Archive for March, 2012

Art Moments: In Conversation with Sheherezade Alam

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Friday, 30th March 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with Sheherezade Alam as she traces the history of ceramic art in Pakistan.

Sheherezade AlamPakistan’s pioneer potter, Sheherezade Alam has lived, worked and exhibited in three continents. She will join us for the seventh session of Art Moments, to talk about the early days of the contemporary ceramic art movement in Pakistan and her memories of her teacher, Mian Salahuddin.

Sheherezade Alam studied at the National College of Arts, Lahore and completed her post graduate studies from the West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK. Her intimacy with clay, beginning in the early 70s, made her Pakistan’s first female studio potter and has seen her travel and work alongside some of the most acclaimed potters in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada. She pushes the boundaries of ceramics by transforming traditional forms with innovative glazing and building/throwing techniques. In 2000, Sheherezade established LAAL, an artists’ collective whose mission is to bring cultural and heritage education to young children.

“Clay chose me so that the earth could dance in my hands. I learned through this process, everything to learn that is important in life.”
Sheherezade Alam

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 March, 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.


LitLab: Literary Open Mic

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Saturday, 31st March 2012 | 7:00 pm

Come to T2F’s literary open mic this Saturday 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 …

LitLab

Date: Saturday, 31st March, 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.


Good Beyond Good and Evil: A Talk by Dr. Patrick Laude [Habib University Foundation – Yohsin Lecture Series]

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Thursday, 29th March 2012 | 7:00 pm

Mysticaltheology


Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi [01]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Wednesday, 28th March 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F every Wednesday for interactive sessions on Mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Ghalib Made Easy by @MicroMAFThe poetry of Mirza Ghalib (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. Even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.

A modern reader – someone reading Ghalib systematically, perhaps for the first time – may feel justified in thinking that the challenge is even greater today. Thanks to the scholars who continued to decipher and interpret Ghalib’s poetry, we now have at least 19 major interpretations which allow us to understand Ghalib’s poetry and appreciate his poetic imagination.

In each Ghalib Made Easy session, author, novelist and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi will explain two ghazals in simple Urdu. Designed as a conversation, participants are encouraged to discuss and comment on the ghazals being studied.


Ghalib Made Easy sessions will be held every Wednesday at T2F from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. No previous knowledge of Urdu poetry or Ghalib is necessary. Each session is self-contained and participants can join at any time. Copies of Divan-e-Ghalib will be available for purchase at T2F for Rs. 150.


Date: Wednesday, 28th March, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: 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.


ToffeeTV Presents Kahaani Time

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Sunday, 25th March 2012 | 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Kahaani TimeThis Sunday, the ToffeeTV team will be presenting an Urdu kahaani followed by a SingSong session of songs published on the ToffeeTV website. Children are invited to bring along their parents, guardians, and grandparents to share a fun and relaxed Sunday afternoon with us at T2F!

Who should attend?

Young children, preferably under the age of 12. Children should come with their parents, grandparents, older siblings, or guardians. Please do not send unaccompanied young children to the venue. This is meant to be a comfortable, enjoyable, interactive family gathering.

Date: Sunday, 25th March, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 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.


Meherjaan: A Story About Loving the Other

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Friday, 16th March 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F this Friday for a screening of “Meherjaan”, a feature film about a Bangladeshi woman’s love affair with a Pakistani soldier during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence.

MeherjaanDuring the war in 1971, Meher falls in love with a soldier from the enemy side. When her love is discovered, she is shamed and silenced by her family and society. Today, 38 years after the war, Meher has a visitor she cannot turn down. Sarah, a ‘war-child’ who was given away for adoption, has come back to piece together her past. Together, these two women must re-tell history through their stories in order to cut through the stigmas and walk into light.

Omar Rahim, who stars in the film as Wasim Khan, will join us for a Q/A session after the screening.

“If the director’s goal was to make her audience think, to question, to re-examine, and to open up the space for a full, honest, and doubtless painful and contentious discourse of 1971, then she succeeded magnificently.” Zafar Sobhan

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain
Producer: Ashique Mostafa
Starring: Jaya Bahaduri Bachchan, Victor Banerjee, Omar Rahim
Running Time: 119 minutes

Meherjaan

Date: Friday, 16th March, 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.


Rekhte ke Ustaad: Mirza Muhammad Rafi’ Sauda

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Rekhte ke Ustaad: SaudaSunday, 11th March 2012 | 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 a master of satirical verse and as Urdu’s greatest qasida poet.


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, 11th March, 2012
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.


ToffeeTV presents Kahaani Time and a Sing-Along Session

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Sunday, 11th March 2012 | 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Kahaani TimeThis session of Kahaani Time features storyteller, Mrs Parveen Kassim and the theater students of Karachi High School who will enact a popular children’s story.

Kahaani Time will be followed by an acoustic sing-along session of the tunes that have been sung on ToffeeTV.com. Lyrics will be provided and we’d love for everyone to join in and sing along 🙂

Who should attend?

Young children, preferably under the age of 12. Children should come with their parents, grandparents, older siblings, or guardians. Please do not send unaccompanied young children to the venue. This is meant to be a comfortable, enjoyable, interactive family gathering.

Date: Sunday, 11th March, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 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.


Latin Percussions: A Workshop by Alan Simon

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Saturday, 10th March 2012 | 7:00 pm

Alan SimonJoin us at T2F this Saturday for a hands-on talk and demonstration of the percussive instruments used in Latin music.

Latin music encompasses a range of rich and diverse musical styles and genres with influences from Spanish, African and native Latin American sources. Alan Simon will showcase the different types of percussive instruments used in Latin music and will demonstrate related grooves, whilst also discussing the importance of structure and movements.

The workshop will feature:

  • Introduction to Claves
  • Basic Conga Patterns
  • Basic Bongo Patterns
  • Patterns on the Mambo Cowbell
  • Patterns on the Guiro

A small group of musicians will demonstrate the applications of the grooves.

Who Should Attend?

Avid listeners of Latin music, jazz, percussionists, drummers, and anyone who wants to listen to good music. All you need to bring along is a sense of humor.

Alan Simon is the founder of the percussive fusion band Taal Karisma and has pioneered body percussion in Pakistan.

Date: Saturday, 10th March, 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.