Archive for January, 2014

Cinema for Change: Blackfish

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Sunday, 2nd February 2014 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for the screening of Blackfish, a mesmerizing psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre and the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Blackfish

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Producer: Manny Oteyza
Running Time: 90 minutes

We are grateful to Andrew Johnson at NBC Universal for providing permission for a public screening at T2F.

Date: Sunday, 2nd February, 2014
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.


The Silken Bow: A Concert featuring Eastern Classical Violinist, Islamuddin Meer

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Sunday, 26th January 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a classical violin performance by Islamuddin Meer, who will be accompanied on tabla by Yousuf Kerai.

Islamuddin Meer & Yousuf KeraiIslamuddin Meer’s initial instruction in music came from his brother-in-law, Ustad Nathu Khan, from whom he learned to play the harmonium. His knowledge of classical music was broadened by his father, Ustad Noor Khan, an established sarangi player for Radio Pakistan Karachi. Alongside, he was taught the violin by his elder brother, Abdul Shakoor.

From 1969 to 1979, Islamuddin Meer served as a violinist for Radio Pakistan Karachi and for the Pakistani film industry. He subsequently had the opportunity to perform abroad as a violinist and ghazal singer. For 24 years he travelled back and forth, and during this time, maintained his position as composer for the audio company, Sonic. Since 2004 he has been in Pakistan, performing for television. In his extensive musical career, he has worked with prestigious musicians such as Nazar Hussain, Ustad Umrao Bundo Khan, Ustad Hamid Hussain, Ustad Kabir Khan, and Ustad Ghulam Mohiuddin Khan.

Currently Islamuddin Meer 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.

Islamuddin Meer will be accompanied on tabla by Yousuf Kerai. Yousuf learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. At the age of sixteen, he was accepted as a student of Ustad Khurshid Hussain and has been playing tabla ever since. Yousuf is the founder of Tarz Group and is committed to finding innovative ways for our musical heritage to adapt and grow in value so that it can be passed on to future generations as an integral part of our South Asian identity.

Date: Sunday, 26th January, 2014
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.


XL: An Exhibition of Paintings by Sara Bakhtiyar

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Opening: Friday, 17th January 2014 | Closing: Friday, 31st January 2014

XL by Sara Bakhtiyar

Dates: 17th January – 31st January 2014
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | Faraar Gallery
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The Crown of Dreams: Azfar Moin in Conversation with Kamran Asdar

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Thursday, 16th January 2014 | 7:00 pm

The Crown of Dreams: Sufis and Princes in Timurid South Asia and Iran

When the Mughal padishahs Babur (d. 1530) and Humayun (d. 1556) sought the aid of the Safavid rulers of Iran, they had to offer themselves as devotees (murids) to the Persian shahs. What was the significance of this Sufi-like act of submission, which acknowledged the Safavids as both earthly rulers and spiritual sovereigns? How did it shape the history of the Mughal empire?

Join us at T2F as Azfar Moin, author of The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam, discusses answers to these questions with Kamran Asdar.

About the Book

The Millennial SovereignAt the end of the sixteenth century and the turn of the first Islamic millennium, the powerful Mughal emperor Akbar declared himself the saint of the age. Yet the Mughal emperor was not alone in doing so. In his book, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam, A. Azfar Moin explores why Muslim sovereigns in this period began to imitate the exalted nature of Sufi saints. He shows how the charismatic pull of sainthood (wilayat) – rather than the draw of religious law or holy war – inspired a new style of sovereignty in Iran and South Asia.

About the Author

A. Azfar Moin is assistant professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. His research and writing focuses on early-modern South Asia and the Islamic world.

Date: Thursday, 16th January, 2014
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.


Film Screening: Lamha (Seedlings) at Bose Screening Room

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Thursday, 16th January 2014 | 8:00 pm

Seedlings

Date: Thursday, 16th January, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 600
Venue: Bose Screening Room


Packing Pakistan: Hands-On with Artist, David Greg Harth

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Wednesday, 15th January 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an interactive session with New York-based artist, David Greg Harth who will share his artwork and videos, talk about his ongoing projects, and conduct a participatory project with the audience.

