Archive for October, 2016

Shikarpur’s Heritage: Not for Sale

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Thursday 3rd November 2016 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Join us for a discussion on Shikarpur’s rich heritage, a city built in 1617 A.D; the revelations on its prestigious historical background; the pioneers of the city’s early establishment, trade and upliftment to the subsequent demise and degradation of its rightful preservation.

Speakers: Anila Naeem, Shahab Usto, Mehdi Shah, Anwar Figar Hakro

Moderated by: Marvi Mazhar


When: Thursday, 3rd November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

The Art of Qavvaali with Shah Jee

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Sunday 6th Nov – Wednesday 30th November 2016

‘The Art of Qavvaali’ is a one-month long course, spanning over eight sessions, that seeks to enliven the tradition of apprenticeship, which has for long forged spiritual and intellectual connections between master Qavvaals and emerging ones.
The workshop will cover not only lessons on the History and Culture of Qavvaali in South Asia, but also depart a working knowledge of form, vocal training and instruments, as well as offer rich and diverse insights into Sufi Thought and Poetry itself. The course will allow participants to demonstrate what they have learnt during the workshop through a final performance of a Qavvaali of their choice to a wide audience.

The Workshop is being undertaken through PeaceNiche’s Urdu Preservation Project, which sees the Qavvaali as integral to the poetic and linguistic heritage of the Urdu Language.

Course Component & Description:
Session 1 | Qavvaal Gali: History and Culture of Qavvaali in Karachi and South Asia
Session 2 | Sufi Poetry: Choosing a Kalam
Session 3-6 | Vocal Training: Vocal Pedagogy, Form, Singing Techniques
Session 7 | Conclusion: Practice of Final Qavvaali
Session 8 | Final Performance

About the Instructor
Shah Jee’s family has been continuously attached to Sufi orders for the last seven centuries. They have been granted permanent rooms adjacent to the shrines of Moinuddin Chishti, Nizamuddin Auliya and Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari, in Ajmer, Delhi, due to their regular services to the Sufi saints. The protégé of the legendary Ustad Bahauddin Qavvaal, Shah Jee inherited his father’s great sense of commitment to the Khausrau tradition, mastering vocal notes, instruments, as well a deep knowledge of Sufi poetry and thought. He has taught at the National Academy of Performing Arts, and currently holds a teaching appointment at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.


Sundays & Wednesdays at T2F
Dates: 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th & 30th November 2016
Timings for Sunday: 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Timings for Wednesday: 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Fees: Rs.4000

For registrations and inquiries, please email at:

Sindh Sangat: Workshop with Attiya Dawood

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Tuesday 1st Nov – Tuesday 22nd Nov | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Followed by the revival of Urdu Preservation Project, T2F now hopes to introduce a new literary series on a similar format – Sindh Sangat. Sangats or gatherings were historically conducted around Sindh. Post partition, they were epitomized by Dayaram Jethumal, a Sindhi poet and philosopher, and also the principal of the D.J Science college. The Adabi Sangat at Pakistan Chowk operated vis-à-vis the British Council library, and also ran a bi-monthly literary journal Saraswati, through which Khairunnisa Jaffri’s story Laila gained a cult-like following. The journal went on to publish many emerging writers. After the library was shut down, Sangat culture fell into decadence. We now hope to come together and revive the Adabi Sangat culture at T2F – which will not only house workshops and talks on key literary figures of Sindhi Literature, but also adopt an interdisciplinary approach in making these figures accessible to the public in other engaging mediums such as music and dance.

Workshop details:
The workshop aims to introduce Sindhi language and literature to people. Sindhi literature is very rich. The workshop will help people develop an understanding regarding Sindhi literature. Participants will also get an understanding of the political situations of different times. We will also talk about the personality of different writers and poets and how different factors affected their life and personality.

Some of the writers and poets that will be covered:
Khairunnisa Jaffri
Amar Sindhu
Shaikh Ayaz

Registrations will be on

Materials required from participants: Pen and paper
sindh-sangat-poster-01When: 1st November – 22nd November (There will be a session every Tuesday, so four sessions in total)
Where: T2F
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Registration fee: Rs. 4000

Mehfil-e-Marsia Khaani

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Sunday, 30th October 2016 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

The Marsiya is a poetic form which is traditionally written to pay homage to the martyrdom of Husain (AS) and his companions in the battle of Karbala. It has its origins in classical poetry and in Urdu, it reached its pinnacle of refinement in the works of Mir Anis and Mirza Dabir in the nineteenth century. All over South Asia, the Marsiya is widely read, especially in the month of Muharram.
The recitation of Marsiya will be done by Fawad Khan, Misam Naqvi and Nazrul Hassan who are known for their rendering of the oral art of the dastaan and have revived this tradition. In this mehfil Mir Anis’ marsiya will be recited.


