Archive for November, 2016

Music, Dance and Discourse – A Tribute to Musadiq Sanwal

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Saturday, 3rd December 2016 | 7:30PM – 9:00PM

Join us at T2F for a night of music, dance and discourse in memory of Musadiq Sanwal.

The event will feature music from Musadiq Sanwal (vocalist and composer) including cherished old ragas in the new and modern notes of today, Kafiyaan from Punjab & Sindh, and playback singing for theatre.

Verses are drawn from prominent Indo-Pak poets including Khusro, Nasir Kazmi, Shah Hussain and Shaikh Ayaz. The program will also feature dances and a discussion panel with Sheema Kermani, Joshinder Chaggar, Khalid Ahmad, Mazhar Zaidi, Farjad Nabi and Bilal Brohi.


When: Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Seed Inc.: A Panel discussion on Food Justice and Farmers’ Rights

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Sunday, 27th November 2016 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Join us at T2F for a collective discussion and awareness session on the future of food and farming in Pakistan.

Pakistan is on the cusp of widespread agricultural change, with the passing of the recent Seed (Amendment) Act 2015 and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill 2016. This panel will raise key questions regarding these laws, and explore: How has the nature and quality of seed changed in the last fifteen years in Pakistan? Why should we be concerned about the rise of GM (genetically modified) seeds, and the new laws that will further hasten their spread? And how can we protect our agricultural and seed heritage, while protecting farmers’ rights, consumer health, and the land itself? The panel will accompany the launch of a report titled “Seed Inc.: Food Sovereignty, Farmers’ Rights and New Legal Regimes in Pakistan”.


– Amna Tanweer Yazdani (moderator) is an anthropologist and senior social scientist at the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at AKU.

– Nosheen Ali is a sociologist and founder of Karti Dharti, a public interest research space that promotes the study of land, culture and community in South Asia.

– Azra Talat Sayeed is an activist and executive director of Roots for Equity, an organization that fights for the rights of small and landless farmers and especially women farmers.

– Yasir Husain is an urban farmer and co-founder of Organic City, a platform that advocates for green living alternatives and unadulterated, healthy food choices.


When: Sunday, 27th November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Drum Circle!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Friday, 25th November 2016 | 6:30PM -9:00PM

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

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, 25th November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

Karachi Files

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Thursday, 24th November 2016 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM

In May 2015, an assortment of electronic musicians from Pakistan, the Maldives and Germany followed the footsteps of brothers Hannes and Andi Teichmann, otherwise known as Gebrüder Teichmann, the Forever South crew and the Goethe-Institut to meet in Karachi; Pakistan’s industrial capital, harbored on the Arabian Sea.

A house was remolded into a temporary recording studio. It would become a place to meet, inspire and be inspired, record, play, eat and sometimes sleep. Musicians, together with a photographer convened, and the outcome of two weeks would transpire into the Karachi Files.

Karachi Files, a textural collection of electronic fused works is a
mélange of different cultural backgrounds with inspiration taken from its surroundings. The corpulent body of work harmonizes a balance in the elements, delivering a variety of tracks, from electronic club music to electro acoustic experiments.

Karachi Files performed for the first time in the framework of the festival “From Inside to Way Out” at Hebbel Theatre (HAU) in Berlin together with the release of the CD.

Now it is time to bring all musicians again together to the place of the origin of the project, to Karachi, with the musicians: Alien Panda Jury, Arttu (aka Lump), Rudoh, Dynoman, Menimal, Natasha Humera Ejaz, rRoxymore, Ramsha Shakeel, Tollcrane, Taprikk Sweezee & Gebrüder Teichmann.

This event is a joint collaboration between Goethe-Institut Karachi (Pakistan) and The Second Floor (T2F).

