Archive for August, 2013

Magic of Sitar II featuring Shehroze Hussain

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Sunday, 1st September 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a classical music performance featuring the exciting, young sitar prodigy, Shehroze Hussain.

Shehroze HussainShehroze Hussain is the eldest son of sitar maestro Ustad Sajid Hussain of the Senia Gharana. Shehroze started learning sitar at the very early age of six and has performed at a range of private and public venues such as Sampurna, All Pakistan Music Conference, and Lahore Music Forum. He has appeared on television and has served as guest artist for Aga Khan University’s Humanities and Social Sciences lecture series and School of Leadership’s Young Leaders Conference in 2011.

Shehroze has co-taught a six-week elective at the Aga Khan University on the music of the subcontinent for two consecutive years. For the last three years he has been a star performer, alongside his father, in the classical ensemble, Tarz Group, led by Yousuf Kerai. Possessing an excellent grip on the sitar and achieving great technical agility with his voice, Shehroze brings a refreshing personality to the tradition of sitar players.

Shehroze Hussain will be accompanied by Yousuf Kerai on the tabla.

Date: Sunday,1st September, 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.


Pakistan Calling: Film Screenings and Conversation with Anwar Akhtar and Durriya Kazi

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Saturday, 31st August 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of film screenings and conversation with Anwar Akhtar, Director of The Samosa and Durriya Kazi who heads the Department of Visual Studies at Karachi University.

Pakistan Calling, a project of the RSA and The Samosa, is a platform that uses the medium of film to increase awareness and support for Pakistani civil society organisations and activists working to tackle the country’s pressing social problems. It aims to profile some of the many cultures and communities of Pakistan, and support young filmmakers working in areas such as the arts, social welfare and citizen journalism. The films are used to generate a different discourse and raise awareness of those tackling tough social problems in Pakistan and how the British Pakistani community, and wider social and economic networks, can support this work.

Pakistan Calling

Anwar Akhtar heads The Samosa, a culture and news website with a focus on South Asia, Britain, the Pakistani diaspora and the politics of identity and human rights. He also helped set up the UK-based Pakistan Calling film project. Born in Manchester, to Pakistani parents, Anwar graduated in social studies from Sheffield Hallam University and was a fellow on the Clore leadership programme. He was previously Director of RichMix, an arts and cultural centre in East London and is an associate of Urbed, a cooperative working across urban design, regeneration, sustainability and community involvement.

Anwar Akhtar and Durriya Kazi will screen selected films from the Pakistan Calling portfolio and will talk about the aims of the initiative, the response in Britain, and the next stage of the project.

Date: Saturday, 31st August, 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 “Aao Manto Sunein”

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Saturday, 24th August 2013 | 7:30 pm

Saadat Hasan Manto was born in the Ludhiana district of Punjab, British India on May 11, 1912. The year 2012 marked the author’s birth centenary. Manto wrote a series of radio plays under the title Aao in 1940. In May 2012, Zambeel presented three plays under the title “Aao Manto Sunein”. This year, they shall revisit the title with the addition of a fourth play to the series.

Aao Manto SuneinEach play presents delightful banter between husband and wife Kishore and Lajvanti, and their friend Narayan. Light-hearted and animated in nature, these lesser known plays represent the writer in a different light.

Aao Chori Karein presents the delightful confusion that is caused between Kishore, Lajvanti, Narayan and Mrs Narayan when Kishore’s plan to steal a parcel belonging to Narayan backfires.

Aao Kahani Likhein is a battle of wits between Kishore and Lajvanti as they plan to script a story with Narayan as the scribe. Who wins the battle ultimately? Does Narayan manage to save the day?

Aao Taash Khaylein puts Lajvanti in a dilemma as she begins a game of cards with Kishore only to find that he has other plans up his sleeve. She finds herself instead at the mercy of Narayan who is more than enthusiastic about a new card game he has learnt and is adamant to show it to his disinterested friends.

Aao Baat Tau Suno presents Kishore with a series of tasks on a restful Sunday. Will Kishore manage to fulfill everyone’s wishes and yet maintain his sanity?

Performances
Mahvash Faruqi
Ehteshamuddin
Syed Meesam Naqvi
Asma Mundrawala

Credits: http://zambeeldramaticreadings.wordpress.com/projects/aao-manto-sunein-2013/

Aao Manto Sunein

Date: Saturday, 24th August, 2013
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.


A Tribute to Munir Hussain (1929 – 2013)

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Thursday, 22nd August 2013 | 7:00 pm

Please join us at T2F for an evening of remembrance and tribute to Munir Hussain, a pioneering commentator, groundbreaking publisher, Karachi City Cricket Association mandarin, and sagacious elder presence in the nation’s cricket circles.