When: Sunday, 30th October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

The Art as City, The City as Art: Changing Spaces

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Saturday, 29th October 2016 | 5:00PM – 7:00PM

“In the museum you can decide how close to be to the art. But in life you can’t control the art.” – Guillaume Désanges 
The most fundamental concern that every artistic endeavor aiming to interact with the city space raises, is: can art exist outside the places enshrined for it? Can it exist without losing, spoiling or deactivating itself? And even, what can it ultimately gain or pledge in this qualitative mutation transfer? Increasingly today, the gallery, sclerosed in its curatorial methodology, suddenly appears maladjusted to the explosion of new creation methods. This explosive notion of public art radically changed in Karachi during the early 2000’s, following the reclamation of city space in the face of rapid urbanization and militarization. The alliance between urban regeneration programs and artistic interventions by 2007 made public art acquire a status, which goes beyond mere decoration and visualization of official national histories in public space, therefore gaining autonomy as a form of site construction and intervention in the realm of public interests.

Karachi Biennale invites you at T2F this weekend as we discuss how the re-centering of public art discourse from the gallery to the street level is consistent with the site-specific turn and the critical positions against institutional exhibition spaces emerging in contemporary art practices in recent times.

Abdul Jabbar Gull
Durriya Qazi
Zahra Malkani
Shahana Rajani


When: Saturday, 29th October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Dholi Taro: Drum Circle with Ibadullah Sheikh

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Friday, 28th October 2016 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Drum Circle!
Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted? The exercise of communal drumming is an age old practice of therapy. The physical, emotional, mental, and social healing of the exercise is best experienced than read about. Community, drums, music, movement; need more be said?

Join us for an evening with Drum Circle!

About the Facilitator:
Ibadullah Sheikh works as a facilitator for Taskeen – a mental health initiative that conducts emotional wellness sessions. 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.


When: Friday, 28th October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

AAJ Ki Kahaani

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Wednesday, 26th October 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Join us at T2F for a performance dedicated to one of the longest running magazines of Urdu literature, AAJ. Fawad Khan and Nazr-ul-Hasan will be reciting a range of published work by contemporary and emerging authors, including poetry, stories and Urdu translations of local and foreign literature.

The aim of this event is to promote AAJ by familiarising people with the kind of content it publishes, and to make the audience aware of the work that is currently being done in Urdu literature.


When: Wednesday, 26th October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8PM
Entry: Rs. 350

Lawyers for Change: Workshop on strengthening civil society and promoting access to justice

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Tuesday, 25th October 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Civil society organisations are the support lines in our communities, striving for a more just, sustainable world. At iProbono, we mobilise key support to these organisations, providing the highest quality legal, regulatory and strategic assistance to strengthen their work and to advocate for people in need. Our work is global, with the majority of our projects taking place in 34 countries, and we have a special focus in South Asia.

iProbono launched in Pakistan in April 2015 and we are excited to be collaborating at this event with T2F to bring our work to Karachi. We are also pleased to welcome SEED, a Social Entrepreneurship & Equity Development organization, to this platform.

iProbono operates as an online marketplace to harness data and facilitate the right connections. We are recognised innovators in the field; recipients of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award and by Nominet Trust as one of the 100 innovations in technology that has made the world a better place. We are a small dynamic team in London and Delhi and with a satellite presence in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Our legal community spans the breadth of the profession, made up of academics, barristers, corporate law firms, in-house counsel, law students/graduates, members of the judiciary and social welfare lawyers. Our projects are diverse, ranging from transactional legal assistance and policy research to litigation and advocacy support. More details on our work can be found on our homepage and news section

SEED was established to develop the entrepreneurial landscape in Pakistan through enterprise training, business incubation and acceleration, connecting businesses to potential markets and investors and creating business opportunities across geographies by designing indigenous solutions.

SEED has an inclusive approach for interacting and engaging with a diverse set of audiences. Its mandate is to work with various stakeholders of the entrepreneurial eco-system for the advancement and development of entrepreneurship in different economic and social stratums across the globe. SEED believes in ‘collaborative creation’ and works through strategic partnerships with the academia, private, public, financial sectors as well as media to create and employ indigenous solutions in the areas of policy reform, holistic research, stakeholder engagement, investments, entrepreneurial training, sustainable enterprise development and financial inclusion.


Mariam Faruqi | iProbono | South Asia Regional Director
Mariam is a lawyer and director of iProbono’s South Asia regional projects based in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Prior to this she was iProbono’s Pakistan Country Representative.
Mariam practiced immigration law in the UK and has worked at Bindmans LLP in London where she qualified and trained in Public Law & Human Rights. Mariam has worked in Pakistan and her work on the the status of religious minorities in Pakistan, covered the forced marriage and conversion of Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan. She has worked on cases involving human trafficking and forced marriage on a pro bono basis.