Packing Pakistan

In addition to showcasing his work, David Greg Harth, who goes by Harth, will also conduct a site and time specific participatory project with the audience called “Packing Pakistan”.

© 2012 David Greg Harth“With this project, I intend to interact with the local community and invite anyone who attends the lecture to participate. As a New Yorker and citizen of the USA, it is not often I get to experience such places as Karachi. My perception may be skewed by the Western media. I’d like to create a dialogue with the people I meet. I will have an empty suitcase with me. I invite any attendee to contribute something to this suitcase. Bring something to the lecture that can fit in the suitcase. Something small but something very meaningful and personal to yourself. Something that is significant to you and something you wish for me to remember you by and remember my experience in Karachi. I will take all these contributions back to New York with me and will document the project on my website and make a small book. This book will be composed of photographs of these objects and stories about the people I meet. Every participant will receive a copy of the book, signed and dated by the artist.

  • Any number of participants in the project are welcome.
  • One needs to contribute an object and their first and last name to be included in the project.
  • Object has to be able to be legally transported by the artist, David Greg Harth, in a suitcase from Karachi, Pakistan to New York, USA. No illegal objects. (No food, no organic material, etc.)
  • Object should be small and important/meaningful/significant to the person.
  • Upon giving me the object, participant agrees to tell me why this object is significant to them.
  • Harth will keep the objects.
  • Participant agrees to allow Harth to photograph the object and use their full name on the website and in the book.
  • If the participant wants the final signed & dated book that Harth makes sent to them, they must provide a mailing address and email address. Harth will pay shipping costs. The book will be completed sometime in 2014.

Artist’s Statement

I work across a diverse spectrum of media including performance, video, installation, drawing and photography. My work is often time-based and frequently requires public participation. I create unexpected juxtapositions, employing elements of tension and ambiguity in social situations to provoke dialogues on contemporary issues. I explore culture, politics, religion, sexuality, fame and consumerism in my work.

Frequently, my work involves gathering information, documenting, and producing records of subjects ranging from current world, social and economic events, to more specific personal experiences. Often, the process of creating the artwork is as important as the final work itself.

The participatory nature of my work is often crucial – for instance, people signing my Bible, taking a portrait with me in a photo booth or eating a burger with me.

My work is often time-based and long term. For my project “World News Tonight”, I collected material for 15 years.“The Holy Bible Project,”  is a 20-year-long artwork in progress. The “Every Person Project” will go on until forever.

In my performances, I create unusual tensions in a common environment. I often put my own body through strenuous activity to explore fragility, struggle and adversity in social and personal situations. I infiltrate the public realm with live street actions and interactive projects, transgressing and questioning social boundaries.

My Thinkways drawings are lines on paper or walls with complex overlapping lines, challenging intersections, fluid curves or straight parallels. They resemble the interweaving nature of circulatory and neurological systems, highways and roads.

Date: Wednesday, 15th January, 2014
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.


In Our Own Write: Spoken Word Prose and Poetry Performances

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Tuesday, 14th January 2014 | 6:30 pm

In Our Own Write

Date: Tuesday, 14th January, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 200
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The Other Half of Tomorrow: A Tribute to Samina Quraeshi

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Sunday, 12th January 2014 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a tribute to visual artist, author and filmmaker Samina Quraeshi. The memorial program will feature a film screening of Samina’s last project, The Other Half of Tomorrow, a series of short documentaries about women in Pakistan co-directed with her daughter Sadia Shepard, as well as remembrances from colleagues and friends.

Samina Quraeshi is the author four award-winning illustrated books about Pakistan: Legacy of the Indus (1978), Lahore: The City Within (1987), Legends of the Indus (2005) and Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus (2010). In 2006, she received the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s National Medal of Excellence, for her work in cultural preservation.

Samina Quraeshi

Samina devoted her career to integrating design, education, cultural diplomacy and authorship to express communities’ distinct cultural voices. Her multidisciplinary practice included architecture, design, illustrated books, and visual art, and her commitment to public service included high profile assignments in the US federal government – as chairperson of Design Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1994 to 1997 – as well as professorial appointments at the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami, and Harvard University.

