Archive for February, 2016

Salman Soofi: Seeing through closed eyes

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Friday, 4th March 2016 | Opening: 7PM

“I unintentionally peek into my subconscious to transfer divine messages on the canvas.”

Salman Soofi considers himself a divine artist because most of his paintings were not planned the way they appear now. There are several versions buried under the final artworks because most of the canvases have been used several times. 

Various ideas and concepts are simultaneously running in his mind when he starts a new piece. He begins working on a concept and ends up doing a totally different one. 

The process takes him into a trance and he is usually in a state of passion where thoughts and ideas melt within his soul and are transformed into figures and shapes. This state of transformation is so out of control thatmost of the times he leaves the brush and starts painting with his hands. 

His paintings address social issues such as starvation, alcoholism and anguish of wars. His works are constant reminders to everyone to wake up and fight against the system of oppression, the media deceptions and lies which we face everyday. On the other hand, he also tries to bring harmony depicting nature, glimpses of natural elements in minimalistic style. 

Salman Soofi was a guest speaker at the Institute of Modern Art in Moscow, Russia where he delivered lectures on expressionism and explained his techniques in detail.

Currently, he is based in the city of Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmad Faiz – Sialkot.



Opening on: Friday, 4th March 2016 | 7PM
Exhibition Dates: 4th – 6th March 2016 | Gallery Hours: 12pm – 10pm
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)


Code Retreat Karachi

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Thursday, 3rd March 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’, the Coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimises the cost of change over time.

1. Start with a simple programming problem: Conway’s Game of Life
2. Work with different partners to discuss and solve the problem
3. We’ll add restrictions to force you to consider different approaches
4. After each round, throw out your code and repeat!

Book your free place via EventBrite: 

We’re looking for experienced developers that are looking to improve their skills. This event is delivered by freelance software developer and tech events organiser Gemma Cameron, who has over 10 years programming experience. She also runs TechNW in the Manchester area.

This event is organised by the British Council, Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) and T2F.

» About Manchester Digital Laboratory:

Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.

We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects. One of which is the Arts+Tech practice accelerator, inviting artists working with digital making technologies to develop their ideas with backing of £10,000, free deskspace and support from world-class mentors.

For more information, visit the MadLab website:

» About the British Council Pakistan

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. We have been working in Pakistan since 1948 through our Arts, English, and Education and Society programmes from our offices in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

For more information, please visit: You can also keep in touch with the British Council in Pakistan through and


When: Thursday, 3rd March 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 10am – 4:00PM

Book Launch: Jo Dil Niklae To Dum Niklae by Dr. Shershah Syed

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 | 7:00PM

Join us at T2F for the book launch of ‘Jo Dil Niklae To Dum Niklae’ by Dr. Shershah Syed.

‘Jo Dil Niklae To Dum Niklae’ is Dr. Syed’s latest collection of stories, centred around the common people of Pakistan, violation of human rights, violence against women and religious intolerance among other topics. 

Dr. Shershah Syed is an obstetrician and gynecologist by profession and also writes short stories. This is his tenth collection of stories published last week in Karachi. 

He was the president of the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Pakistan from 2007–2010, and is the current president of the Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health (PNFWH).

Mr. Kurun Singh will be with us at the launch and will talk briefly about the short stories in this book.


When: Sunday, 21st February 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Playdate party with Horsie Kimell

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Sunday, 21st February 2016 | 4:00 – 6:00PM

Join us at T2F for a playdate party with Horsie Kimell, a small business dedicated to creating hand-crafted wooden toys to encourage imagination and creativity in children. 

The name Horsie Kimell was coined by a two year old. Our first client (and let’s be honest here – our boss too)! It is what she called a horse (Horsie) and a camel (Kimell) on a Sunday morning trip to Hawks Bay beach. And it stuck! 

Luckily, she works for hugs, kisses and the occasional chocolaty treat, so we, even as a tiny start-up, could afford the services of this creative genius.

Horsie Kimell is a small business dedicated to creating classic high-quality hand-crafted wooden toys for kids from 1 to 101. Horsie was started by a group of friends who love cutting-edge design and because we wanted to sell something creative and something children can play with and treasure, without parents worrying, and conventional wooden toys offered us a way to do just that. 

Our wooden toys are handcrafted, one at a time, by skilled craftspeople, who we train and work closely with, in our workshop. We use child-safe wood finishes and quality hardwoods. The toys are made in a simple, safe, durable, and classical design to encourage imagination and creativity in children. 

These designs play with the boundaries between the imagination and creativity, making learning fun and helpful for children allowing them to explore all that they can become. Whether you’re looking for domestic manufacturing, fair trade production, eco-friendly enterprise, handcrafted products, or simply fun, beautiful playthings, we’ve got you covered.


When: Sunday, 21st February 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM

School’s Out – LyProv Comedy Night

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Sunday, 21st February 2016 | 7 – 8:30PM

The only School Improv Troupe in town, trained by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh, is all set for its first public show. Join us for a night of fun, laughter and improvisation as the funniest amateur Improv troupe in town sends you into fits with their wits. 

LyProv, The Lyceum’s Improv troupe, will perform short form Improvisational comedy for 90 minutes. LyProv will be dividing into two teams and the teams will go up against each other in a friendly Improv-off. Come show your school spirit and spur on your favourite Improv team. Everybody’s welcome! 

Shehzad Ghias Shaikh is one of Pakistan’s foremost stand up comedians who is currently touring the country with his hilarious stand up show. His latest project promises to be as good as his previous work.


When: Sunday, 21st February 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7 – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs.350

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Friday, 19th & Saturday 20th February 2016 | 7:30PM onwards

‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’, written by Edward Albee, brought to you by Syna Productions. 

