Archive for April, 2017

April 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

[The News] All the world’s an ‘Investigation Cell’

[Khaleej Times] T2F offers a buzzing community for open dialogue in Karachi

[Dawn News] Qawwali and the love of divine

Peaceniche / T2F Receives Prince Claus Fund Award in karachi 


The Long & Short of It: In Conversation with Aamer Hussein

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Wednesday, 26th April 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Aamer Hussein, the acclaimed short story writer and novelist, will join us at T2F to discuss how his fiction got shorter and shorter over the years, read from his upcoming collection, and talk about his work coming out on the new publishing platform, ReadUp.

The session will be moderated by Bina Shah and Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi.


When: Wednesday, 26th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)

To Sabeen With Love (1974 – 2015)

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Monday, 24th April 2017 | 12:00PM – 10:00PM

Join us at T2F on the 24th of April 2017, to honour our beloved Sabeen Mahmud, who is loved and missed beyond measure by so many of us.

The space will be open to everyone for an informal community gathering featuring an open mic tribute at 7PM for people to share their stories and memories.

12:00PM – 10:00PM | All-Day Community Gathering
7:00 – 9:30PM | Open Mic Tribute


When: Monday, 24th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 12:00PM – 10:00PM (Open Mic Tribute 7PM onwards) 

Entry: Free

A Life in Music: Benefit Concert for Ustad Khurshid Hussain

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Saturday, 22nd April 2017 | 7:00PM

Come and witness the splendor of rhythms from all over the subcontinent and a rare opportunity to listen to a tradition that started in Delhi several centuries ago and spread to all corners of South Asia.

All the proceeds from this benefit concert will be presented to Ustad Khurshid Hussain.

Ustad Sajid Hussain
Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan
Shehroze Hussain
Zohaib Hassan
Yousuf Kerai

Ustad Khurshid Hussain
One of the few doyens of tabla that remain in Pakistan today, Ustad Khurshid Hussain hails from a family of musicians. His father, Mehboob Hussain, was a sarangi player and entrusted his friend, the great Ustad Habib Khan (also known as Baba Bibia Khan) to teach his son the art of tabla playing. Although Ustad Khurshid Hussain’s blood line is from the Ajrada Gharana, he learned tabla primarily from Ustad Habib Khan who was well versed with all the gharanas’ styles and compositions. Khurshid Saheb has been an employee of Radio Pakistan and has performed live with some of the greatest musicians that Pakistan has witnessed including Ustad Kabir Khan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Ghulab Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Iqbal Bano, Farida Khanum, and Sajid Hussain. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.

Ustad Sajid Hussain
Hailing from a family of musical virtuosos, Sajid Hussain, is the disciple of his father, Ustad Fida Hussain, and his uncle, Ustad Kabir Khan. Belonging to the Senia Gharana that traces its roots to Mian Tansen, Sajid Hussain began to play the sitar at the age of 16. He has performed for radio, television and music festivals such as the All Pakistan Music Conference. Sajid Hussain is one of the senior artistes and composers in the new ensemble, Tarz Group which comprises of classically trained musicians who present South Asian musical heritage in a new orchestral style. In addition to performances, Sajid Hussain has focused his attention on educating his children in the art that is his ancestral inheritance. He is one of the few remaining sitar maestros of Pakistan and his artistry lies not only in his playing but also in his magnificent compositions.

Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan
Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan is the son of Ustad Qudratullah Khan and the brother of the late Ustad Zafar Ali Khan. He belongs to the Gwalior Gharana of music, a tradition that traces its roots back to Mian Tansen, a legendary musical maestro in the court of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. With great agility and immense creativity, Mehmood Ali Khan’s vocal renditions are an evidence of a tradition in good hands.

Shehroze Hussain
Shehroze Hussain is the eldest son of sitar maestro Ustad Sajid Hussain of the Senia Gharana. Shehroze started learning sitar at the very early age of six and has performed at a range of private and public venues such as Sampurna, All Pakistan Music Conference, and Lahore Music Forum. For the last three years he has been a star performer, alongside his father, in the classical ensemble, Tarz Group, led by Yousuf Kerai. Possessing an excellent grip on the sitar and achieving great technical agility with his voice, Shehroze brings a refreshing personality to the tradition of sitar players.

