Archive for July, 2013

T2F presents Josh: A Sneak Preview Screening at Atrium Cinema

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Monday, 5th August 2013 | 3:00 pm

Join us at Atrium Cinema for a special, pre-release screening of Josh, followed by Q&A with the Director, Iram Parveen Bilal.

The life of a high society school teacher is shattered when her beloved nanny inexplicably disappears. Josh is the story of the teacher’s search for a dangerous truth in the nanny’s feudal village. Starring Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza, Josh tackles the themes of class, feudalism, poverty, individual empowerment and women’s rights head on and takes no prisoners en route.

Josh (Against the Grain)

Starring: Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Khalid Malik, Navin Waqar, Khalid Ahmed, Parveen Akber, Nyla Jafri, Kaiser Khan Nizamani, Saleem Mairaj, Adnan Shah Tipu, Ali Rizvi, Faizan Haqquee
Story and Screenplay: Iram Parveen Bilal and Farah Usman (Urdu dialogue and translation)
Director: Iram Parveen Bilal
Language: Urdu
Running Time: 104 minutes

About the Director

Iram Parveen BilalRaised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Iram Parveen Bilal went to America to pursue a degree in Environmental Science Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. After graduating, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship took her around the world as she explored the motives behind body movement and dance across cultures.

Iram began her career in film by getting an MFA at the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. Her feature debut, Josh, is currently on the festival circuit and releases in Pakistani cinemas in August 2013.

Date: Monday, 5th August, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm
Ticket: Rs. 600 (on sale from 30th July onwards only at T2F)
Venue: Atrium Cinema A

Tickets have to be pre-purchased at T2F. Seating at Atrium Cinema A will be on a first come, first served basis.

The Hudd Ho Gaee Podcast: Episode 3

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Ramzan Qavvaali featuring Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Saturday, 20th July 2013 | 11:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a khanqaahi qavvaali mehfil featuring Subhan Ahmed Nizami and Brothers.

Subhan Nizami and BrothersSubhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. Some years after his family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Niazi qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.

As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan concerts were highly sought after performances that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.

After his father’s premature passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan and his brothers have given several extremely well received concerts in France. The qavvaal troupe has taught the art of qavvaali to the French students of ethnomusicologist, Martina Catella and will be performing to sold-out audiences at a festival organized by Radio France in 2014.

Subhan Ahmed Nizami and Brothers

Date: Saturday, 20th July, 2013
Time: 11:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

The Hudd Ho Gaee Podcast: Episode 2

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Sabeen Mahmud sits down with Zakir Thaver and Omar Vandal, producers of an upcoming documentary on Dr. Abdus Salam, to talk about the making of the film. As all three of them are solemnly devoted to tangents, this episode goes all over the place, attempts to ‘come back’, and fails. Please don’t use headphones to listen in because the sound editors threw in a bonus background track that will make you think your phone is going to ring any second. It will drive you crazy. Oh, tell us which of the following three songs you like best:
1. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
2. Crazy by Icehouse
3. Crazy by Seal

The Hudd Ho Gaee Podcast: Episode 1

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Shooting the breeze from the heart of #NA250.

The Gharana Series: Ustad Khurshid Hussain presents the splendour of Purab Gharana

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Saturday, 6th July 2013 | 7:00 pm

Ustad Khurshid HussainIn the mid 18th century, the musicians of Delhi were forced to leave the courts of Delhi and moved eastward to Lucknow where music and dance were being performed and reformed at the same time. The pakhawaj was a bit too heavy a sound for the more nuanced musical styles evolving in the region and the newly arrived tabla players from Delhi found fertile grounds for adapting their playing to the demands of the emerging styles.

Hence, the Purab baaj was created, with techniques involving all five fingers, as opposed to the strictly two-finger techniques of Delhi. The compositions were also influenced by the tradition of Kathak dance that was thriving at the time.

Join us at T2F as Ustad Khurshid Hussain and his student, Yousuf Kerai, present the compositions of Purab Gharana. They will also demonstrate comparisons between the Delhi style and the Purab style of tabla playing.

Date: Saturday, 6th July, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 400
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Stepping Into the New Digital Age: Book Discussion and Symposium

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Saturday, 6th July 2013 | 11:30 am to 5:00 pm

The Department of Media Sciences at SZABIST, Liberty Books, and T2F invite you to a discussion and review of Eric Schmidt’s book “The New Digital Age”, followed by three engaging panels on technology, culture, and society.

Entry is free but prior registration is required.
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The New Digital Age
12:10 – 1:10 pm
Moderated by Salman Abedin, this session will analyze the book, “The New Digital Age” from various intellectual traditions including the Foucauldian Panopticon and will offer a critique of the surveillance economy. The panel will discuss Pakistan as an example in the book, the role of technology companies in allegedly providing data to the NSA through PRISM, and the implications of the changes being wrought to the fabric of societies in transition.
Panelists: Dr Imran Amin, Noaman Asar, Sabeen Mahmud

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm

Dystopian Futures
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
In a post-modern, hyper-connected yet increasingly alienated world, is it possible that we will succumb to a dystopic destiny, predicted in the Orwellian nightmare of 1984? This panel, moderated by Fauzi Dossul, will attempt to dissect a multitude of speculations as humankind hurtles onwards in its quest for ‘bettter’ and ‘improved’ technology.
Panelists: Aisha Chapra, Framji Minwala

Technology and the Human Condition
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Moderated by Ahmed Ansari, this panel will address technological determinism from a design and ontological perspective, whilst examining the issues that affect design practice and technological futuring.
Panelists: Irfan Kheiri, Imran Moinuddin, Dr Kristy Rawson, Zain Mustafa

Tea and Networking
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Technology Future of Pakistan
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
This session, moderated by Sabeen Mahmud will bring into focus the problems Pakistan faces and will attempt to identify technology pathways in Pakistan’s quest for a ‘brighter’ future.
Panelists: Jahanzaib Haque, Saqlain Zaidi, Shehram Mokhtar

Date: Saturday, 6th July, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 5:00 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.