Archive for October, 2012

Taal: A Benefit Concert featuring Tabla Maestro, Ustad Khurshid Hussain

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Saturday, 10th November 2012 | 7:00 pm

Come and witness the splendor of rhythms from all over the subcontinent as Ustad Khurshid Hussain lets his fingers do the talking. This is a rare opportunity to listen to a tradition that started in Delhi several centuries ago and spread to all corners of South Asia.

Ustad Khurshid Hussain

Ustad Khurshid Hussain

One of the few doyens of tabla that remain in Pakistan today, Ustad Khurshid Hussain hails from a family of musicians. His father, Mehboob Hussain, was a sarangi player and entrusted his friend, the great Ustad Habib Khan (also known as Baba Bibia Khan) to teach his son the art of tabla playing. Although Ustad Khurshid Hussain’s blood line is from the Ajrada Gharana, he learned tabla primarily from Ustad Habib Khan who was well versed with all the gharanas’ styles and compositions. Khurshid Saheb has been an employee of Radio Pakistan and has performed live with some of the greatest musicians that Pakistan has witnessed including Ustad Kabir Khan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Ghulab Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Iqbal Bano, Farida Khanum, and Sajid Hussain. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.

All the proceeds from this benefit concert will be presented to Ustad Khurshid Hussain. Please consider making a larger contribution than the suggested minimum to support Khurshid Saheb.

Photo Credit: Sadaf Junaid Zuberi

Date: Saturday, 10th November, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


[Science Ka Adda] The Water Car and Why Crackpot Science Thrives in Pakistan: A Talk by Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Friday, 2nd November 2012 | 7:30 pm

Remember the Agha Waqar ‘water kit’ drama? Why was it bad science and how did he get away with it?

“The laws of physics, in particular a fundamental scientific principle known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, impose inviolable constraints. Every machine constructed anywhere uses the Second Law. This is something that I learned in my first year as a student at MIT and have taught for 40 years. No serious scientist would dream of challenging the Second Law. Agha Waqar Ahmad’s ‘water kit’, if one believes science to be right, simply cannot work. What the inventor, the ministers, the anchors and scientists claim on TV is wrong”. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

Join us at T2F for a Science Ka Adda session with Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy who will talk about the ‘water car’ and why crackpot science thrives in Pakistan.

Pervez HoodbhoyDr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is currently Visiting Professor in the Physics department at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He received the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics in 1984 and is the author of 65 scientific research papers. He is chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought.

Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two series aimed at popularizing science. He is the author of ’Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality’, now in 5 languages. In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for popularizing science in Pakistan with TV serials and his film ’The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth’ won honorable mention at the Paris Film Festival.

Date: Friday, 2nd November, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Suggested 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.


Genealogy of the Post-Colonial State in India and Pakistan

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Thursday, 1st November 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for the launch of Tariq Amin-Khan’s book and a discussion on the post-colonial development of India and Pakistan.

Genealogy of the Post-Colonial State in India and PakistanState formation in post-colonial societies differed greatly from the formation of the Western capitalist state. The latter has been extensively studied, while a coherent grasp of the post-colonial state has remained elusive. The analysis of the post-colonial state that Hamza Alavi started has been deepened by Tariq Amin-Khan in his new book.

Amin-Khan provides a critical historical and contemporary understanding of post-colonial state formations in Asia and Africa with a focus on the states of India and Pakistan. These two states have similar colonial legacies with distinctive imperialist influences or impositions. However, the political and economic development since decolonization in India and Pakistan has differed dramatically: the former is considered as the ‘world’s largest democracy’ and a thriving capitalist state, whereas the latter is largely seen as a client praetorian state. The book analyzes how these divergent development trajectories have emerged and produced hope in one case, and despair in the other that is exacerbated by the powerful military and civil bureaucracy, and self-serving feudal oligarchs. As the nature of Indian and Pakistani states is analyzed and identified, their differing character can be also generalized as the two prevalent state forms of post-colonial societies: the capitalist and the proto-capitalist post-colonial states.

About the Author

Tariq Amin-Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, Toronto. His research focuses on the post-colonial state, the security state, globalization and international development, political and militant Islam, and on the spread of nationalism and ethnicity in the global South.