Zohaib Hassan
Born into a family of musicians hailing from the Amritsar gharana, Zohaib has established himself among the leading sarangi players in Pakistan.The members of his illustrious family include Ustad Hussain Bukhsh Amritsari, Ustad Nathu Khan, Ustad Peeru Khan and Ustad Abdul Hameed Khan. Zohaib’s initial training came under his family elders, and later he became a disciple of Ustad Ghulam Haider Khan of the Qasur gharana. Zohaib is keeping alive his family’s nearly extinct style of sarangi playing that incorporates all four fingers, giving his playing a greater speed, fluidity, and variety of note combinations. Zohaib has performed in Pakistan, UK, Italy, and India, and is presently striving hard to create a presence on the International platform.

Yousuf Kerai
Yousuf Kerai learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. At the age of sixteen, he was accepted as a student of Ustad Khurshid Hussain and has been a student of tabla for over 16 years. Yousuf is the founder of the Tarz Group and is committed to finding innovative ways for our musical heritage to adapt and grow in value so that it can be passed on to future generations as an integral part of our South Asian identity.

Revised Ustad Khursheed Fundraiser-01

When: Saturday, 22nd April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM 

Entry: Rs. 1000 (All the proceeds from this benefit concert will be presented to Ustad Khurshid Hussain)

Book Launch: People’s Movements in Pakistan by Aslam Khwaja

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Friday, 21st April 2017 | 7:30PM

Aslam Khwaja’s People’s Movements in Pakistan historically locates, and explains, the mass movements in Pakistan in the age of ‘alternative facts’. Traversing a broad timeline that charts the democratic struggles against successive dictatorships, the book also revisits the trials and tribulations of artists and poets part of the Progressive Writer’s Association, as well as discusses the origins of the feminist movement in Pakistan.

About the Author:
Aslam Khwaja was born in Hyderabad in 1962, and remained a prominent figure on the leftist political landscape of Pakistan in the late 1970s. He worked as a reporter and sub-editor with leading Sindhi newspapers of his time, has translated over two dozen books from Sindhi into English, and is the author of ‘1857 kī jang-i-azādī’. He has been working with The Eidhi Foundation since 1986, and was an active part of the India-Pakistan peace initiative, including the New Delhi-Multan Peace March of 2005. People’s Movements in Pakistan is his most recent book.

Haris Gazdar
Qurrat Mirza

Aslam Khwaja Poster

When: Friday, 21st April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM 

Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously).

Telefilm Screening: Firdaus ki Dozakh

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Wednesday, 19th April 2017 | 7:00PM

From the star-duo Khalid Ahmed and Bee Gul comes a drama of inter-generational conflict that affects the lives of two women in contemporary day Pakistan. The news of young Amina’s rape is hushed by her family in the name of honor and remains repressed in history. Years later, a similar trauma in her daughter’s life sets in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures which remind Amna of her own tragedy. Linked by a common thread of yearning and fear, the lives of Amna and Firdaus, desperate for the recognition of their own suffering, intertwine one night, and amidst heated debate, come together in a brutal moment of blame, guilt, and recrimination.
Firdaus ki Dozakh is a subtle study of how Pakistan’s woefully ossified patriarchal setup continues to sacrifice women on the altar of familial honor.

Starring: Nimra Bucha, Khalid Ahmed, Sana Askari
Written by: Bee Gul
Directed by: Khalid Ahmad

Firdaus Ki Dozakh

When: Wednesday, 19th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM 

Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Mee Raqsam: Featuring Hamza Akram & Brothers

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Sunday, 16th April 2017 | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Join us at T2F for Mee Raqsam, featuring the youngest group of the legendary “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi.

The next generation of qavvaals, Hamza Akram and Brothers, belong to the 805 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi and are the grandsons of the inimitable Munshi Raziuddin. The group is led by Hamza Akram, who is currently being trained in eastern classical music by Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami, and in Qavvaali by Ustaad Fareed Ayaz.

HATA qawwali posters-02

When: Sunday, 16th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Entry: Rs. 400 

LitLab: T2F’s Literary Open Mic

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Friday, 14th April 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Come to T2F’s literary open mic this Friday and share your poetry, prose, play, or any other piece of creative writing. You can read your own work, including work-in-progress, or a published piece by someone else that you really like.

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: Friday, 14th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM 

Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.

