Archive for October, 2013

Qavvaali featuring Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Sunday, 3rd November 2013 | 7:30 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 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.

Date: Sunday, 3rd November, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


In the Company of a Poet: Afzal Ahmed Syed in Conversation with Asif Farrukhi

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Saturday, 2nd November 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of Urdu poetry readings and conversation with Afzal Ahmed Syed. The session will be hosted by writer and translator, Asif Farrukhi.

Afzal Ahmed SyedAfzal Ahmed Syed is an Urdu poet and translator, known for his mastery of both classical and modern Urdu poetic expression. His poetry took the world of Urdu literature by storm when he emerged on the literary scene of Karachi in 1976 with prose poems such as “Mitti ki Kaan”, “Tal Zaataar se Nashaib”, and “Chhini Hui Tareekh”. His poems, culled from three collections, have been translated into several languages and his complete works have been translated into English by Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Afzal Ahmed Syed’s global vision and understanding of the contemporary world are reflected in his translations of poetry and fiction. He was one of the first Urdu translators of Gabriel García Márquez and Jean Genet and his work has been widely published in leading Urdu literary periodicals such as Shabkhoon, Aaj, and Dunyazad. His translations of the complete Persian works of Mir Taqi Mir have been published by the Oxford University Press and he is currently engaged in translating the poetry of Abdul Qadir Bedil.


Afzal Ahmed Syed is a lion in sheep’s clothing. His roar whispers with the attar of lilies and his sighs sting with gunpowder’s reek. “A parade of wounded horses” follows him across minefields of love and mortality as he traverses the hotels and scaffolds, the cages and gates, of poetry and identity.
— Jeffrey Cyphers Wright


Date: Saturday, 2nd November, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Friday, 1st November 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F on the first Friday of November for an open mic session featuring emerging talent.

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, and props. Look for our host, KC Leftblank, who will put your name down on the list. Musicians get 15 minutes/3 songs and everyone else gets 10 minutes.

First Fridays: Open Mic Night

Date: Friday, 1st November, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Various Sentences: A Group Show Featuring 15 Artists

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Opening Night: Tuesday, 29st October 2013 | 5:00 pm

Join us at Faraar for Various Sentences, an art exhibition featuring the works of 15 young artists.

Various Sentences

Opening Date: Tuesday, 29th October, 2013
Opening Time: 5:00 pm
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm daily
Venue: Faraar Gallery
Address | Map


Now at T2F: The Last Word

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The Last Word has brought you the most exquisite books available anywhere in the world. We have painstakingly selected the finest literature, most topical non-fiction, and cutting edge books on Art and Culture. The Last Word caters to a sophisticated readership that thrives on ideas, creativity and explosive concepts.

Please support T2F’s vision of Intellectual Poverty Alleviation
by purchasing books from our bookstore. All proceeds are used to fund our literary programs.

TLW2


The Gharana Series Finale: Two Maestros In Concert

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Sunday, 27th October 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of tabla and sitar solos by the country’s finest musicians, Ustad Khurshid Hussain and Sajid Hussain. Accompanying each other in their solos, the two maestros will demonstrate the splendour of many of the gharanas of both sur and taal.

Don’t miss this rare union of musical virtuosos.

Ustad Khurshid Hussain and Sajid 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. Ustad Khurshid Hussain 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, and Farida Khanum. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.

Sajid Hussain
Sajid Hussain, is the disciple of his father, Ustad Fida Hussain, and his uncle, Ustad Kabir Khan. Belonging to the Senia Gharana that traces its roots to Mian Tansen, Sajid Hussain began to play the sitar at the age of 16. He has performed for radio, television and music festivals such as the All Pakistan Music Conference. Sajid Hussain is one of the senior artistes and composers in the new ensemble, Tarz Group, which comprises of classically trained musicians who present South Asian musical heritage in a new orchestral style. In addition to performances, Sajid Hussain has focused his attention on educating his children in the art that is his ancestral inheritance. He is one of the few remaining sitar maestros of Pakistan and his artistry lies not only in his playing but also in his magnificent compositions.

Date: Sunday, 27th October, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 700
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Qavvaali featuring Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Sunday, 20th October 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of qavvaali featuring Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi.