Date: Thursday, 1st November, 2012
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 Pink Ladies Present a Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Saturday, 20th October 2012 | 7:00 pm

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the most prevalent cause of cancer related fatalities worldwide. In Pakistan alone, a devastating 40,000 women succumb to this silent killer annually. Early detection however, can save thousands of these lives. By familiarizing themselves with how to perform basic self-examinations and catching it in its early stages, women can seek treatment while there is still time.

The Pink Ladies Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on spreading awareness about the risks of breast cancer to women across Karachi. Trained by a certified OB-GYN to teach self-examination techniques, the group aims to reach privileged and under privileged alike, teaching women how to make simple self-examinations a part of their routine.

Join us at T2F for a free workshop by The Pink Ladies. Trained representatives will tell you more about their life saving project and will interactively demonstrate self-examinations.

IMPORTANT: THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN ONLY

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Date: Saturday, 20th October, 2012
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.


Tackling Corruption Through Innovation: A Discussion and Film Screening of ‘Us Now’

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Friday, 19th October 2012 | 7:00 pm

Are you fed up with being forced to pay bribes for basic government services? Have you ever had a half-crazy idea about how to tackle corruption-related issues in Pakistan, and wished you had the resources to test it out?

Global Innovation Fund

Join us at T2F for a discussion about TESTING 123: Global Integrity Innovation Fund, which is offering up to US$ 10,000 for radical new ideas to mitigate or diagnose the challenges of transparency and accountability. Global Integrity is an independent non-profit organization based in Washington DC and Cape Town, South Africa that champions transparent and accountable government around the world by producing innovative research and technologies that inform, connect, and empower civic, private, and public reformers seeking more open societies. The discussion will be led by journalist Fahad Desmukh, who is the “Connector” for the innovation fund in Pakistan and the region.

The discussion will be followed by a screening of the 2009 documentary film, Us Now. It explores how the Internet may fundamentally change the way governments operate by facilitating the creation of more open, transparent, and direct forms of democratic governance. The film includes interviews of politician Ed Miliband, new media expert Clay Shirky, Linux developer Alan Cox, and others.

Film Duration: 60 minutes

Date: Friday, 19th October, 2012
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.


Staying Safe: A Personal Safety Presentation by Norbert Almeida

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Thursday, 18th October 2012 | 7:00 pm

In a nation where crime is a given, where cheap, second handsets are a necessity, and where food arrives faster than ambulances, how can people stay safe? The key lies in being proactive and in accepting the reality that we have come to know as life in Pakistan.

Join us at T2F for a session with security and crisis expert, Norbert Almeida, who will focus on ‘Do It Yourself’ actions that will prepare you to react to safety and security incidents. Norbert will cover the following topics:

  • Emergency preparedness at home, at work, and on the road
  • Must-have safety equipment
  • Must-know’s (key contacts and addresses of hospitals, schools, family)
  • Must do’s in emergencies

 
About Norbert Almeida

Norbert AlmeidaNorbert Almeida is a Security and Crisis manager with over 15 years of experience in Pakistan, the Arabian Peninsula, Levant countries and Egypt. He is currently associated with a major FMCG and manages the security affairs for multiple countries in the Middle-East and North African regions.

As a subject expert in Incident and Crisis Management as well as Safety and Security, Norbert has delivered training and lectures at a number of forums. His students and audiences have comprised of serving members of authorities both in Pakistan and abroad as well as corporate security professionals. He is a certified Trainer of Trainers in areas such as Crisis Management, Business Continuity, Detection of Counterfeit Visas, Passports and Currency. He is the General Secretary of the Security Professionals Association of Pakistan and also serves in various capacities on the security councils of business forums. Passionate about volunteer work, Norbert is a qualified First Responder with experience of working on natural disasters, arson and accidents within Pakistan. He moderates a page on safety tips at www.facebook.com/safe.secure and tweets crime updates via Twitter. Follow Norbert at @norbalm

Date: Thursday, 18th October, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


An Evening with Indian Artists, Manisha Parekh and Ashok Ahuja

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Saturday, 13th October 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with Indian artists, Manisha Parekh and Ashok Ahuja. The session will be moderated by independent curator and writer, Sumbul Khan.

