Archive for February, 2017

Film Screening: ‘Yours’ – A New Life in the Mountains

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Sunday, 26th February 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:00PM

In a unique turn of events, a London based banker has made the Pakistani Highlands his new abode. Here, he has rediscovered a new set of goals, priorities and perspectives in life. He shares these experiences with his Pakistani friend and colleague, back in London, who is indulged in his own immediate set of worries of making a living.

‘Yours’ is a film essay, inspired by the works of Chris Marker in films like ‘Sans Soleil.’ It is a composition of thoughts, sounds and scenes filmed in Kalash, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit and Nanga Parbat.

The film offers a contemplation on aspects of life in the highlands that are alien to life in the city and highlights how these aspects provide an opportunity to develop character traits that are key to our personal development as human beings.

Written and filmed by: Danial Riaz
Script review and narration by: Chris Thomas

About the film makers:
Danial is a keen traveler and an independent filmmaker, with a particular focus towards developing educational content in Pakistani media. After his initial education in Philosophy at the LSE, where he served as the president of the university’s media channel, Danial has collaborated on projects with Channel 4, VICE NEWS, Islam Channel and SOC Films. In 2015 he produced ‘Double Hai: Story of the London Bus’ and initiated two platforms ‘Ujala’ and ‘The Curious Karachiites’ to encourage the production and promotion of educational content in Pakitan.

Chris has an art for telling stories and playing Samba music on his Spanish guitar. Though originally from Brazil, Chris has embraced Pakistan as his new home since the last seven years. He currently works for Family Education Service Foundation (FESF) with the aim to enhance the quality of life of all members of the society, especially the disadvantaged.

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When: Sunday, 26th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Rs. 100


You And I

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Wednesday, 1st March 2017 – Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Anum Lasharie and Noormah Jamal

You And I
Faraar Gallery
March 1 – March 15, 2017
Opening reception: Wed, March 1 5-8 pm

Faraar Gallery is pleased to present You And I, an exhibition of paintings by Anum Lasharie and Noormah Jamal. The show explores the painting tradition of portraiture to address ideas of representation, identity, and belonging. In a time when we are constantly surrounded by pictures of people, Lasharie and Jamal offer us a slow and considered exploration of the internal and external landscape of a person.

Anum Lasharie’s paintings address the anxiety of a social being by investigating the relationship between physical and mental comfort. She is keenly aware of how the environment around us can affect our peace of mind. External forces which are not in our control can change our behavior and self-image. In Lasharie’s paintings, these forces act on the figure to create moments of varying discomfort or unease. There are often clear demarcations between the figure and her world, suggesting a rift. The figure is revealed or hidden, perhaps embroiled in an internal struggle of visibility.

Noormah Jamal’s figures want to be seen, though they might not be sure of how exactly. Even if they sometimes occupy the space of the canvas a little awkwardly, they still confront the viewer’s gaze quite directly. Caught between their quiet defiance and a simultaneous self-consciousness, her portraits are whimsical yet haunting. We can choose to flip through them casually, or allow ourselves to read into them to imagine the secret lives of the people depicted. We can choose to liken them to a series of photographs taken from different angles, a little like someone trying to take the perfect selfie.

About:
Anum Lasharie lives and works in Lahore. She received her BFA with Honors from National College of Arts in 2013. She had her solo exhibition in Rohtas 2 Gallery in 2016. Other shows include Alhamra Art Gallery, Taseer Art Gallery, Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery and The Paint Bucket Gallery. She has been working as a curator for The Paint Bucket Gallery for almost three years and has curated several exhibitions with the gallery.

Noormah Jamal is from FATA and currently lives in Lahore, where she teaches art at Lahore Grammar School. She received her BFA with Honors in Miniature painting from National College of Arts in 2016. She has recently exhibited at The Paintbucket Gallery, Ejaz Gallery, and also in Dubai. Her work has been covered by Artnow, Herald, Dawn, Sunday Magazine, and others.

Please contact the gallery at faraar@peaceniche.org or 021-35389033 for more information.

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When: Wednesday, 1st March 2017 – Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Where: Faraar Gallery | The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM


Drum Circle!

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Friday, 24th February 2017 | 6:30PM onwards

“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.

