Archive for November, 2013

Arieb Azhar: Live and Unplugged

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Monday, 2nd December 2013 | 7:00 pm

We are very excited to host Arieb Azhar and his band at T2F this Monday. Join us for an evening of raw, unplugged, acoustic music featuring the best of Pakistani musical talent.

Arieb’s Azhar’s musical journey started as a child when he discovered that people paid attention when he expressed himself vocally. His parents were involved in television and theatre and he was exposed to a range of musical expressions at a young age. The folk and classical music he listened to in his early years influenced and nurtured his love for traditional music. He picked up the guitar in his teens as a simple, acoustic accompaniment for his voice. During this period of his life, Arieb was greatly influenced by the humanist poetry of Faiz and Sheikh Ayaz, and by the revolutionary music and poetry of Latin America. He often performed and sang for left-wing student functions and political rallies in Karachi and interior Sindh.

Arieb Azhar

Arieb spent 13 years in Croatia where he played with various world music troupes and headed his own band of Irish Celtic Music. He returned to Pakistan in 2004 to reconnect with his roots and to continue his musical journey. He has performed at major venues and festivals and was also featured on two seasons of Coke Studio. Arieb has also performed abroad in various festivals and projects in the UK, USA, Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Kyrgyzstan and India.

Akmal Qadri, a flute wizard, is the son of the renowned flute player Sain Ditta Qadri and grandson of the legendary folk instrumentalist Sain Marna. With his classical knowledge of South Asian music and his talent for improvisation, Akmal has performed at festivals and venues in Pakistan and abroad with top classical, folk and jazz musicians.

Zeeshan Mansoor perfected his skills as a lead guitar player in the clubs of London. He has a keen interest in the folk music of Pakistan and complements Arieb’s music with dazzling guitar solos that have a distinct blues and reggae groove.

Kashif Ali Dani is the nephew of the late classical maestro, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and hails from the Sham Chaurasi Gharana of music. He is one of the most skilled tabla players of the country and is able to alternate from a pure classical sound to a completely experimental percussive sound.

Zain Ali is the youngest member of the band and is a guitar and bass maestro. His musical genius lies in his unconventional chords and rich understanding of music.

Date: Monday, 2nd December, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 500
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Karachi: Where the Streets Have Two Names

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Sunday, 1st December 2013 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk by Nazish Brohi as she takes us on a journey through the streets of Karachi and explores politics, power, and resistance through women’s narratives.

Women’s narratives contour a critical cartography of the city, an experiencing of landscapes through personal histories and political memories. The streets women travel through, the neighborhoods they live in, the places they visit, are not just neutral geographical coordinates but sites for mapping ‘capillaries of power’. Understanding how power operates in everyday lives allows conceptualizing a resistance and agency also embedded in everyday lives.

About the Speaker

Nazish BrohiNazish Brohi has 15 years of experience in the social sector in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her research interests are gender; violence; conflict and the state. Her on-going work is in Swat and Balochistan. She has authored ‘The MMA Offensive’ on the rise of political Islam, taught Women’s Studies at the Quaid-e-Azam University, headed the women’s rights program at ActionAid International Pakistan, and is an activist with the Women’s Action Forum.

Date: Sunday, 1st December, 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.


Ali as History, Ali as Metaphor: A Lecture by Dr. Nomanul Haq

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Tuesday, 26th November 2013 | 7:00 pm

Keyed to the month of Muharram, this lecture by Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq undertakes a purely literary discourse. It traces a poetic journey – the journey of the monumental figure of Hazrat Ali from the domain of history to the domain of metaphor and symbolism. The speaker considers this process as embodying the elevation of a real, as opposed to mythological, personage from the realm bounded by space and time to that which is transcendental. In this discourse, doctrinal and theological issues will remain incidental. Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq will particularly discuss Ghalib and Iqbal in detail.

About the Speaker

Dr. Syed Nomanul HaqDr. Syed Nomanul Haq is a historian, noted especially for his contributions to the fields of Islamic history, Islamic philosophy, and literature in Muslim societies. General Editor of OUP’s Studies in Islamic Philosophy series, he has been a senior faculty member of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and has now joined IBA Karachi as Professor and Advisor to steer its Social Sciences and Liberal Arts initiative.

Having previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution, he continues to hold a formal faculty status there. He has been trained at University College London, as well as Harvard where he also won a postdoctoral fellowship before taking up a professorial appointment at Brown University. A former Scholar-in-Residence at the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), he shared the prestigious Waldo Leland Prize of the American Historical Association for his writings in The New Cambridge History of Islam. Dr Nomanul Haq has published very widely and his works have been carried by some of the world’s top research journals and prestigious publishers.

