Archive for March, 2013

Ras Rang: An Evening of Dilli Gharana Gayaki Featuring Urooj Naseer Saami

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Tuesday, 2nd April 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a feast of eastern classical vocals featuring Urooj Naseer Saami.

Urooj Naseer SaamiThe Dilli Qavaal Bacchon ka Gharana was founded in the 13th century by Saamat Bin Ibrahim, a disciple of Hazrat Amir Khusrau. The Gharana has produced a number of critically acclaimed musicians, including Ustad Tanrus Khan, tutor and court musician to Bahadur Shah Zafar. Urooj Naseer Saami is a descendant of this rich musical lineage and his style has been greatly influenced by the languid, pure approach of Tanras Khan Sahab and his father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami.

Urooj Naseer Saami received early training and mentorship by his maternal grandfather, Munshi Raziuddin Ahmed and his uncle, Nizamuddin Saami. His vocal training is now supervised by his illustrious father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. He has been performing with his father, across Pakistan and internationally, for over 15 years. Urooj also teaches at the Tanrus Academy of Vocal Training, founded by Ustad Naseerudin Saami.

Urooj will be accompanied by the quintessential Ustad Bashir Khan on tabla, Rauf Naseer Saami on harmonium, as well as Azeem Naseer Saami and Ahmed Naseer Saami on tamboora.

Date: Tuesday, 2nd April, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Breath of Death: A Thriller from Pakistan

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Saturday, 30th March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for the launch of the novel, Breath of Death, followed by a conversation with the author, Saad Shafqat. The session will be moderated by Kulsoom Ghias.

Breath of Death

What is causing a mysterious brain illness in Karachi, Pakistan’s teeming and unruly commercial capital?

This is the question posed – and answered to chilling effect – in the fiction thriller Breath of Death by Saad Shafqat, who describes himself as a neurologist by profession and a writer by inclination. The story begins in the wards of Avicenna University Hospital and picks up pace as it touches upon some of the difficult themes in which our society is currently embroiled. An intrepid neurologist and a bright young medical student find themselves ensnared in this vortex, as the action leaps from page to page towards an uncertain and potentially terrifying climax.

“Original and intriguing, it had me gripped throughout.” – Mohammed Hanif, author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes

“Breath of Death features taut, intelligent writing, and enough twists, turns, and atmosphere to satisfy the most jaded thriller connoisseur.” – Shandana Minhas, author of Tunnel Vision

“Intense, with a racy plot and compelling suspense.” – The Sunday Tribune (India)

About the Author



Saad Shafqat

Saad Shafqat was born and educated in Karachi, attending Habib Public School, DJ College, and Aga Khan University, before obtaining a PhD in neuroscience from Duke University and specializing as a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. At present, he is Professor and Head of Neurology at Aga Khan University Hospital (which provides much of the background for the novel’s fictional setting). Saad also writes for the cricket website ESPNcricinfo, and has co-authored Javed Miandad’s autobiography, Cutting Edge (Oxford, 2003). This is his first work of fiction.

About the Moderator



Kulsoom Ghias is a cancer biologist and Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University. She has been a T2F speaker, delivering an acclaimed talk on cancer. She also chairs AKU’s Sixth Sense Forum, which is dedicated to the advancement of the liberal arts.

Date: Saturday, 30th March, 2013
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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Twittamentary: A Film About Twitter Users

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of Twittamentary, a unique and experimental documentary about the everyday people who use Twitter, the online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read 140 character messages.

TwittamentaryTwittamentary features stories sourced via Twitter, with the final content chosen using online feedback. The contributors were filmed on a New York – Chicago – LA road trip, with a production crew sourced via Twitter.

Tan Siok Siok’s personal journey of discovery across America seeks to unveil what Twitter means to its users, rather than shareholders or celebrity endorsers of the microblogging phenomenon. The lives of Twitter users are as many and varied as their use of the technology.

@adventuregirl, a travel journalist with over 1.4 million followers has cultivated a well crafted path to celebrity, winning followers, one tweet at a time, with her invitations to vicariously peek into a life less ordinary.

