Archive for January, 2012

An Evening of Dhurpad Gayaki featuring Ayesha Nadir Ali

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Sunday, 29th January 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a dhurpad performance featuring Ayesha Nadir Ali.

Ayesha Nadir AliAyesha Nadir Ali is a Dhurpad singer from the Talwandi Gharana and has learnt khayaal and dhurpad gayaki from Ustad Hafeez Khan Talwandi.

Ayesha was last heard in Karachi at the All Pakistan Music Conference in March 2010. She has returned this month from a successful tour of India where she accompanied Ali and Labreez Talwandi Vaalay at the 136th Harivallabh Classical Music Festival in Jalandhar.

Ayesha is a professor of Mathematics at the Lahore School of Economics.

Date: Sunday, 29th January, 2012
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.


Perpetual Motion: An Exhibition by Hina Farooqui and Najia Omar

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Opening Night: Friday, 27th January 2012 | 5:00 pm

Visual artists, Hina Farooqui and Najia Omar create metaphors while reflecting on personal struggles. The questions posed in their work also possess the answers, delicately camouflaged in symbols. Both artists are graduates of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and their art has been nurtured by Karachi.

Perpetual Motion

Hina Farooqui, a contemporary miniaturist, says about her work, “The perpetually unstable political scenario and the intolerance, selfishness, and impatience encountered on a daily basis and the violence caused by it, have heightened my feelings of insecurity and instability. These coupled with a sense of alienation arising from my differing opinions and clashing ideologies have caused me to want to escape my surroundings. It is this constant struggle of running away that I depict in my work. In trying to find the right balance I continue searching for greener pastures”.

Najia Omar, a visual artist and an enterprising object designer who works under the label of ‘just things’, says about her art, “Our identities are ever changing and complex as there are many layers and multiple stories within stories. My interest has always been in dissecting these stories … each event, experience, feeling and thought is represented by different objects, colors and textures within my work. There are many underlying layers and symbols in each piece that one may not comprehend just upon a glance”. Najia’s recent work has been showcased at the Poppy Seed Gallery in Karachi, where she dealt with digital prints and mixed media, expressing intimate human poses.

Opening Date and Time: Friday, 27th January 2012 | 5:00 pm
Closing Date: Tuesday, 7th February, 2012
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm – Daily
Venue: Faraar
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Art Moments: An Evening of Conversation with Meher Afroz

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Thursday, 26th January 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for the fifth session of Art Moments – an evening of conversation and reminiscences with Meher Afroz.

Meher AfrozMeher Afroz, amongst Pakistan’s most acclaimed artists, will share how memory, tradition, and history have influenced her art practice. She will also discuss how art history can help an artist understand local frames of reference and strengthen a connection to the milieu.

Meher Afroz was born in Lucknow, India and has been an artist and educator since the 1970s. She says, “I observe and interpret human emotions, expressions, values, and attitudes. My work is a journey concerned with the various phases of the evolution of man. My work also expresses my reaction to the present day “rat-race” which has proven to be a cultural and ideological loss. Meher Afroz has exhibited extensively in the country and abroad. She has been honored with several awards and her work is included in important collections.


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, 26th January, 2012
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.


The 1971 Diaries: Zambeel Dramatic Readings Present Shigaaf

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Tuesday, 24th January 2012 | 7:00 pm

2011 marked the fortieth anniversary of the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh. Join us at T2F for an evening of dramatic readings of two thematically relevant stories by authors from both sides of the divide.

The Body, originally written in Bangla by Afsan Chowdhury, is translated by Sabreena Ahmed and performed in English.

Tishnagi, by Masood Mufti, is performed in Urdu.

Credits

Performances: Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan
Sound Design and Direction: Asma Mundrawala
Sound Cues: Hajra Haider
Poster Design: Naheed Z. Yahya

Shigaaf

Date: Tuesday, 24th January, 2012
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.


Cube: Design Culture 101

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

CubeCube aims to empower individuals to build Pakistan’s design identity. The brainchild of Zain Mustafa, Sehr Bokhari and Sheba Akhtar, learning at Cube is a continuous, flexible and inclusive process within a non-institutional educational framework.

Cube aims to provide a holistic, interdisciplinary design education, by welcoming all those who seek learning. This vision encompasses teaching excellence to develop critical thinking and research methodologies.

For the semester starting in January 2012, all courses will use films as primary text, supplemented by reading materials from various sources. Films will be assigned ahead of class time, and will be discussed in class. The discussions will focus on critical analysis of historical context, narrative content, and symbolic overtones. The teaching methodology will vary from course to course.

