Archive for October, 2017

Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!
A one-day, walk-in workshop

About the Workshop:
Dance Mandala is a method of moving meditation that encourages authentic self-expression, cultivating bliss, and stillness. Through free-form movement, music, and gentle guided instruction, the participants are exposed to motion to confront the rigidity and tension of their own bodies.

About the Instructor:
Alizeh Valjee holds a BA. in Psychology & Religion from Mount Holyoke College; an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD, UK; and is a certified freeform movement meditation facilitator. Valjee is the co-founder of CareForHealth and Taskeen, the Karachi-based mental and emotional health initiatives, teaches yoga and meditation classes at AQ Fitness, and also runs her own private practice as a therapist.
When: Monday, 6th November 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (donations are appreciated)

Panel Discussion on Education and Heritage Buildings

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017


Karachi Civic Innovation Lab (KCIL) in collaboration with Public Interest Law Association of Pakistan (PILAP) is bringing a panel discussion that will explore the two pressing issues of Karachi as voted by the citizens themselves on the recent poll launched by PILAP.

To be a part of this conversation, register at:

Date: Thursday, November 2nd 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Entry: Free

First Fridays at T2F: November Edition

Monday, October 30th, 2017


Join us at T2F on the first Friday of November 2017 for an open mic session featuring emerging talent.

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, props or whatever else you may need to perform. Look for our host who will put your name down on the list – spaces limited, so first come, first served!

All performers get 10 minutes stage time

Date: Friday, November 3rd 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Entry: Free, donations welcome and much appreciated!

Community Update | T2F Newsletter Jul-Sept 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to share the second issue of Community Update with you.

In the last quarter, we have welcomed several new members to our team, while our range of programming has continued to increase in the outgoing quarter. In July, we revived Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar, followed by several more exhibitions and workshops. In August, we initiated a series of talks to commemorate 70 years of Pakistan, apart from our regular programs which include talks and panel discussions.

We hope you will enjoy our second issue of Community Update. As always, we look forward to your feedback and comments.

Yours Sincerely,
Team PeaceNiche/T2F

Read and download here: Community Update | T2F Newsletter Jul-Sept 2017

70 Years Later, The Idea Of Pakistan: What It Was in 1947 And What It Now Needs To Be with Pervez Hoodbhoy

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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About the speaker:

One of Pakistan’s most celebrated academics, Pervez Hoodbhoy is a world renowned nuclear physicist, prominent activist, as well a distinguished professor at Forman Christian College and the Quaid-e-Azam University. He has served as professor at the likes of Carnegie Mellon, LUMS, and MIT from where he obtained multiple degrees eventually leading to a PhD in nuclear physics. Bold and unapologetically progressive, Pervez Hoodbhoy is an advocate of freedom of speech. A regular contributor to, he has also written for The Express Tribune as well as The New York Times on topics ranging from religion to education.

Date: 28th October 2017
Time: 7:30-9:30PM
Entry: Free (donations welcome)

Panel Discussion with Cast of Mushk

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Leading up to the Karachi opening of the OLOMOPOLO theatre production, MUSHK, (3 – 5 November, 2017 at Karachi Arts Council ) T2F welcomes leading ladies and veteran actors, Sania Saeed and Nimra Bucha for a presentation, panel discussion and meet & greet to discuss the performance, which explores the concept that individuals are inherently ‘unknowable’.

Tickets for MUSHK will also be available at the event.

Reclusive genius, Sophiya fails to shoot an unwelcomed intruder – the journalist, Zoay, determined to interview her for her latest novel. But as Zoay continues to force her way into Sophiya’s solitude, it becomes clear that she knows more than she should about this epistolary romance between the author and a mysterious man. Paring away each other’s lies and evasions, their interaction reveals an increasingly complex pattern in an apparently simple melody. Through the story, the characters will realize what love is, and that things are not really as what they seem.

Sania Saeed
Sania Saeed is a veteran actor from Pakistan, her career spans over more than two decades. Being part of numerous award winning productions, from the small screen and the stage, Sania is the hallmark for quality entertainment work. She currently serves as the president of OLOMOPOLO Media, and was the founding member and producer of Katha Theater, an organization committed to bring theatre to the masses. Sania’s accolades include acting awards by PTV and LUX Style Awards. Most recently recognized for her portrayal of Safiyah in the film ‘Manto’ by the ARY Jury Award, she is no stranger to being in the spotlight for outstanding work. She was also part of the team that was recognized by the Population Communications International (PCI). She has represented Pakistan at the Emmys and Banff television festival in Canada. Her educational background of psychology and sociology lends itself well to her understanding of the human condition which she translates beautifully into her art, engrossing the audience in the situation of her character.