Hailing from the Atrauli Gharana, Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi are amongst the finest contemporary practitioners of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s kalaam. The progeny of the late, critically acclaimed Moin Niazi, recipient of a Pride of Performance award, the troupe has performed widely across the subcontinent, from Pakpattan to Dhaka.

Taj & Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Date: Sunday, 20th October, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 300
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Shorter Attention Spans and Tighter Wallets: Is Investigative Journalism Doomed?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Sunday, 6th October 2013 | 6:00 pm

Innovations in communication technologies and the rise of citizen journalism are disrupting the way we consume and share information. The space for ‘traditional’ news reporting is shrinking and newspapers around the world are particularly affected as they cut back on salaries and staff.

What does this mean for investigative journalism? Is there even a need for long-form journalism in the age of social media and 24/7 television news? Do laws governing the industry act as prohibitive catalysts against investigative reporting?

Stephen FranklinJoin us at T2F for a Mind Your Media Talk by Stephen Franklin on the future of investigative journalism in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

Stephen Franklin is a former labor writer and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He has also trained journalists in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and has created an online course for Arab journalists to cover labor and economic issues. Currently in Pakistan to train reporters, Mr Franklin will also talk about particularities of credible reporting in the country in the context of the ongoing political and security flux.

About Stephen Franklin

Stephen Franklin is an award winning investigative journalist, most notably with the Chicago Tribune. He has reported from Central and Latin America and over a decade living in and reporting from the Middle East as bureau chief for the Tribune. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he is an expert on issues like source protection, media intimidation and investigative techniques and is ethnic news director for the Community Media Workshop in Chicago. In addition to training journalists around the world, Stephen teaches at the School of Labor and Employee Relations at the University of Illinois and is the author of “Three Strikes: Labor’s Heartland Losses and What They Mean for Working Americans.”

Mind Your Media is a project of the Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism and PeaceNiche. The initiative’s debate and lecture series will bring together decision makers at top news organisations, journalists and activists to explore the media landscape and the ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.

Date: Sunday, 6th October, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


In the Company of a Poet: Azra Abbas in Conversation with Mohammed Hanif

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Saturday, 5th October 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of Urdu poetry readings and conversation with Azra Abbas. The session will be hosted by author and journalist, Mohammed Hanif.

Azra AbbasPoet and fiction writer, Azra Abbas was born in Karachi and did her Masters from Karachi University. She shot to prominence when “Neend Ki Musaftain” a stream-of-consciousness, long feminist prose poem was published in 1981. Later collections, including “Mez Par Rakhay Haath” and “Mayn Lineain Khenchti Hoon”, established her unique and unconventional style, often focussing on the mundane and commonplace experiences of life which were not considered the subject of poetry.

ایک اور کتاب جو پھر آگے بڑھتی زندگی کو جو سفاکانہ مجھ پر وار کر رہی تھی کا عکس تھی میں لائینیں کھینچتی ہوں کے نام سے آئی، اعتراضات کی ایک لمبی قطار نےمجھے گھیر لیا کیا دوست کیا دشمن سب میری نظموں کو بےحیائی کانام دے کر مجھ پر ٹوٹ پڑے-بہر حال زندہ تو رہنا تھا- اور لکھتے رہنا تھا تو لکھتی رہی

Azra recorded her impressions of her childhood in the poetic and unusual memoir “Mera Bachpan”. Her short stories, “Raastay Mujhay Bulatay Hain” and a novella “Main aur Moosa” have struck an extraordinary note. Her latest book is the collection “Hairat Kay Us Paar” and two of her books have been translated into English.

ابھی سفر باقی ہے اور لکھنا بھی جاری ہے دیکھئے کس شکل میں سامنے آتا ہے”

Read more about Azra in this piece:
Azra Abbas: The Invincible Woman

Date: Saturday, 5th October, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Paris Hilton vs The Poor Poet: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Farid Gul

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Thursday, 10th October 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with poet, Farid Gul.

Farid GulFarid Gul, born in Peshawar, is an English language poet from the Mohmand tribe. A graduate in Criminology and Social Work, Farid has worked with vulnerable children and at-risk youth in the United Kingdom. He currently lives in Pakistan.

Paris Hilton vs the Poor Poet and Other Poems is Farid’s debut collection of poetry which, in the words of Aamer Hussein, is an exuberant work that alternates social observation with romantic reflection and sincerity with mischief and irony.

Date: Thursday, 10th October, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.