Date: Tuesday, 26th 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
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Na Maaloom Afraad aur Karachi ke Haalaat

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Sunday, 24th November 2013 | 3:00 pm

Join us at Karachi Arts Council for a conversation with five citizens of Karachi to explore structural issues and realistic solutions to get Karachi off “the most dangerous megacities in the world” list.

Over the course of our discussion, we will explore three interconnected components: crime, land and politics. While violence has been a part of politics in Karachi, the political parties involved were in centralised control. Today, the conflicts have broadened, central control has weakened, and the number of power players have increased. The result is a city where violence has become central to the way that power is exercised. Why is the scale of violence in 2013 so much larger than the violence in the 1990s and what, if anything, can be done to manage it?

This conversation is part of the Pursukoon Karachi initiative; a three day celebration of the joys of the city through the lens of art, music, film, poetry, and dialogue.

Na Maaloom Afraad aur Karachi ke Haalaat

Our Panelists

  • Alauddin Khanzada is Karachi’s Bureau Chief for AbbTakk TV.
  • Haris Gazdar founded the Collective for Social Science Research and works on social policy and political economy issues.
  • Norbert Almeida is a security analyst.
  • Roland deSouza is an activist and founding member of Shehri.
  • Zohra Yusuf is the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

The session will be moderated by Yusra Askari and Sabeen Mahmud.

Pursukoon Karachi emanated from the anger and helplessness that the artists community felt at the interminable and brutal killings, bombings, destruction and general chaos in the city. From a core group of seven people, Pursukoon Karachi has expanded into a large, motivated group of 200 plus participants, all driven by a desire to see a peaceful, thriving and prosperous Karachi.

Date: Sunday, 24th November, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Karachi Arts Council Auditorium


Ethics in the Field: The Realities of Reporting in Pakistan

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Saturday, 9th November 2013 | 7:00 pm

Pakistan is amongst the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Our reporters face myriad pressures on the job; not just from state and non-state actors but also from demanding newsrooms on a shrinking budget. They are typically undertrained and underpaid, and work in an unprofessional, unregulated environment where salary delays are common.

How do these factors affect the news you read and watch? Why do news reports often appear to be incomplete or insensitive? Does a reporter’s work environment have any impact on the impartiality of news?

Join us at T2F for an interactive session with reporters and editors as they discuss the constraints they face in a rapidly evolving news media landscape. Hear directly from reporters about the challenges they face whilst reporting in a country plagued with violence, often directed at them, and share your thoughts about what needs to be done to improve ethical standards in the media industry.

Our Moderator and Panelists

  • Adnan Rehmat is a media analyst and Director Media Development at Civic Action Resources.
  • Hina Mahgul Rind is a business reporter with The News International.
  • Imtiaz Ali reports on crime and security in Karachi for Dawn.
  • Iqbal Khattak is the bureau chief of Daily Times, Peshawar and Pakistan’s representative of Reporters Without Borders.
  • Kamal Siddiqi is the editor of The Express Tribune.
  • Riffat Saeed is the bureau chief of Aaj News TV in Karachi.

Mind Your Media

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 ethical challenges faced by the news media in Pakistan.


Date: Saturday, 9th 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
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


An Evening of Readings with Khalid Ahmad

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Friday, 8th November 2013 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of prose and poetry readings with Khalid Ahmad, who will read from the works of Ghalib, Manto, Nazeer Akbarabadi, and Akhtar ul Iman.

Khalid Ahmad

With a Masters degree from the University of California, Davis, Khalid Ahmad was initially trained as an Engineer and taught at NED University, Karachi for several years. All this while, his interest in theatre and television continued to grow. In 1981, he finally decided to switch careers and went to study theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon his return, he devoted himself to the performing arts. Khalid currently heads the Dramatic Studies department at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, where he teaches voice and acting.

Date: Friday, 8th 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
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Celebrating Jaun Elia

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Thursday, 7th November 2013 | 7:00 pm

November 8th 2013 marks the eleventh death anniversary of one the most iconoclastic Urdu poets. Rarely have poets enjoyed a cult following like that of Jaun Elia, whose unique expressions sparkle with an originality that stands out within the traditional form of ghazal.

Join us at T2F on the eve of Jaun Elia’s death anniversary, as poet, writer and journalist, Shamil Shams shares his memories of his mentor with Peerzada Salman.

Obaidullah Aleem and Jaun Elia
Obaidullah Aleem and Jaun Elia

Shamil Shams works for Radio Deutsche Welle’s Urdu and Asian English services in Bonn, Germany. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MA in English Literature from Karachi University. He has worked for The News, and has written for Dawn, Newsline and other Pakistani magazines and newspapers.

Peerzada Salman is a senior reporter with Dawn.

Date: Thursday, 7th 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
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.