Munir HussainA diehard cricket lover, Munir Hussain could not get enough of the game and had immersed himself in playing and administering it, as well as promoting it through column-writing, publishing, and broadcasting. His landmark contribution was the initiation of cricket commentary in Urdu, which he pioneered in 1969 in the face of opposition from traditionalists, and which later made him a household name. He also published the wildly popular Urdu cricket magazine Akhbar-e-Watan, which was launched in its cricketing identity in 1976 and quickly acquired iconic status among the game’s followers.

Hussain’s son Iqbal Munir, an accomplished photojournalist who has attained his own rank and status as a cricket media figure, says his father was always keen to pass on his passion for advancement and innovation in the game, mentoring a new generation of commentators and journalists; overseeing Karachi’s cricket affairs in various capacities, formal and otherwise; and promoting the welfare of cricket in Pakistan at every opportunity. Hussain’s enthusiasm for the game never dimmed until, literally, his dying day. He devoted his life to cricket, breaking some of its barriers and always celebrating its magic and beauty. The game is richer for it. Munir Hussain died of natural causes at his home in Karachi on July 29th 2013.

The program will comprise a photographic slideshow followed by a discussion among Hussain’s family, friends, and associates commemorating his legacy. Audience participation will be invited and encouraged. Saad Shafqat will moderate.

About the Moderator

Saad Shafqat writes an opinion column for the cricket website ESPNcricinfo. He is also Professor and Head of Neurology at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi. His cricket articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Pakistan, India, South Africa, and England. In 2003, he co-authored Cutting Edge, Javed Miandad’s autobiography. His latest book is Breath of Death, a medical thriller.

Munir Hussain with Imran Khan

Date: Thursday, 22nd August, 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.


Beatlemania III: A Tribute to The Beatles

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Saturday 17th August & Sunday 18th August 2013 | 7:00 pm

Come together at T2F for Beatlemania III and celebrate 50 years of musical magic.

Beatlemania III On 18th August 1962, Ringo Starr made his first appearance as the Beatles official drummer at Hulme Hall in the village of Port Sunlight, Wirral in North West England. The four members of the band had a two hour rehearsal before taking to the stage as the headline act in the local Horticultural Society’s 17th annual dance. On that night, the Fab Four were born …

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ first album ‘Please Please Me’. Released in 1963, the album stayed at number one in the UK for 30 weeks, only to be knocked off by the Beatles’ follow-up album, ‘With the Beatles’. The release of this first album sparked the start of Beatlemania, during which time 11 out of 12 of their albums made it to number one in the UK.

The global influence of the Beatles is immeasurable and 50 years later, we’re still mad about them. Join E Sharp, Meaner Mann, Faraz Nadeem, young musicians from CAPA, and Omran Shafique as they pay tribute to the Beatles in a back-to-back rock ‘n’ roll celebration.

The Beatles

Date: Saturday 17th August & Sunday 18th August 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350 per day
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Baat Cheet and Love Across Borders

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Wednesday, 14th August 2013 | 5:30 pm

Join us at T2F for the launch of Baat Cheet an alternative media platform for India-Pakistan dialogue, initiated by Tehelka in India and PeaceNiche in Pakistan.

The decades-old conflict between India and Pakistan has created a communication gridlock, steeped in myths and stereotypes, fuelled by hawkish mainstream media on both sides. Baat Cheet aims to provide an alternative platform for engagement led by the citizens of India and Pakistan who believe that peace is possible.

Baat Cheet

We will share Baat Cheet’s pilot project, Campus Connections, which will be followed by the launch of Love Across Borders – an anthology of short stories, and an introduction to another Baat Cheet initiative, the Skype Dosti Project.

Campus Connections, was a collaborative arts project between the Media and Visual Arts Department at Karachi University and the Convergent Journalism Department at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Approximately 40 students from both countries interacted via Facebook in early 2013, and have produced a series of short films, animations and photographic journals. Students from the two universities will talk about their shared experiences during the project.

Love Across Borders is an anthology of short stories about love, relationships and connections across the Indo-Pak border, to be released on Independence Day, midnight, between August 14th and 15th, 2013. The anthology will be published as an ebook and made available for free – as a civic initiative by Indireads, an e-publisher serving the South Asian market. The anthology aims to create positive narratives of love, relationships and connections between ordinary Pakistanis and Indians, to counter the overwhelming body of stories about partition and the subsequent loss and displacement.

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Love Across Borders, with a parallel session being held in Delhi, will include a reading of short-stories by two Karachi-based authors, Mamun Adil and Zaffar Junejo, who have contributed to the collection. The readings will be followed by a remote Q&A session with Naheed Hassan, the founder of Indireads.

Date: Wednesday, 14th August, 2013
Time: 5:30 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.