Download a Detailed Cube Information Packet

Cube Teachers

ZAIN MUSTAFA
Interiors [8 week course]

Duration: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 – Friday, March 23, 2012
Days and Time: Tuesdays and Fridays | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Films: Labyrinth and Gattaca
Fee: Rs 18,000

SEHR BOKHARI
Technics [8 week course]

Duration: Monday, January 30, 2012 – Thursday, March 22, 2012
Days and Time: Mondays & Thursdays | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Films: Labyrinth & Gattaca
Fee: Rs 18,000

SHEBA AKHTAR
Digressions [8 week course]

Duration: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 – Saturday, March 24, 2012
Days and Time: Wednesdays & Fridays | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Films: Labyrinth & Gattaca
Fee: Rs 18,000


CUBE OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm


Progressives and Perverts: A Conversation with Kamran Asdar Ali

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Wednesday, 18th January 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with Kamran Asdar Ali on Pakistan’s past and present, moderated by Asif Farrukhi.

Kamran Asdar AliIn contrast to various dominant representational themes through which Pakistan’s history is rendered intelligible to many (Islam, Muslim Nationalism), the conversation will focus on debates surrounding the question of morality (“pure or perverse literature”) connected to a text of short stories on the partition of British India by the author, Sa’adat Hasan Manto.

Given this is the hundredth year of Manto’s birth, the discussion will revisit the early period in Pakistan’s history to demonstrate how after the country’s creation there were discussions among intellectuals about what would constitute a national culture; a discussion that may still be on-going and incomplete. Within this context, the exchange between Kamran Asdar Ali and Asif Farrukhi may pick up other themes to offer a critique of Pakistan’s normative national history and to suggest a different path to understand the country’s past, and possibly, its future.

About Kamran Asdar Ali

Kamran Asdar Ali teaches anthropology at University of Texas, Austin, where he is also the Director of the South Asia Institute. His earlier published work was on gender and health issues in Egypt. Lately, he has written on urban themes and co-edited, Gendering Urban Space (Palgrave 2008) and Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia (OUP 2009). He has recently completed a book length manuscript on the cultural history of the Pakistani Left, tentatively titled, Surkh Salam (Red Greetings).


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


Date: Wednesday, 18th January, 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.


Entrepreneurs Roundtable Pakistan: Kickoff Meetup

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Tuesday, 17th January 2012 | 7:00 pm

Are you an entrepreneur looking to get plugged into a broader community, share ideas, or just vent about the unglamorous underbelly of the startup experience?

chalkboard.gifCome out to the first Entrepreneurs Roundtable Pakistan (aka ERT PK), an informal meetup launched by AR Rafiq & P@SHA and hosted at The Second Floor (T2F) on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 pm.

Entrepreneurs can pitch their prototype or startup to the group to generate ideas and feedback. A sidebar session on social entrepreneurship will be co-hosted by Invest2Innovate (i2i).

If you would like to pitch during the meetup, e-mail arrafiq@inspurate.com or president@pasha.org.pk

ERT is an informal group, established in Silicon Valley by Shirley Lin.
http://mylinks.inspurate.com/ertsv
http://mylinks.inspurate.com/ertpk

Date: Tuesday, 17th January, 2012
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.


First Fridays @ T2F: Drum Circle

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

6th January, 2012 | 7:00 pm

FF@T2F is a platform for emerging musicians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Our drum circle is a fun, mixed level, group music-making activity featuring freely improvised rhythms. Music will be created on the spot, in the moment. There is no ‘audience’; everyone is welcome to play, dance, or listen. Bring your bongos, congos, darbukas, hi-hats, snares, tablas, or even just a pair of drumsticks and a surface to beat them on!

First Fridays

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

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Date: Friday, 6th January 2012
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.


Working with Sharks: A Conversation on Sexual Harassment with Fouzia Saeed

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Thursday, 5th January 2012 | 7:00 pm

Working with SharksWorking with Sharks is a riveting account of a complaint of sexual harassment filed by eleven women against a UN official in Pakistan and the institutional harassment suffered by those women for voicing their complaint when UN officials colluded with the perpetrator to crush their case … and their spirit.

“There were 100 men and 16 women at the UNDP office in Islamabad where I worked and of those 16, 15 women had been sexually harassed. All of the women had similar stories, the same things had been said to them, the same phone calls had been made. All of us suffered for years only because we did not talk.” Fouzia Saeed

This case sparked a national movement that culminated in the passage of legislation by the Pakistani Parliament in 2010 making sexual harassment a crime. The Prime Minister of Pakistan declared the 22nd of December (the date the original complaint of this case was launched), as a National Day for Working Women.


Fouzia Saeed’s new book, “Working with Sharks – Countering Sexual Harassment in our Lives” will be available for purchase at T2F after the session.


Fouzia Saeed earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota, USA, and returned to Pakistan to pursue a career in social change. She has worked for the United Nations and other international development organizations. Her main identity remains her activist work on women’s issues, social justice and democracy. She is currently the Director of Mehergarh, a human rights institute.

Date: Thursday, 5th January, 2012
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.