Archive for November, 2012

Startup Spotlight: + Acoustic Music by Bell

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Sunday, 2nd December 2012 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a SparkPlug mixer featuring ZeeShan Ahmed, entrepreneur and founder of Songalbum. The mixer and demo will be followed by a music performance by one of our favorite local bands, Bell, who will be accompanied by Waqas Jamshed.

Songalbum.comSongalbum – Everyone can Sing!

Songalbum is an online singing platform. Think of it as American Idol on Social Media, where everyone can have a go and listeners pick the stars.

Songalbum features an online recording studio for musicians to create multiple recordings and mix them up into a song. Anyone who sings (or likes to think they can sing) can record vocals, include layers with instrument chords, and add audio effects.

Songalbum also includes a neat karaoke feature, strong social media integration, and reality radio.

Songalbum’s vision is to provide a platform for emerging talent and help aspiring musicians to get to the next level. Brands can also use Songalbum as an auditioning platform to finds stars, selected by the people.

The Songalbum Promise

– A fair, open and democratic platform
– Control over privacy and content
– Free for singers and listeners

About the Founder

ZeeShan AhmedZeeShan Ahmed is a developer and a struggling entrepreneur. He graduated from GIK Institute in 2004 and spends his days trying to fill the void with code. In 2006, he founded PakTranslation which aims to address language barriers through machine translation for local languages.

In 2011, ZeeShan founded a singing platform called Songalbum as a desperate Plan B. He currently works with Lakson Group on a variety of projects involving singing, social media, text to natural speech, and speech recognition technologies for local languages.

Spark Plug

Date: Sunday, 2nd December, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Keeping Tradition Alive: Qavvaali Featuring Hamza Akram & Brothers

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Friday, 30th November 2012 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a Qavvaali Mehfil by the youngest group of the legendary “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi.

The next generation of qavvaals, Hamza Akram and Brothers, belong to the 800 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi and are the grandsons of the inimitable Munshi Raziuddin. The group is led by Hamza Akram, who is currently being trained in classical music by Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami, and in Qavvaali by Ustaad Fareed Ayaz.

Hamza Akram & Brothers

Date: Friday, 30th November, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: 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.

WordPlay: Sarnath Banerjee in Conversation with Mohammed Hanif

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Tuesday, 20th November 2012 | 7:00 pm

Indian graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee joins critically acclaimed author and journalist, Mohammed Hanif for an evening of banter about cities, graphic narratives, and sporting near-misses.

Sarnath BanerjeeSarnath Banerjee is a graphic novelist, artist, and film maker. His bold graphic works centre on universal themes, common experience and his Indian background and culture. Anecdotal and autobiographical in nature, his stories are imbued with humour and immediacy. Born in Calcutta in 1972, Sarnath lives and works in Delhi, India. After getting a degree in biochemistry, he received an MA in Images and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Sarnath’s first novel, Corridor, published by Penguin Books India in 2004, was commissioned as part of a fellowship awarded by the MacArthur Foundation, Chicago. His second novel, The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers, was published in 2007. His latest graphic novel, The Harappa Files, was published in 2011 by Harper Collins. His works have been exhibited at various museums in India and internationally and he has won critical acclaim and awards for his films. Sarnath also co-founded Phantomville, a publishing house with an exclusive focus on graphic novels.

Sarnath’s latest work, Gallery Of Losers (Non-Performers, Almost-Winners, Under-Achievers, Almost-Made-Its), was a series of graphic illustrations presented across posters, billboards, local newspapers and hoardings throughout the Olympic boroughs in London. Banerjee’s humorous graphic narratives reference and draw on the shared history of competitive sport, from the personal to the universal, and the local to the international. The series taps into a collective consciousness of sporting near misses – or, the people who almost made it – and was created to resonate with local communities and visitors to the London 2012 games.

Olympics 2012 

Date: Tuesday, 20th November, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.