Archive for April, 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015


Sarah Sarhandi & Aamir Zaki: Live In Concert

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Monday, 27th April 2015 | 7:30 pm

Sarah Sarhandi, a prominent British contemporary composer and virtuoso violist received a grant from Arts Council UK/British Council (Artists International Development Fund) in March this year for a collaborative composition in Pakistan with Aamir Zaki, the legendary Pakistani guitarist and composer.

Their concert at T2F is the culmination of a three week intensive creative process in Karachi writing, recording and absorbing the influences of their environment and learning from each other. Aamir is Sarah’s host and guide in this complex and thrilling megacity. Sarah is experiencing and responding with fresh eyes and ears in the city she loves and is viscerally connected to – as multilayered and complex as London where she currently lives.

Together they will take their audience on a new musical experience that has its roots in ancient musical systems of the east and west, is grounded in the present, and looks with hope and excitement to the future.

Sarah & Aamir

Date: Monday, 27th April, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 800
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Music: Live at T2F

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Saturday, 25th April 2015 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of live performances featuring:

Alien Panda Jury
Mudassir Sheikh

Alien Panda Jury Etc

Date: Saturday, 25th April, 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.

Music Workshop: A Masterclass in Stage Presence and Performance

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Saturdy, 25th April 2015 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

With a diverse mix of producers and musicians becoming popular in recent years, the music industry seems to be representative of a wide array of people. However, the industry is lacking in an extremely important aspect: representation of female-identifying artists.

This music workshop conducted at T2F by international artists and comprising of vocalists, percussionists and bass guitarists with a background in jazz, theatre, TV and concerts, hopes to address this gap by encouraging aspiring female musicians and giving them a masterclass on stage presence and performance.

Although aimed at pulling in female musicians, this workshop is open for anyone who hopes to pursue a career in music.

Music Masterclass

Date: Saturday, 25th April, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 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.

Unsilencing Balochistan (Take 2)

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Friday, 24th April 2015 | 6:30 pm

Join us at T2F for a conversation with Mama Qadeer, Farzana Baloch, Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, Wusat Ullah Khan and Malik Siraj Akbar.
In October 2013, Mama Qadeer began a long march from Quetta to Karachi, to press authorities to release “missing Baloch political activists” and to discard their policy of “killing and dumping” missing Baloch activists. On foot, and pushing a cart with portraits of those who went missing, Qadeer and his band of unarmed followers marched first to Karachi, and then to Islamabad, to raise awareness of their lived realities in Balochistan.

Long March for Baloch Missing Persons 
Photo Credit: Syed Ali Shah (DAWN)

This march opened new avenues of discussion and debate around the issue of missing Baloch activists – some argued that the phenomenon did not exist before while others believed that there was a systematic shut down of news emanating from Balochistan. Some claimed sedition carried such punishments, others argued this was systematic murder of Baloch men and youth.
Despite the plurality of opinion, very little space seems to be given to the discussion in Pakistani mainstream media or academia; the debate seems to be shut down before it can even begin. What is the reality? Has the media been silenced on Balochistan? What makes it dangerous for us to talk about Pakistan’s largest province at one of our most celebrated universities? What constitutes national interest? Does Mama Qadeer represent separatists’ interests? What are the mechanics of reportage? Have human stories been shunned? What are the casualties on all sides? How does Chinese investment affect Balochistan and its people’s struggles?
In the spirit of academic enquiry, we invite you to an open and honest discussion about Balochistan with those who marched from Quetta to Islamabad, followed by a session on Balochistan in the media.
To make this a more inclusive discussion, we welcome all questions asked, not only at the event, but also via email. Send us your questions at by Thursday 23rd April, 2015 and we will include the ones most frequently asked.
Session 1: Q&A with the Baloch long march leaders
Session 2: Balochistan in the media

Date: Friday, 24th April 2015
Time: 6:30 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.

Shakespeare Rules! But Why?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Thursday, 9th April 2015 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a conversation between Syed Nomanul Haq and Framji Minwalla as they discuss Shakespeare’s enduring influence.

A cultural historian and a scholar of dramatic arts engage in an informal exchange about William Shakespeare’s endurance over so many centuries. Why does Shakespeare continue to rule in so many creative worlds — the worlds of literature, poetry and dramatic arts? Is this sheer magic and therefore mysterious, or can we explain the phenomenon by means of the analytical tools of literary and art criticism?

Shakespeare Rules

Dr 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 Oxford University Press’ Studies in Islamic Philosophy series, he remained a senior faculty member for several years at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and subsequently joined the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi as Professor and Advisor to steer its Social Sciences and Liberal Arts initiative. Having previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, he continues to hold a formal faculty status there, along with holding a Senior Visiting Professor rank at the Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in Malaysia. Dr Nomanul Haq has been educated at University College London, as well as at Harvard. Dr Nomanul Haq’s works have been published widely and have been carried by some of the world’s top research journals and prestigious publishers.

Dr. Framji Minwalla is currently the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. He has taught at numerous institutions including Yale University, Vassar College, Dartmouth College, the George Washington University, New York University, Fordham University, and SZABIST. At IBA, he teaches courses on visual culture, English writing, film and media history, and media and communications theory. His research interests include Performance Literature and History; Visual and Cultural Studies; Theater and Politics; Media and Film; and all forms of theory (linguistic, political, dramatic, visual, literary or otherwise). His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Writing Theater’s Histories, an examination of 20th century performance historiography. Dr. Minwalla was awarded a B.A. (1987) by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.F.A. (1991) and a D.F.A. (2000) both by the Yale School of Drama.

Date: Thursday, 9th April 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.

Zambeel Dramatic Readings present Tipu aur Jaadu ki Bayl

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Saturdy, 4th April 2015 | 5:00 pm

Join us at T2F as Zambeel Dramatic Readings bring a delightful children’s tale to life.

Adapted from the well-known story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, Tipu aur Jaadu ki Bayl is a sprightly tale that follows Tipu’s adventures up the magical beanstalk to the secret world of a terrifying giant.

Join Tipu as he braves an unknown world full of mystery and surprises. Supported by live music by Zeerak Ahmed and Jeremy Vas, catch this enchanting story with its captivating tunes as Tipu journeys from home to market, or scrambles up and down the beanstalk.
Tipu aur Jaadu ki Bayl is Zambeel Dramatic Readings’ third story for children and a rich addition in its repertoire. Beautifully scripted by Zara Mumtaz and supported with text in verse by Saife Hasan, the story engages both young and old as it renews a well known tale through the tradition of storytelling.


Performers: Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala, Fawad Khan, Farhan Alam
Story and Songs: Zara Mumtaz (Agahi Theatre)
Text in Verse: Saife Hasan
Music: Zeerak Ahmed and Jeremy Vas
Direction: Asma Mundrawala
Poster Design: Naheed Z. Yahya

Date: Saturday, 4th April, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 250
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.