Manisha Parekh

Manisha Parekh straddles painting, collage and drawing to create works that incorporate both the geometric and the organic. Her most recognized works are created by layering shapes cut from handmade papers into dense fields of pattern and energy, sometimes perforating the surface and adding other materials. She is one of the few artists working in India today who continues to explore an exclusively abstract language. She has developed an artistic practice which also pays homage to the craft and textiles traditions of her native land. Manisha trained at MS University in Baroda and the Royal College of Art in London. She has exhibited widely and consistently in India since 1988 and held Fellowships in Germany, France and the UK. Manisha lives and works in New Delhi and is visiting Pakistan for the first time.

Clouds by Manisha Parekh
“Clouds” by Manisha Parekh

Ashok Ahuja

Ashok Ahuja started his career acting, presenting, narrating, and writing commentaries for radio and television. He has worked on over 200 plays, features, and educational programmes in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. Trained in journalism, theatre, and film, he has written, produced and directed two national and international award winning feature films, Aadharshila and Vasundhara. Ashok has been a Senior Fellow in Residence at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions where his research focused on the Soteriology of Narrative in exploring the possibilities and impossibilities of universal expression in the arts (1991-93); and on Language and Identity (1995-96). His recent work with digital images and computer animation has been exhibited in five solo shows by prominent galleries in New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Ashok is the author of The Third Race, a fable published by Seagull Books in 2004.

Date: Saturday, 13th October, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


Compelling Conversations: The Human Rights Crisis in Balochistan

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Friday, 12th October 2012 | 7:00 pm

For years, human rights groups and independent media, both within Pakistan and internationally, have been sounding alarm bells about the rapid deterioration of rights protections and basic security in Balochistan. These pleas were ignored at best or greeted with positive hostility and counter-accusations of bias and malicious intent.

Demonstration in front of Pakistan's Supreme Court by relatives of

However, events suggest that finally all the principal stakeholders are acknowledging that the province stands on the political precipice. A combination of domestic political consensus, judicial activism, international pressure and a realisation of the gravity of the crisis has forced the military to at least appear to reconsider its approach to Balochistan.

But is this too little, too late?

Even as the state expresses its resolve to effect a new, viable political compact in the province, enforced disappearances, targeted killings, torture and political persecution, both by the state and those opposing or allied with it, have steadily increased and show no sign of abating. The crisis in the province is not just about state abuses against Baloch nationalists but also about nationalist abuses against non-Baloch “settlers”, the murderous free for all by Sunni extremists against the Hazara, and a broader campaign to target the Shia across the country.

While Balochistan’s crises are inherently political, a process of resolution can only begin by seeking to end the widespread human rights abuses that fuel the conflict. Ali Dayan Hasan will discuss all this and more in light of Human Rights Watch’s extensive research on Balochistan.

About Ali Dayan Hasan

Ali Dayan HasanBefore taking over as Pakistan Director of Human Rights Watch, Ali Dayan Hasan served as the organization’s South Asia researcher since 2003 and has specialized expertise in Pakistan. Hasan is responsible for researching, authenticating and writing reports, briefing papers and news releases produced by Human Rights Watch on Pakistan. He advocates South Asian human rights concerns globally with regional bodies, national governments, international financial institutions and is a regular contributor on Pakistan in the international media. In addition to appearing frequently as a commentator on television, his opinion pieces have appeared in major international media.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Hasan was a senior editor at Pakistan’s premier independent, political news monthly magazine, Herald. During 2006 and 2007, Hasan was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford. He has a B.A. from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree from St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Date: Friday, 12th October, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested 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.


Zambeel Dramatic Readings Present “Nazaara Darmiyaan Hai”

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Saturday, 6th October 2012 | 7:00 pm

Nazaara Darmiyaan Hai is a deftly woven tale that addresses human emotions of love and betrayal. Set in Bombay, the story gives us an insight into the lives of the protagonists Khurshid Aalam, Almaas Begum and the young and spirited Parsi girl Peroja Dastoor through the eyes of the housemaid Tara Bai.

The evening will begin with a short introduction on the author Quratulain Hyder, titled Nazar Se Nazaaray Tak, by fiction-writer and critic Asif Farrukhi.

Nazaara Darmiyaan Hai is performed by Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan and is directed by Asma Mundrawala.

The production is further enriched by an original score for the soundtrack by Musadiq Sanwal.

Nazaara Darmiyaan Hai

Date: Saturday, 6th October, 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.