6:00 – 7:00PM | Meet and Greet with the Musicians
7:00 – 9:00PM | Concert


When: Thursday, 24th November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Rs. 400

Exploring Letters and Poetry by Ghalib

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Urdu Preservation Project Presents

Exploring Letters and Poetry by Ghalib
Readings by Wajid Jawad and Khalid Ahmad
Moderated by Zaheer Alam Kidvai

After a short period of using the pen-name Asad, Mirza Asadullah Khan changed his takhallus to Ghalib: ‘Conqueror’. It is no doubt that this choice, over history, turned out to be amply justified by the ruling fame and respect Mirza has enjoyed in the literary canon, whose Diwan is still compared by many Urdu aficionados to the Vedas in terms of its divine inspiration. But Ghalib’s great legacy is not limited to his poetry, but also includes his letters, which depart from more classical, formal, and ornamental styles of Urdu prose to more colloquial ones, and for which he declared: ‘I have turned murasla (letter-writing) into mukalma (dialogue) – I have done the impossible.’

Today, Ghalib is hailed by the literati not only as a master of Urdu poetry, but also of Urdu prose. Combined, his poetry and letters provide matchless insights into the inner workings of a complex and far from modest literary genius. Join us at T2F as Wajid Jawad reads from the Diwan, and theatre extraordinaire Khalid Ahmad renders some of Ghalib’s most witty, wry, and intimate letters.

About the Speakers

Khalid Ahmad
With a Masters degree from the University of California, Davis, Khalid Ahmad was initially trained as an Engineer and taught at NED University in Karachi for several years. 1981, he decided to switch careers and went on pursue theatre studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon his return, he devoted himself to the performing arts, starring in and directing a number of critically acclaimed plays and television dramas, including Talkhiyan (2013), Chambaili (2013), and (2016), which opened to critical acclaim at the Jagran Film Festival this year. He currently heads the Dramatic Studies Department at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi, where he teaches voice and acting.

Wajid Jawad
Wajid Jawad is a Karachi-based publisher and businessman, best known in Karachi’s literary circles as a reputed scholar. He has collaborated with various literary groups for promoting Urdu poetry, and has produced pocketbook versions of the complete poems of Ghalib and Faiz. A well known authority on Ghalib, Jawad has participated in literary discussions on the poet’s life and works in conferences and seminars across the country.


When: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Rs. 100

Germany: Art in Public Space

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Monday, 21st November 2016 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

City, movement, and bodily perception have been conceptualized together for a long time. The sensory perception of a public space provides insights that are equally significant to those gained by research in libraries and cartography. City field trips and excursions, travelling, the science of strolling or ‘promenadology’, careful observations of everyday life, intense involvement with the locality, and the banality of transitory places, all play an important role in the emerging urban studies of the twentieth century.
The examination of art in public space, therefore is an active agent to make people more aware of the environment, and let them see it in a different way. It has a long-standing practice in Germany, especially during the last six decades after World War II – one can read through art, the social clima of a certain time and its questions, conflicts included.

Join us for a talk featuring Prof. Dr. Bernhart Schwenk, who will talk about it’s history and current discourse surrounding contemporary public art, art intervention, and social critique of space. He will also discuss the meaning of public space presenting significant examples of art works, the contexts of their commission, installation and the way they have been received.

Prof. Dr. Bernhart Schwenk is an art historian and has been chief curator of contemporary art at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich since 2002.

Having graduated in art history and modern history at the universities of Mainz, Cologne and Bonn, Schwenk obtained his doctorate in 1991 with a dissertation on German painter, Blinky Palermo. He started working as a curatorial assistant at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main before moving to Munich where he took the position of an exhibition curator at the Haus der Kunst from 1993 to 2001.

In 2002, he was appointed chief curator of the Department of Contemporary Art in the freshly opened Pinakothek der Moderne.

Schwenk holds teaching posts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich as well as at the Otto Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. From 2003 to 2007, he was a member of the acquisiton committee for the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany. Numerous publications, lectures and exhibitions reflect the broad range of his preoccupation with art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – in painting, sculpture, installation and media art, also in relation to other forms of art such as dance or film.

This event is a joint collaboration between Goethe-Institut Karachi (Pakistan), Lahore Biennale Foundation, Vasl Artists’ Collective and The Second Floor (T2F).


