Archive for June, 2012

The Jataka Tales: An Evening with Intizar Hussain and Asif Farrukhi

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Tuesday, 3rd July 2012 | 7:00 pm

Jataka TalesThe Wise and Enlightened One sat under the great tree and drew many listeners around him. “My children,” he said, “I have come here many times before. I have not come as your Buddha for the first time. Sometimes I came as a child among children and sometimes among the animals as one of their kind. I traced a way for you and you knew it not!”

The stories of Buddha’s previous lives are told as the Jataka Tales, and going back several centuries, form an important part of South Asia’s oral and literary tradition.

Ignored by critics and contemporary scholars who look only towards the West for literary models, the Jataka Tales were taken up by leading fiction writer Intizar Hussain who went on to pronounce Buddha as the most important writer of short stories to emerge from South Asia.

Stories of many lives and transforming selves will feature in this evening of the Jataka Tales as Intizar Hussain will introduce the subject and talk about the fascination these stories continue to exert upon him. Asif Farrukhi will then retell selected Jataka stories from a forthcoming book. Not interested in drawing a moral lesson from the tales, Intizar Hussain and Asif Farrukhi will dialogue with the audience about the world of stories.

Date: Tuesday, 3rd July, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Compelling Conversations: Understanding the Current Insurgency in Balochistan (Part 2)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Thursday, 28th June 2012 | 7:00 pm

BSO-AzadSince 2004, Balochistan has been in the midst of an insurgency – regarded by Baloch nationalists as the fifth Baloch insurgency since the creation of Pakistan. Baloch miltants are engaged in a guerrilla war with the Pakistani military, while more significantly the ideological war over the region has become more intense than ever before.

Increasing numbers of Baloch nationalists are now calling for all-out independence rather than just autonomy, and it is reported that in many areas, the Pakistani national anthem is no longer sung in schools. While previous insurgencies in Balochistan had been largely limited to tribal areas, today, the settled regions of the south have become a major hotbed for the Baloch nationalist movement.

Join us at T2F for the second session of the Balochistan discussion series, as we explore the causes for the resurgence of Baloch nationalism, and the changing nature of its ideology and followers.

Sanaullah Baloch is a central leader of the Balochistan National Party, and served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan from 2003 until 2008. He currently lives in self-imposed exile in Geneva, Switzerland, where he continues to advocate for Baloch rights and autonomy for Pakistan’s provinces.

Mir Sohaib Mengal is the international representative and a Central Executive Committee member of the Baloch Students Organization-Azad, a student group that calls for Balochistan’s independence. He is currently based in London where he is studying accountancy.

Joining us via Skype, our two guests will have an informal discussion about the subject, moderated by writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif. This event follows on from our first session in the series that focused on the history of the Baloch nationalist movement.

Anyone interested in doing some reading ahead of the session can find links on our website at: http://www.t2f.biz/balochistan

Date: Thursday, 28th June, 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.


Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi [11]

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Wednesday, 27th June 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 are held on Wednesdays 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 are available for purchase at T2F for Rs. 150.


Date: Wednesday, 27th June, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 200 (includes tea)
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Recycling with ToffeeTV

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Sunday, 24th June 2012 | 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

The ToffeeTV Team returns with another fun and educational Sunday. Sania Saeed, Huzefa Ali, Hira Ilyas Bawahab and the rest of the team, along with YOUR help, are going to recycle plastic bags.

All you need to bring along are some used plastic bags/thayliaan in any size or color. Do make sure the bags are dry, clean, and neatly folded. Look around your home and bring as many plastic bags as you can find. Talea Zafar will show you some cool ways to reuse and recyle plastic.

Safety Note: Parents, please accompany your children for this session as we need to ensure that the bags are handled carefully.

We’re also collecting storybooks and toys to take to the Children’s Cancer Hospital, so please remember to bring some along with you.

Kahaani Time

Date: Sunday, 24th June, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 100 [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: Nazir Akbarabadi

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Sunday, 24th June 2012 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nazir Akbarabadi“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.

“Nazir” Akbarabadi (1735-1830), recognized today as one of Urdu’s greatest nazm writers, lived during a time when there was no significant tradition of writing in the genre. His poems about the transience of life and wealth have achieved epic fame. The folksy flavour of much of his verse, combined with the fact that he is a treasure house of indigenous words and expressions, has contributed not only to his inclusion in the Hindi literary canon, but has also served to earn him the doubtful accolade of being titled “Poet of the People”.


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, 24th June, 2012
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 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.


Lussun Fest 2012: All the Music You Never Heard!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Lussun Fest 2012


Art Moments: Connect/Disconnect With Art History

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Thursday, 21st June 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with young artists and a critic to discuss art history and contemporary art practice in Pakistan.

ArtmomentsconnectdisconnectHow does a new generation of Pakistani artists perceive canons and continuum in art? What is the relationship of art history to contemporary visual art practice? Do young artists care about pedagogy, research, and documentation of visual art culture?

Our 9th Art Moments session will explore all these questions and more in a panel discussion with artists; Mohammad Zeeshan, Salman Hasan, and Marium Agha, along with art critic, Shahana Rajhani.

Mohammad Zeeshan is an established artist with a broad-based art practice. He studied miniature painting at NCA and has exhibited at a range of important international art events.

Salman Hasan is a Karachi-based artist who has interpreted the poetry of Faiz to explore social and political disenfranchisement.

Marium Agha holds an MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. A prolific artist, her focus has been the politics of the body in the context of women, society and religion.

Shahana Rajhani holds a BA in Art History from Oxford. She has been contributing critical writing to various national magazines and worked as a curator for the KSA Gallery.


Art Moments is a monthly event designed to discuss and discover important moments in Pakistan’s art history through talks and interviews. Curated and presented by Niilofur Farrukh, Art Moments contributes to the documentation of Pakistani art history through forgotten narratives. In June 2012, this series will complete its first year, having created a video archive of seminal interviews and presentations on art pioneers and art issues. The initiative’s aim is to reclaim art history from dusty books and personal memories, and to bring them into mainstream consciousness so that vital narratives are not marginalized or lost.


Date: Thursday, 21st June, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 100. 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.


Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi [10]

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Wednesday, 20th June 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 are held on Wednesdays 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 are available for purchase at T2F for Rs. 150.


Date: Wednesday, 20th June, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 200 (includes tea)
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Strattera


LitLab: Literary Open Mic

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Friday, 15th June 2012 | 7:00 pm

Come to T2F’s literary open mic this Friday 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: Friday, 15th June, 2012
Time: 7:00 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.


Ghalib Made Easy: Interactive Sessions with Musharraf Ali Farooqi [09]

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Wednesday, 13th June 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 are held on Wednesdays 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 are available for purchase at T2F for Rs. 150.


Date: Wednesday, 13th June, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 200 (includes tea)
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.