Syna Productions Motto:
To constantly push social boundaries, and our own imaginations. As a society this is vital, as our tolerance levels are dangerously declining. 

Martin—a hugely successful architect who has just turned fifty—leads an ideal life with his loving wife and teenage son. But when he confides to his best friend that he has fallen in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters.

• Sunil Shanker: Martin Gray
• Joshinder Chaggar: Stevie Gray
• Kashif Hussain: Billy Gray
• Ali Junejo: Ross Tuttle

Sunil Shanker | Director
Sunil Shanker is one of the leading theatre directors in Karachi, voted ‘Best Director 2013’ in the Express Tribune awards. He gained recognition after his first play ‘Equus’ at the 2012 NAPA theatre festival, critically acclaimed for his experimental approach. In 2013, Sunil’s play ‘Mantorama’ was selected in the National School of Drama (NSD) festival in New Delhi, India. In 2014, Sunil starred in the famous sculptor, Amin Gulgee’s performance work ‘Where’s the Apple, Joshinder?’ 

In June 2015 Sunil co-directed (with Nida Butt) the block buster musical ‘East is East’, as part of the ‘I Am Karachi’ campaign. Sunil has also worked intensively with the Lyari community, for the project ‘Lyari Stars’.

Sunil will be making his film debut in 2016, as the lead in ‘Reham’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by UK based director, Ahmed Jamal.

Joshinder Chaggar | Producer
Joshinder is a performing artist, best known for her experimental dance series ‘Conversations’. She is a Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Writer and Producer.

In 2014, she starred in Amin Gulgee’s performance work, ‘Where’s the Apple, Joshinder?’ Her experiments continue with her Silent solo dance show, ‘She flies with the Swallows’. She made her film debut with a supporting role in ‘Moor’, and is currently working on her second film.

The Goat-01

When: Friday, 19th & Saturday, 20th February 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM onwards
Entry: Rs.500

Challenging Artificial Boundaries: Featuring Sanjay Rajoura and Saif Mahmood

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Thursday, 4th February 2016 | 7:30PM onwards

Challenging Artificial Boundaries with Humour: Rhyme, meter, verse against Hatred

Join us for an evening of Sanjay Rajoura’s inimitable stand-up comedy interspersed with Saif Mahmood’s impassioned recitation of humourist Urdu poets. 

Sanjay Rajoura:
Sanjay Rajoura, 42, is an Indian humourist and a political critic, who uses stand-up comedy as his tool of expression. Born and raised in New Delhi, Mr Rajoura studied information technology and was part of India’s booming software industry for 10 years, overseeing projects in India, Singapore and the United States.

In 2009, Mr Rajoura quit is flourishing career and returned to India. Through his work as a Hindi-language performer, he has consistently tried to steer the art form away from its elitist, English-speaking, big-city moorings, which is marked by its uncritical embrace of privilege, patriarchy and power.

On stage, Mr Rajoura’s politics is palpable as he laces his stories about caste injustice, gender bias, rural-urban divide and economic exploitation with wit.

This year, Mr Rajoura co-wrote and produced the hit song on India-Pakistan ties called “Mere Samne Wali Sarhad Pe”, which became an instant online sensation in both sides of the border. 

Mr Rajoura blogs about social and political issues and is currently writing a film based on Karachi.

Saif Mahmood:
Saif Mahmood is a New Delhi-based lawyer holding a doctorate in Comparative Constitutional Law in South Asia. An Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Managing Partner of the well-known Indian law firm, Amicus Juris, he frequently appears before various High Courts all over India as well as in international and domestic tribunals.

Apart from his legal practice, Saif speaks and writes on diverse issues ranging from law to literature and is associated in different capacities with a number of academic, legal, professional and literary organizations around the world. Founder of South Asian Alliance for Literature, Art & Culture (SAALARC) and an aficionado of Urdu poetry, he remembers most of his Ghalib, Iqbal and Faiz by heart, recites them effortlessly and translates them into English cautiously. His translations have appeared in a number of prestigious publications and his passionate recitations on varied platforms have enthralled many an audience. Saif regularly discusses Urdu poetry on diverse panels across the globe and appears on various television and radio channels. He is associated with various Literary Festivals and blogs on where he has also authored a series on Urdu poets of Delhi titled “Dilli jo ek sheher tha”. Saif’s column with the same name used to appear in First City till the magazine ceased publication. He currently sits on the Planning Boards of the Kumaon Literary Festival and the Taj Colloquium – two of the most prestigious events in the sub-continent, where he is also curating sessions on different aspects of Urdu and Hindustani poetry.

On the professional front, Saif’s interests lie in Constitutional Law, Inter- Corporate and Commercial Disputes, disputes relating to Foreign Transactions, litigation involving complex issues of Civil Law, Media & Telecommunication Laws, Infrastructure Disputes, Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining & Power Disputes, Company litigation, , Real Estate & Property Related Litigation, International & Domestic Arbitration, White Collar and Corporate Crimes – subjects on which he has widely written, handled a wide variety of cases before all levels of courts and quasi-judicial fora in the country, has advised major corporate blue-chips, public sector entities and non-governmental organizations and has arranged, spoken at, participated in numerous International conferences, seminars and symposia. Co-author of ‘Muslim Law in India and Abroad’ (New Delhi 2012), he has been consulted on important issues of Islamic Law in India and the Sub-continent and has been involved in high-profile family law litigation.


When: Thursday, 4th February 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM onwards
Entry: Rs.300 (All proceeds from the event will be donated to T2F)