Muradabadi (whose Saraapa never fails to entrance the listeners, even non-believers, with the sheer beauty of its words). They glide from Arabi to Farsi, Hindi, Poorbi, Punjabi, Seraiki, and Urdu smoothly. They sing modern foot-tapping qavvaalis and the traditional haal-inducing ones, but also inject the khaanqaahi slow, languorous melodies (such as Har Shab Manam Fataadah) into the performance, some – like Teree Yaad Hae Mann Kaa Chaen, Piyaa – transporting lovers into another time and place. But it is their sazeenaa, bahlaava, payvand-kaari, and the weaving of sargams and taans seamlessly into their performances that I enjoy most of all.

Full Post: http://kidvai.blogspot.com/2009/03/treat-for-karachiites-visitors.html


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Date: Sunday, 18th December, 2011
Time: 8:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 500
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.