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

Qusoorwaar: A Play Adapted From 12 Angry Men

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Sunday, 20th November 2016 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM

“Qusoorwaar”, a play adapted from “12 Angry Men” – focuses on a jury’s deliberations in a capital murder case. A 11-man and 1-woman jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old man accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only Juror No. 8 (woman) casts a not guilty vote. At first, Juror 8 bases his vote more so for the sake of discussion; after all, the jurors must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. As the deliberations unfold, the story quickly becomes a study of the jurors’ complex personalities (which range from wise, bright and empathetic to arrogant, prejudiced and merciless), preconceptions, backgrounds and interactions. That provides the backdrop to Juror 8s’ attempts in convincing the other jurors that a “not guilty” verdict might be appropriate.

Sunil Shanker
Joshinder Chaggar
Fawad Khan
Wasut Ullah Khan
Ali Rizvi
Ali Junelo
Mesum Naqvi
Osama Tahir
Saad Fareedi
Nadir Hussain
Rauf Afridi

Written by: Reginald Rose
Adapted by: Wasut ullah Khan
Directed by: Sunil Shanker
Asst director: Faisal Hayat
Production: Syna Productions.
Duration: 1hr 30 mintues.
Language: Urdu
Cast: 11 men and 1 woman.


When: Sunday, 20th November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 500

Film Screening:

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Saturday, 19th November 2016 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Synopsis: is an upcoming Pakistani romantic–drama film directed by Khalid Ahmed, written by Bee Gul and co-produced by Shailja Kejriwal and Vikas Sharma. It will be premiered in 2016 at the Zeal for Unity festival, aiming at India-Pakistan unity.

Director: Khalid Ahmed
Screenplay: Bee Gul
Music composed by: Waqar Ali
Cinematography: Najaf Bilgrami
Distributed by: Zindagi
Cast: Faysal Qureshi

The screening will be followed by a short Q/A session with the film crew.

With a Masters degree from the University of California, Davis, Khalid Ahmad was initially trained as an Engineer and taught at NED University, Karachi for several years. All this while, his interest in theatre and television continued to grow. In 1981, he finally decided to switch careers and went to study theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon his return, he devoted himself to the performing arts. Khalid currently heads the Dramatic Studies department at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, where he teaches voice and acting.

Bee Gul (Urdu: بی گل) is a Pakistani screenwriter and director. Bee Gul’s stories often deal with themes of reality & identity. Hypocrisy is the underlying theme, involving bitter love & conservative values. In ‘Mernay se Pehlay Jannat’, Gul centers her story on an ailing old man whose hostility towards his family changes with the arrival of a young maid by the name of Jannat Bibi.


When: Saturday, 6th November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Do You Know Your Qaaf Se Qanoon?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Thursday, 17th November 2016 | 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Join us on Thursday for a session with ‘Qaaf Se Qanoon’ – a community initiative by a group of young citizens.

‘Qaaf Se Qanoon’ was envisioned and implemented by SZABIST Law School’s faculty, alumni and students in August 2015. It was created to address the dearth of legal assistance, public interest and pro bono work and related resources in Sindh, with its focus being in Karachi. The team aims to promote and facilitate greater equality in access to justice by empowering communities, advocating for the rights of those who lack the resources to do so themselves and contributing to the progressive development of the law.

One of the primary hurdles to community empowerment however, is a lack of knowledge about what the law says and therefore how it protects us. To this end, Qaaf Se Qanoon has developed a series of “legal literacy” sessions in which a particular area of the law is broken down to make it accessible for everyone. The objective is to raise awareness about our rights and responsibilities within the law with the strong belief that empowered citizens can then work towards the realisation of those rights.


When: Thursday, 17th November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

LitLab Open Mic

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Wednesday, 16th November 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Join us on Wednesday for LitLab, T2F’s open mic for poets, writers, and spoken word artists.

Come share your poetry, prose, play, or any other piece of creative writing on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. You can read your own work, including work-in-progress, or a published piece by someone else. Each person gets 9 minutes at the mic. Sign up as soon as you arrive at T2F. Everyone is welcome to come and listen …


When: Wednesday, 16th November 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)