Archive for June, 2016

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Saturday, 25th June 2016 | 10:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance by Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. Some years after his family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Niazi qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.

As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan concerts were highly sought after performances that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.

After his father’s passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan and his brothers have given several extremely well received concerts in France. The qavvaal troupe has taught the art of qavvaali to the French students of ethnomusicologist, Martina Catella and will be performing to sold-out audiences at a festival organized by Radio France in 2014.

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Date: Saturday, 25th June, 2016
Time: 10:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: T2F


Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Taj & Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Saturday, 11th June 2016 | 10:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance by Taj and Shaad Mohd Niazi.

Hailing from the Atrauli Gharana, Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi are amongst the finest contemporary practitioners of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s kalaam. The progeny of the late, critically acclaimed Moin Niazi, and recipient of the Pride of Performance award, the troupe has performed widely across the subcontinent, from Pakpattan to Dhaka.

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Date: Saturday, 11th June, 2016
Time: 10:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 350
Venue: T2F


‘Drum Circle Returns!’ – An Evening of Music

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Sunday, 5th June 2016 | 8:30PM – 9:30PM

“Whenever people gather to play the drum, the world becomes a better place.” — Olatunji

Drum Circle Returns!
Each of us experiences disconnects in our lives; with ourselves, with others, and with powers greater than us. The exercise of communal drumming is an age old practice to help strengthen these connections. The physical, emotional, mental, and social healing of the exercise is best experienced than read about. Community, drums, music, movement; need more be said? To come together and move to a rhythm, that is the purpose of life.

Witness the healing of soul, and the disruption of negative energy with an evening with Drum Circle!

About the Facilitator:
Ibadullah Sheikh words with with Taskeen – a mental health initiative, as a facilitator for emotional wellness sessions, and offers support to people with substance abuse conditions. Through tragedy, he discovered the therapeutic power of drumming. His experience, interest, and passion has led him to practice as a public drum circle facilitator. In his effort to nurture his inner child, he has chosen to join Imkaan, to help nurture the children of Machaira Colony. His lived experience lends him to mix work and play at Khel.

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When: Sunday, 5th June 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:30PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Free (donations are welcome!)


Book Launch: The End of The Great Game by Hasan M. Sadiq

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Friday, 4th June 2016 | 7:00PM

Join us at T2F for the book launch of ‘The End of the Great Game’ by Hasan M.Sadiq. This book is a compelling narrative of geopolitics taking place in South Asia. Keeping the US and Pakistan as central players, this book traces history from post World War II to post 9/11 and explains in detail what took place during this period.

About the Speaker:
Hasan Sadiq has an M.A. in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He was born in Pakistan and migrated to the US in 1985. After working for over 15 years as a computer programmer in the US he began writing this book which is his first.

Hasan is possibly one of the first authors who shows the unfolding story that has been taking place in which Pakistan has emerged as the pivotal country that has provided China a Naval Base in the Arabian Sea and proved to be the lynchpin that helped China and Saudi Arabia establish diplomatic relations in July 1990. Since then Pakistan began expanding its missile and nuclear arsenal that are now contrary to US interests.

Through his research Sadiq makes a compelling argument that one of the main goal’s of the US war in Afghanistan, which has now lasted for over 15 years, was to degrade Pakistan’s expanding nuclear program, which otherwise has the potential to threaten US hegemony over this vital energy rich region of the world. To prevent this from taking place, the US needed a plan and allies in the region to bring Pakistan’s military expansion under control. It is shown that India became a willing partner.

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When: Saturday, 4th June 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free (donations are welcome!)