Through paintings, books, teaching, and public speaking, Samina was a charismatic and persuasive advocate for inter-cultural understanding, inter-disciplinary education, and the vital importance of art and culture to the wider world, with special attention to creative placemaking and how society and place shape identity.

The Other Half of TomorrowSamina was raised in Karachi and traveled to the United States as a foreign student in the 1960s. In 1978 she founded S/Q Design with her husband, architect Richard Shepard, an architecture and graphic design firm in Boston. The two of them spent the next forty years designing residential and commercial environments in the US and Pakistan as well as books, exhibitions, and lecture series that informed and deepened audiences’ understanding of Pakistan and Sufi Muslim culture. Essential to their approach was the synthesis of cultural and place-based research to enlist community members in the improvement of public spaces. A powerful storyteller, Samina used her ability to engage an audience to build consensus around design interventions, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse.

Samina remained passionate about her two homes, Pakistan and the United States, and the possibilities of art to bridge the distance between them. In 2010, Samina began a documentary film project about women in Pakistan working for social change, The Other Half of Tomorrow, in collaboration with her daughter Sadia Shepard and son in law Andreas Burgess. She was eager to create more nuanced narratives of Pakistan and to expand the idea of what it means to be a Pakistani woman.

The Other Half of Tomorrow

Date: Sunday, 12th January, 2014
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.


Rationally Speaking: An Evening with Pervez Hoodbhoy

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Friday, 10th January 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening with Pervez Hoodbhoy as he shares his new project, ‘The Eqbal Ahmad Centre for Public Education’, and highlights the perils of Karachi’s new nuclear power plants.

The Eqbal Ahmad Centre for Public Education Website seeks to foster the use of science and reason to understand nature and society and so better enable citizens to participate fully in the political, social, economic, and cultural life of their society; to exercise their democratic rights and responsibilities; to value human rights, democracy and the rule of law; to promote cultural and religious diversity; to raise awareness of global issues and the natural environment; and to advance the goals of international peace and justice.

Karachi’s Nuclear Power Plants
Can Karachi deal with a nuclear accident – even a relatively small one? Two massive nuclear reactors of untested design are shortly to be installed by China on the beachfront of a megapolis teeming with 20 million people. Will they be safer than Japan’s Fukushima reactors? Will they be able to survive malfunction or a terrorist attack?

Pervez HoodbhoyPervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is distinguished professor of physics and mathematics at Forman Christian College-University in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees, all from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Subsequently he taught for 37 years at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He is a recipient of the Baker Award for Electronics and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. He was visiting professor at MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science.

In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists. In 2010, Dr. Hoodbhoy received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, he was included in the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. As the head of Mashal Books in Lahore, he leads a major translation effort to produce books in Urdu that promote modern thought, human rights, and emancipation of women. In 2013, he was appointed as member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament.

Date: Friday, 10th January, 2014
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 Shatranj ki Baazi

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Saturday, 11th January 2014 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a dramatic rendition of Munshi Premchand’s short story, “Shatranj ki Baazi”, with music direction by Yousuf Kerai.

Originally written in Hindi as “Shatranj ke Khilari” by Munshi Premchand and published in 1924, Shatranj ki Baazi was re-titled and translated into Urdu by the author and published sometime before 1928. Set in Lucknow in the last days of Nawab Vajid Ali Shah, the story centres around the jaagirdaars (landowners) Mirza Sajjad Ali and Mir Roshan Ali, and their obsession with chess in the face of the rapidly deteriorating political, social and cultural conditions of Awadh.

Shatranj ki Baazi

Performances
Syed Meesam Naqvi
Nazr-ul-Hasan
Asma Mundrawala
Mahvash Faruqi

Music and Sound
Music Direction: Yousuf Kerai
Tabla: Ustaad Khurshid Hussain
Sarangi: Gul Mohammad Hussain
Sound Cues: Seher Naveed

Poster Design
Naheed Yahya and Asma Mundrawala

Sound Design and Direction
Asma Mundrawala

Date: Saturday, 11th January, 2014
Time: 7:00 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.