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When: Friday, 24th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM onwards
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours


Qavvaali featuring Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Sunday, 19th February 2017 | 7:30PM onwards

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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When: Sunday, 19th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM onwards
Entry: Rs. 400


Qasmi Kahani: A Talk by Raza Naeem

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 | 6:00PM

Join us for a talk on Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi to pay a centenary tribute to him on the occasion of his 100th birthday and tenth death anniversary.

The event will feature a presentation of bilingual dramatic readings from his short stories, translated in English and in original Urdu text, on themes ranging from feudal oppression, sexual exploitation of women, the travails of partition and world war to the inspiration behind the iconic Punjabi film classic ‘Maula Jatt’ and charming tales of children.

Raza Naeem is currently contracted by an Indian publisher to produce two volumes of translation from Qasmi into English, slated to come out in 2017 and 2018.

About:
Raza Naeem is a social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader currently engaged as Instructor in History at the Senior School in the Beaconhouse School Systems in Lahore. He has been trained in Political Economy from the University of Leeds in UK, and in Middle Eastern History and Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, US. He is presently working on translations of the selected work of Sibte Hasan, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Abdullah Hussein and contributes regularly to Newsline, The News on Sunday and The Friday Times. He has curated and moderated a first-ever edition of Banned Books Week in Pakistan in Lahore in September 2014, a second edition in September last year (2015) and a third edition in 2016 in collaboration with Olomopolo. He is the recipient of a prestigious 2013-2014 Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship in the UK for his translation and interpretive work on Saadat Hasan Manto’s essays. He is currently the President of the Progressive Writers Association in Lahore. His most recent work is an introduction to the reissued edition (HarperCollins India, 2016) of Abdullah Hussein’s classic novel The Weary Generations.

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When: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM
Entry: Rs. 200 


Celebrating Abdullah Hussein: Revisiting ‘The Weary Generations’

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Tuesday, 21st February 2017 | 6:00PM – 7:30PM

‘Those, however, were the marginally happier days…’

It is rare for a translated work to survive the legacy and celebration of the original work. Yet in the case of the twentieth century Indian subcontinent, such is the case with a celebrated novel, namely Abdullah Hussein’s Udas Naslein, published in 1963. The novel, perhaps for reasons of enhancing the international reputation of the author, was self-translated into English, in 1999. This English version, translated by the writer himself, thirty-three years later can and should be treated as an independent work of fiction in English; and if indeed this treatment is successful then The Weary Generations arguably becomes the most significant Pakistani work in English in the immediate post-partition period since the publication of Zulfikar Ghose’s The Murder of Aziz Khan in 1967. The novel maybe read on three levels: as an account of events revolving around the partition of India in 1947; as a description of the politics and sociology of undivided Punjab, with its attendant system of feudalism and patriarchy; and a love story which begins, thrives and eventually falls with the fate of British colonialism in India itself.

The talk will not only revisit Hussein’s iconic translation, which has unjustifiably received far less critical attention than its Urdu variant, but throw light on the backstory that went into its writing, as well as the poetics and politics of Subcontinental history, the Punjabi milieu and the plight of the women protagonists rampant throughout the The Weary Generations. The talk will also be interspersed with readings from the work itself.

About the Speaker:
Raza Naeem is a social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader currently engaged as Instructor in History at the Senior School in the Beaconhouse School Systems in Lahore. He has been trained in Political Economy from the University of Leeds in UK, and in Middle Eastern History and Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, US. He is presently working on translations of the selected work of Sibte Hasan, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Abdullah Hussein and contributes regularly to Newsline, The News on Sunday and The Friday Times. He has curated and moderated a first-ever edition of Banned Books Week in Pakistan in Lahore in September 2014, a second edition in September last year (2015) and a third edition in 2016 in collaboration with Olomopolo. He is the recipient of a prestigious 2013-2014 Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship in the UK for his translation and interpretive work on Saadat Hasan Manto’s essays. He is currently the President of the Progressive Writers Association in Lahore. His most recent work is an introduction to the reissued edition (HarperCollins India, 2016) of Abdullah Hussein’s classic novel The Weary Generations.