For @JKrums, who will forever be know for his Twitter posting of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ photo (and inadvertently forcing the hand of media evolution and the reliance on citizen journalism), the leap to ‘Twilebrity’ was unknowingly embedded in the spontaneity of a single tweet, broadcast around the world.

Twittamentary explores the role played by the social media phenomenon on issues as diverse as fame, homelessness, customer service, identity and even immortality. Uniting them is Twitter, the conduit for serendipity in the lives of its users.

Running Time: 63 minutes

The Director will join us for a chat via Skype after the screening.

About the Director

Tan Siok SiokTan Siok Siok is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and honorary geek with a passion for storytelling in the age of the real time web. Siok’s latest film project is Twittamentary, a documentary about Twitter, the popular microblogging tool. Siok is also an entrepreneur who has built Kinetic ONE, an online video venture in China focused on sports, music and youth culture. She previously worked as an executive producer for Discovery Channel in Asia. The shows she produced have clinched more than a dozen awards and nominations at the Asian TV awards and the Golden Bell Awards. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy, where she directed Boomtown Beijing, a documentary about the Beijing Olympics, with the assistance of her students. Siok holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University, USA.

Date: Wednesday, 27th March, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
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Zambeel Dramatic Readings Presents Taoos Chaman Ki Mayna [Second Performance]

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Saturday, 23rd March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a dramatic rendition of Naiyer Masud’s endearing tale set in mid nineteenth century Lucknow.

Taoos Chaman Ki Mayna by Naiyer Masud is based in Lucknow in the mid nineteenth century, in the last years of Vajid Ali Shah’s reign. Initially written for children, this reworked version for adults brings to light Lucknow’s traditions and culture in a period that was undergoing rapid change. The story is narrated as a first-hand account by Kaalay Mian, a gardener employed in the royal garden.

Performed by
Ehteshamuddin
Saife Hasan
Mahvash Faruqi
Asma Mundrawala

Direction and Sound Design
Asma Mundrawala

Taoos Chaman Ki Mayna

Date: Saturday, 23rd March, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Philosophy 101 Debate: Does Philosophy Still Matter?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Friday, 22nd March 2013 | 7:00 pm

This House believes that it is better to be a happy pig than an unhappy Socrates.

Philosophy 101John Stuart Mill wrote, “It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied”, implying that a life without philosophical inquiry and self reflection is meaningless. Socrates himself said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates and Mill may well be right, but why bother?

Self-reflection doesn’t get the world’s business done. It is easy to see the importance of disciplines like science, math, and technology. They offer students promising careers and directly improve the quality of our lives with tangible results such as medical breakthroughs and economic advancement. Philosophers speak of ideas that are abstract and appear to have little bearing on our practical lives. Philosophy is no longer the cultural force it once was. The big issues; values, morality, and the meaning of life are, for many people, addressed through religion. Is there any room left for philosophy, as a field unto itself, to offer unique contributions?

Join us at T2F for a Philosophy 101 debate between Shajia Sarfraz Haroon and Anthony Galli who will debate the role, merits, and value of philosophy in the 21st century.

Shajia Sarfraz Haroon
Shajia has a double major in Human Biology and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. An independent researcher in philosophy and religion, her research interests include metaphysics, meta-ethics and epistemology. In 2011, she was invited by the University of Cambridge and the International Society of Science and Religion to speak at the Belief in Dialogue Conference at the American University of Sharjah. Shajia has also recently worked as a lecturer at the Aga Khan University and is committed to bringing philosophy to the wider community.

Anthony Galli
Anthony has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and has taken several philosophy courses, in addition to independent study. He has worked in the fields of social service, teaching, and media. He is a musician and part-time actor.

Shajia  and Anthony

Date: Friday, 22nd March, 2013
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 Presents Taoos Chaman Ki Mayna

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Saturday, 16th March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a dramatic rendition of Naiyer Masud’s endearing tale set in mid nineteenth century Lucknow.