Mariam holds an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies with distinction and is currently completing a report on forced marriage in the UK for the National Commission on Forced marriage. She is a Trustee with Reunite, the centre for international child abduction and Secretary of The Grand Trunk Road Company, an initiative that seeks to build bridges across cultures. She is currently based between Delhi and London.

Salman Zaidi | iProbono | Pakistan Consultant
Salman is a researcher and consultant working on conflict, violence and public policy in Pakistan. He was associated with the Islamabad based think tank, Jinnah Institute since its inception in 2010 and led its Strategic Security Program for several years. His work focused on multi-track diplomacy in South Asia, religious extremism and resource conflicts. He is the author and editor of multiple research publications and regularly speaks at universities about his research work.

Salman has worked with iProbono in an advisory capacity since it’s launching Pakistan last year. He also provided substantial project development and outreach support to the wider iProbono team and assisted with managing projects with NGOs across the country.

Sadaf Mahmood | SEED | Partner and Enterprise Development Strategist
Sadaf works extensively with Startups and microenterprises. She is also the Programme Manager for Enterprise Challenge Pakistan – an initiative of HRH, The Prince of Wales. She works extensively for enterprise development at various levels and landscapes.

She is one of the initiators of Reimagining Pakistan (RPK), a unique project to revive and restore the nation’s architectural and cultural heritage on a massive scale. She has been part of the development and strategy of several social enterprise development projects such as Potential Enterprise Mapping Strategy – PEMS, Incubating Potential Program –IPP, and is the Project Lead for Urban Centers Incubation Network, which involves extensive trainings and incubation of the participants.

Sadaf is also a writer and blogger and has appeared weekly on radio at FM 107 for a show on heritage preservation and environment, and entrepreneurial solutions for these sectors and has appeared on shows on FM 91, HTV, Dawn TV and AAJ, on entrepreneurship, culture/heritage, social and environmental issues, and women empowerment.


When: Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7PM – 9PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Film Screening: The Narrow Frame of Midnight

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Saturday, 22nd October 2016 | 7:30PM

Join us at T2F for the film screening of ‘The Narrow Frame of Midnight’.

The Narrow Frame of Midnight came into being as a script two years after the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. In a post-9/11 world where changes across diverse political landscapes, military interventions and wars in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere have been progressing at a dizzying speed, it has never seemed more important to stand still and try to shake free and clear one’s vision of the world.

In a way, The Narrow Frame of Midnight, in it’s most fragmentary and episodic form, is a film that attempts to not only recount a story about resurrecting vision, and the possibility of seeing as clearly as possible on the lonely path towards finding a place in the world, but is also a film that is a sketching out of a certain type of cinematographic map, where lines constantly shift and change, disappear and reappear in correspondence to a geopolitical terrain that is fluid, and that changes because of events, like wars for example. And so the film exists and reflects back onto an ever changing landscape, and in turn it too changes. It is a film that looks to the past, present and also to the future and acts like a magic mirror of sorts.

Director: Tala Hadid
Running Time: 1h 33m

This event is initiated by Siraj Ali (Admin of Eqbal Ahmad Fan Page – Unofficial)


When: Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Book Launch: Land Your Dream Job by Noman H. Malik

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Saturday, 15th October 2016 | 6:00PM

LAND YOUR DREAM JOB is an articulation of ideas and techniques that lead to a successful career path. This book has been written in simple and easy language that shed light on virtually every aspect of a job interview. It addresses the basic considerations that most young professionals neglect during the interview process, having them land in unfavorable outcomes.

This expedition is divided into three sections. The first section of this book contrasts the objectivity of first impression, which is an initial move towards career success. The second section of this book focuses on the means to sell one’s self to the prospective employers by highlighting the traits and skills that need to be projected during the job interview. The third and the last section of this book talks about the steps to be followed after the employer makes an offer to join the company.

In short, this book helps and highlights strengths while rooting out weaknesses, identifying opportunities while being aware of the threats in any job interview situation. In essence, it aims to create a nurturing environment for the fresh graduates, very much like a gardener providing the appropriate conditions for a seedling to grow to its full potential.

About Author:

Noman H. Malik is a certified recruitment analyst, a career expert and a workplace consultant. He is a strong strategist, communicator and relationship builder who brings his professional acumen and expertise to advice in the recruitment process from entry level to senior management.

He is a seasoned Human Resources Professional with extensive experience in Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Organizational Development.

He specializes in providing direct-hire full-cycle recruiting services and conducts workshops on ‘Hiring Techniques’, ‘Interviewing Skills’, ‘Personality Types’, ‘Personality Assessments’ and ‘Career Inventory’. Throughout his professional experience with the corporate sector as an HR practitioner, his focus has always been helping staff at all levels to improve not only their professional but also their personal effectiveness. In addition, Noman is also an independent career coach and runs career sessions for a variety of clients.


When: Saturday, 15th October 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)