Archive for March, 2015

A Journey Through the Music of South Asia

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Friday, 20th March 2015 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F as Yousuf Kerai and Shehroze Hussain present the enchanting world of rhythm and melody in South Asian music.

It is imperative, now more than ever, that the subtleties and nuances of our music be shared and cherished. Appreciating our cultural inheritance poses challenges owing to the lack of exposure to South Asian music and the pervasive, disguised version of it that is available courtesy Bollywood. Spanning over a thousand years, evolving with each new invading culture, the music of South Asia represents dynamics of an extremely diverse and rich cultural history. The nuances of various geographic regions, the idiosyncrasies of social interactions, and the philosophies that have transpired in the subcontinent, are all reflected in this musical tradition. Join Yousuf and Shehroze as they take you through the enchanting world of melody and rhythm in South Asian music.

Journey Through South Asian Music

This event is a fundraiser for the Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation (ACF), a non-profit organization rescuing and rehabilitating stray injured animals and working with other marginalized communities that society normally ignores. For more information, please visit the ACF Facebook page.

Yousuf Kerai 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 a student of tabla for over t 16 years. He currently serves as Academic Supervisor at Haque Academy, conducting teacher training and teaching Additional Mathematics. He also conducts lecture demonstrations on South Asian music and has taught electives at Aga Khan University on South Asian music. Yousuf is the founder of the 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.

Shehroze Hussain is the eldest son of sitar maestro Ustad Sajid Hussain of the Senia Gharana. Shehroze started learning sitar at the age of six and has performed at a range of private and public venues such as Sampurna, All Pakistan Music Conference, Tehzeeb Foundation 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. For the last four years he has been a star performer, alongside his father, in the classical ensemble, Tarz Group, led by Yousuf Kerai. He is currently a student at Haque Academy, in his final year of the O-Level program. 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.

Date: Friday, 20th March 2015
Time: 7:30 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.

Dargaahi Qavvaali featuring the Saami Brothers

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Sunday, 15th March 2015 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of rivaayti qavvaali featuring the Saami Brothers.

The Saami Brothers were trained in classical music and the art of qavvaali under the rigorous tutelage of Munshi Raziuddin Khan and their father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. Keeping the flame of the Qavvaal Baccha Gharana alive, the Saami Brothers are well versed in a number of languages, and weave various genres of eastern classical music beautifully into their qavvaali performances.

Saami Brothers

Date: Sunday, 15th March 2015
Time: 7:30 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.

Travelling Film Southasia: A Festival of South Asian Documentaries

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March 2015 | 4:00 pm onwards

T2F is excited to present the ninth edition of Travelling Film Southasia 2014 (TFSA), in collaboration with Film Southasia, Kathmandu.

The festival is a showcase of outstanding documentaries from the region, produced in the last two years. The films have been selected from 34 documentary and non-fiction films screened in the competitive section of Film Southasia 2013, held in Kathmandu, Nepal.


The 8 documentaries that will be screened at T2F, span a diverse range of subjects and issues. No. 62 Pansodan Street (Burma) presents a quiet and sensitive documentation of a spacious old colonial building, now peeling and crumbling and its assorted residents who slum it out. No Burqas Behind Bars (Afghanistan) provides a rare glimpse inside one of the world’s most restricted environments; the Afghan women’s prison and how ‘moral matters’ are used to control women in contemporary society. The Story of One (Sri Lanka) explores the stories of the ‘disappeared’ during the war that raged in Sri Lanka during the 1990s and how parents and communities polarized by violence re-learn to live together in present-day Batticaloa. On a very different tangent, Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls (Burma) presents an insightful and entertaining story of Burma’s first girl band who face all the challenges of a music career including overcoming stage fright. My Punjabi Love for You (Pakistan) is a behind-the-scenes film of a music video which is both an emotional journey and an action-based narrative that subverts dominant gender narratives in contemporary Pakistani culture. Who Will Be A Gurkha (Nepal) is a behind-the-scenes look at a recruitment camp as young men compete to join the elite British army brigade. The chilling No Fire Zone (Sri Lanka) meticulously documents human rights violations in the last days of the Sri Lankan war.

TFSA has now travelled nine times following the first Film Southasia Festival held in September 1997, going to an average of 50 locations all over the world. At each of the screenings, TFSA has been appreciated for its ability to encapsulate South Asian issues and concerns, sensitizing audiences at home and overseas. This year’s series includes several of the award winners at Film SouthAsia 2013 as well as other films selected to showcase the variety, treatment and intensity that marks the world of South Asian documentaries and non-fiction.


Saturday, 7th March 2015

4:15 pm: Invoking Justice (86 mins)
India | 2011 | Directed by Deepa Dhanraj

5:50 pm: No. 62 Pansodan Street (12 mins)
Burma | 2013 | Directed by Cho Phyone

6:15 pm: No Fire Zone (93 mins)
Sri Lanka | 2013 | Directed by Callum Macrae

8:00 pm: My Punjabi Love for You (17 mins)
Pakistan | 2013 | Directed by Adnan Malik

Sunday, 8th March 2015

4:15 pm: No Burqas Behind Bars (77 mins)
Afghanistan | 2012 | Directed by Nima Sarvestani

5:40 pm: Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls (75 mins)
Burma | 2012 | Directed by Juliet Lamont

7:05 pm: The Story of One (19 mins)
Sri Lanka | 2012 | Directed by Kannan Arunasalam

7:35 pm: Who will be a Gurkha (75 mins)
Nepal | 2012 | Directed by Kesang Tseten

Date: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March 2015
Time: 4:00 pm onwards
Entry: Rs. 200 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.

Live In Concert: Mahaphon Clang

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 | 7:00 pm

Mahaphon Clang is a collaboration between Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham and German quartet Lautstark!4. Maha in Sanskrit means great, phon is the physical unit for the perceived level of loudness and clang is just clang 🙂

The Ensemble

Ramesh Shotham: Percussion and Voice
Jan F. Kurth: Voice
Matthias Kurth: Electric Guitar
Lutz Streun: Saxophone and Clarinets
Demian Kappenstein: Drums

Mahaphon Clang’s sound is best described as multi-folkloral urban improvisational music. It is determined by constantly changing external influences and shifts with each concert, each spontaneous session, and each inspiration or encounter.

Mahaphon Clang

Date: Tuesday, 3rd March 2015
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.

In Conversation with Laurent Gayer

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Monday, 2nd March 2015 | 7:00 pm

Desi Writers’ Lounge and T2F are excited to invite you to an evening with Laurent Gayer, author of Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City.

Laurent GayerLaurent Gayer will be in conversation with Sabin Agha about urban violence in South Asia, how it affects the life of multiethnic communities in metro cities, and how a new wave of terrorism is changing the nature and scope of urban violence.

Laurent Gayer is a research fellow at the Centre national de la recherché scientifique (CNRS), currently posted to the Centre d’etudes et de recherché internationals (CERI- Sciences Po), Paris. His major publications include Armed Militias of South Asia: Fundamentalists, Maoists and Separatists, and Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation.

Sabin Agha is a journalist, documentary film producer and a media trainer. She has been a broadcast journalist for the past 14 years, covering the beats of politics and crime. As a freelance documentary film producer, she has worked on documentaries like “Defenders of Karachi”, “Ross Kemp Extreme World: Karachi”, and most recently “Every Last Child”, directed by award winning film director Tom Roberts.

Date: Monday, 2nd March 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.