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When: Tuesday, 21st February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Entry: Rs. 150 (All proceeds from the event will be used to fund T2F’s literary projects)


The Craft of Capturing and Manipulating Light

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Saturday, 18th February 2017 | 5:30PM – 8:30PM

The talk will focus on the craft and technologies behind camera acquisition, greenscreen, high dynamic range photography/video and post-production techniques used in film visual effects and contemporary photography practice.

Rehan will be demonstrating the planning and production process that goes into his work through selected indepth case studies.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A discussion session around the skills and aptitude required to become a good visual effects artist.

About the presenter:
Rehan Zia is a lecturer at the prestigious National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), Bournemouth University, UK where he teaches visual effects. His students have gone on to work on the visual effects for blockbuster films such as Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Inception, Intersteller, Batman and Harry Potter film series as well as in the computer games industry.

Rehan is also doing a PhD based on his photography practice.

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When: Saturday, 18th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 400 


‘The Mongrel Book of Voices’ Aloud

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Thursday, 9th February 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Readings from a collection of prose, poetry and some things in between.

Works featuring Bina Shah, Moeen Faruqi, Amna Chaudhry, Aziza Ahmad, Soonha Abro, Yusra Amjad, Imran Yusuf, Shandana Minhas, Harris Khalique and excerpts from the work of Whiti Hereaka, Mohamed Abdelnabi, Abdullah Wesali, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Soniah Kamal, Mehr F. Husain, Risham Amjad, Maryam Ala Amjadi, Uttaran Das Gupta, Akhil Katyal and Shazaf Haider.

Read by Sunil Shanker, Afia Aslam and others.

About:
Mongrel Books is an indie press founded in Karachi in 2016 by Shandana Minhas and Imran Yusuf.

‘The Mongrel Books of Voices, Volume 1: Breakups’ is its first title.

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When: Thursday, 9th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 100 (All proceeds from the event will be used to fund T2F’s literary projects)


Clinically Funny: A Stand-up Show by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Friday, 10th February 2017 | 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Stand-up comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh is back with his new comedy special, “Clinically Funny” – an experimental stand-up comedy show where Shehzad Ghias jokes about his struggles with mental health and coping with being an adult.

Comedians tend to be depressed, Shehzad is no different. Suffering from Clinical Depression for a year, Shehzad delves into his personal battle for his latest special. They say the best comedy comes from tragedy and we certainly hope that is the case!

Come and enjoy an hour of comedy as Shehzad jokes about everything from how Pakistanis react to mental health to how his rishta prospects plummet once people find out he is “pagal”, from suicidal thoughts to childhood repression, from watching teenage mutant ninja turtles in Urdu to Friends in Punjabi!

About:
Shehzad has been doing stand up in Pakistan for the past 5 years. Shehzad has performed stand up all over Pakistan and the USA. Last year he debuted his special on Broadway, New York as well.

If you enjoy some dark comedy, this might just be the special for you!

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When: Friday, 10th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs. 500 


Dance, Heart and Mind: A Workshop by Suhaee Abro

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Sunday, 12th February – Thursday, 16th February 2017

Suhaee Abro began her training in classical dance at the age of seven from the respected classical dancer, Sheema Kermani. Abro specialises in ‘Bharatanatyam’; also choreographing and performing other genres of dance. She has been performing since the age of eight, including numerous performances in Pakistan, India, China, Italy and Nepal.

Her group, ‘Nritaal – a live dance and music group’ in which she works as a Dance Director and performer has been quite appreciated by art-lovers and art critiques. Abro choreographed many of her dance pieces and dance productions; mostly based on various literary pieces.

Apart from dance, she has also done selective acting work for television for eleven years; appearing in music videos and documentaries as well. She has taught dance and movement to children and adults – at The Neem Tree School of Music, The Second Floor (T2F) and privately. She has also conducted workshops based on dance therapy. Abro is the Director and organizer of ‘Raqs Mein Hai Sara Jahan – Dancing Away Differences’, a one day festival celebrating various forms of dance and dancers.

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Dates: February 12th – February 16th 2017
Time: Monday – Thursday: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Sunday: 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Fee: Rs. 4000

For registrations, please email at info@peaceniche.org