Executive Director PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F)

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The Second Floor (T2F) is one of the major projects of PeaceNiche. A community space for open dialogue, T2F features a coffeehouse, bookshop, exhibition gallery and holds regular programs and events. T2F also provides citizens with a platform for social change through rich cultural activities, scientific and literary programs and activism using new media. PeaceNiche/T2F is committed to becoming a vibrant center of Pakistan’s developing civil society. PeaceNiche has a vision to expand T2F and excel in all areas in which it is currently serving, with a possibility to operate in more than one location.

It is against this background that we are opening up the position for an Executive Director to work with the PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) team, to implement artistic vision, creative and strategic leadership of the organization, and provide a unified and cohesive direction to sustain and grow T2F towards an exciting future.

The primary goals of the Executive Director will be to:

  • Develop programming that impacts audiences in profound and unpredictable ways in order to foster a spirit of inquiry and openness in our community.
  • Grow the annual operating budget to support the increased potential of our on-going projects, programmatic vision and audience engagement ambitions.
  • Oversee and manage a team of qualified and passionate full and part time staff in addition to interns, consultants, vendors and volunteers.
  • Oversee our integrated system of support for artists and ensure it is effective at creating positive impact for our artists.
  • Oversee all aspects of T2F’s audience engagement efforts including pre-event and on-site contextual materials or activities.
  • Develop and oversee partnerships with aligned institutions in and outside of Pakistan for collaborations, co-commissions, co-presentations and touring.
  • Be responsible for the operations budgets, finances and regulatory issues.


This is a full time position, and will entail some national and international travel. The candidate must not be engaged directly or indirectly in any other business or major consultancy. The position reports to the Chairperson and the Board of PeaceNiche/T2F.

Qualifications and Experience

Given the position’s significant responsibilities, PeaceNiche/T2F’s Executive Director should possess the following skills, experience and personal characteristics:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum arts and management, theatre, literature, design and publishing, social media, film, journalism, technology and related areas.
  • Proven fundraising ability and experience managing programmatic and operational plans to meet budget and capacity.
  • Excellence in spoken, written and public communication.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related fields (Humanities, Arts Management, Social Sciences, Media Arts and Cultures). Minimum of eight (8) years of combined work experience with a minimum of three (3) yeas in senior or leadership position preferably in the arts and/or nonprofit organizations. The candidate will preferably be in the age bracket of 33 to 44 years.In particular, the right candidate will have:
  • Demonstrated success in implementing a compelling vision and strategic direction by managing multi-disciplinary teams and resources.
  • Creative thinking and problem solving; entrepreneurial spirit; strong determination with a clear focus on strategic goals and ability to respond quickly to opportunities and issues.
  • Decisive yet highly collaborative leadership capabilities with an inquisitive mindset, and a passion to discover, experience and learn new things.
  • A passionate dedication to free expression, diversity and independent thought.
  • A genuine desire to support staff, artists and audiences as they push their boundaries.

Compensation, Timeline and Application Instructions 

PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive equal considerations. Salary and benefits will be commensurate to the current remuneration package of similar organizations and positions.

The ED position is slated to commence by July 1st, 2017.

To apply for the position, please submit your updated résumé, a detailed cover letter and three professional references to, with “Application for Director” in the subject line. The deadline to submit the application is May 30th 2017.

Acting Workshops with Khalid Ahmad

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Sunday, 16th April 2017 – Sunday, 28th May 2017

“His plays are magnificent.” – The News

“Generations have learnt under him… a legend.” – DNA India

“A hardcore theatre-lover. A prominent dramatist and actor. A devoted acting coach. Khalid Ahmed is nothing short of dominance.” – Kulsoom Aftab, theatre practitioner

Can one possibly miss the rare opportunity to come under the tutelage of Khalid Ahmad, in a manner that is able to launch one potentially into a serious acting career?

With dozens of acclaimed productions under his belt, we are bringing one of the most respected names in theatre, Khalid Ahmad, to The Second Floor (T2F) for acting classes!

This extensive workshop will be a learning experience for both, beginners who have pursued acting as a hobby and have not been formally trained in the discipline, as well as those emerging actors who hope to hone their talent and pursue acting as a serious profession.

Classes will be held twice a week over a period of two months. The course will culminate in a theatre production at T2F, where participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their talent as actors, under the timely direction of Khalid Ahmad himself.


Dates: April 16th – May 28th 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fee: Rs. 15,000

For registrations and queries, please write to us at or call at 021-35389033