Taoos Chaman Ki Mayna by Naiyer Masud is based in Lucknow in the mid nineteenth century, in the last years of Vajid Ali Shah’s reign. Initially written for children, this reworked version for adults brings to light Lucknow’s traditions and culture in a period that was undergoing rapid change. The story is narrated as a first-hand account by Kaalay Mian, a gardener employed in the royal garden.

Performed by
Ehteshamuddin
Saife Hasan
Mahvash Faruqi
Asma Mundrawala

Direction and Sound Design
Asma Mundrawala

Taoos Chaman Ki Mayna

Date: Saturday, 16th March, 2013
Time: 7:00 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.


Changing Hands: Bargain Books & DVDs Bazaar

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Saturday 16th June – Sunday 17th June 2012 | 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Spend the weekend at T2F browsing through our motley collection of bargain books, magazines and DVDs.

From quirky fiction to collector’s finds, from historical tomes to children’s books, T2F’s Bargain Books & DVDs Bazaar has something for everyone. Prices start at Rs. 25.

A number of wonderful individuals support PeaceNiche by donating books and DVDs. Thank you all so much for your generosity. If you have used or new books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs that you’d like to donate, please bring them over. We’ll take everything! All proceeds are used to fund T2F’s literary programs.

Bargain Books

Dates: Saturday 16th June to Sunday 17th June, 2012
Time: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Thursday, 14th March 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us for a Science Ka Adda session as we celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday with a screening of the documentary, Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius. The evening will be hosted by Zakir Thaver, co-producer of the Abdus Salam Docufilm.

Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman was the most brilliant and influential physicist of our time. Architect of quantum theories, enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project, caustic inquisitor on the space shuttle commission, ebulent bongo-player and storyteller, he played a bewildering assortment of roles in the science of the post-war era.

“When Feynman faces a problem, he’s unusually good at going back to being like a child, ignoring what everyone else thinks… He was so unstuck — if something didn’t work, he’d look at it another way.” Marvin Minsky, MIT

Five years after Richard Feynman’s death, BBC’s Horizon set out to capture the spirit and scientific legacy of the “great explainer”, in a documentary. Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius is an intimate, moving and funny account of the remarkable life and times of the most extraordinary scientist of his age.

Director: Christopher Skyes
Year: 1993
Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Date: Thursday, 14th March, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Cinema for Change: Cultures of Resistance

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Sunday, 10th March 2013 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of Cultures of Resistance, followed by a conversation with the Director, Iara Lee. The session will be moderated by Sheema Kermani.

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be tools for peace? Director, Iara Lee embarked on a two-year, five-continent trek to find out…

From Mali, where the music of Tuareg resistance rises from the desert, to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum children and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebabon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, Cultures of Resistance is a ground breaking documentary that explores how art and creativity can be tools in the struggle for peace and justice.

Cultures of Resistance

The film features Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women’s movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon’s refugee filmmakers, US political pranksters, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more.

Running Time: 73 minutes

About the Director

Iara LeeIara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Cultures of Resistance Network. Her most recent project is a documentary titled The Suffering Grasses, which explores the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been affected. As an activist, Iara has collaborated with numerous grassroots efforts, including the International Campaign to Ban Cluster Munitions. While residing in Lebanon in 2006, she experienced firsthand, the 34-day Israeli bombardment of the country. Since then, she has been devoted to the pursuit of peace in the MENA region.

From 1984 to 1989, Iara was the producer of the Sao Paolo International Film Festival. From 1989 to 2003, she ran Caipirinha Productions, a media company that explored the synergy of different art forms such as film, music, architecture and poetry. Iara is a member of the President’s Council of the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Council of Advisors of the National Geographic Society, as well as a trustee to the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

About the Moderator

Sheema Kermani is a classical dancer, teacher, drama artist, women’s rights activist and founder of Tehrik-e-Niswan, a Karachi-based theatre group.

Date: Sunday, 10th March, 2013
Time: 6:00 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.