Nimra Bucha
Nimra Bucha is a television and stage actor in Pakistan and the UK. She has appeared in a variety of television serials including highly spoken of shows like Daam, Mera Yaqeen, Baandi to name a few. She made her onscreen debut in Manto, playing the role of Manto’s alter ego, and continued to work on films like Ho Mann Jahaan, Jeewan Hathi and Azad. She has also devised and performed the one woman show, The Dictator’s Wife for Chaudhry Channan Productions and was also the director and actor in Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat. She has also been involved with theatre productions of NAPA Repertory Theatre.

OLOMOPOLO Media has established itself as a cultural and social enterprise, pivoted around the design, production, promotion, advocacy and training of performing arts and visual media. Since its establishment in 2013, OLOMOPOLO has been producing and conducting various projects for social intervention. The core objective of the organization is to enhance the value of visual and performing arts in facilitating social sensitization for public awareness exploring narratives addressing ethical development and socio-cultural sophistication.
Theatre, being our forte, has been our driving force for making our mark. Every year, we produce at least 4 productions that reflect on our goals. Teesri Dhun – The Third Tune, Pakistan’s first ever documentary theatre on transgender lives, Likhay Jo Khatt Tujhey… Letters of Love, celebrating Urdu literature, Absolut Manto, celebrating Saadat Hasan Manto’s life, works and philosophy of tolerance, Lorilei – A Meditation on Loss, a story based on the true story of Lorilei Guillory, her journey to cope with the death of her son and her realization of the ineffectiveness of the death penalty for her son’s murderer, and Limbo – Dramatic Reading of Letters of Prisoners on Death Row are just some of the examples of projects that we have undertaken and produced.

Date: 31st October 2017
Time: 8:30-9:30PM
Entry: Free (donations welcome)

Book Launch: Candle in the Wind

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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PeaceNiche/T2F founder, Sabeen Mahmud, was assassinated on the 24th April 2015. The world – yes the whole world – was astonished and shocked. There were memorials for her in Pakistan, India, UK, USA, Canada, Bangladesh, Morocco and more.

Lots of newspapers followed her tragic death and many stories written by friends and others came out. Several people wrote poems. There were numerous marches and gatherings that celebrated Sabeen’s courage.

Zulfiqar Halepoto collected as many news pieces as well as friends stories and poems from Pakistan’s Urdu, Sindhi, English newspapers. I am sure there were many TV talks and articles abroad that someone else will put together.

This evening Halepoto’s book will be launched and some friends will speak. If you loved Sabeen, do come … and speak, too, if you want.

The book is 600 pages long and will sell for Rs 1000 in the market but will be available to those who arrive at a special price of Rs 500 only.

Date: 26th October 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Entry: Free (donations welcome)

Qavvaali Mahfil Series: Taj and Shaad Niazi

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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

When: Friday, 20th October 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Entry: Rs.400

70 Years Later, Where Are Women At?

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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About the Speakers:

Member of women’s Action Forum; Hyderabad; Amar Sindhu is an activist, feminist, writer, poet and well known columnist of Sindhi language. She is constantly writing columns for leading Sindhi newspaper since 15 years, however she also have been writing urdu blog for and literary profiles for weekly literary edition in Dawn. Most of her articles are about the marginalized sections of the society i-e women, movement’s peasants and minorities. She has been actively involved in social and political and known as bold and courageous voice of Sindhi women. She remained editor of Marxist Magazine in Sindh language for three years and also co- founder member of first Sindhi Feminist Publication.

Nazish Brohi is an independent researcher with sixteen years of work experience in the social development sector in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her various publications focus on the state; conflict; democratization; women’s rights and social change. Nazish was awarded a Senior Visitor Fellowship at Charles Wallace Trust at Oxford University, UK. She has previously been a member of the governing body of the Arts Council of Pakistan and a consultant for Lok Virsa, the national institute of folk heritage. She writes for Dawn newspaper and is an activist with the Women’s Action Forum.

Farieha Aziz is a Karachi-based APNS-award winning journalist. She is a co-founder of the digital rights and civil liberties advocacy group, Bolo Bhi.

Date: 15 Oct 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30PM
Entry: Free (donations are appreciated)

Sur Ka Safar

Monday, October 9th, 2017

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Ustad Mumtaz Ali Sabzal represents the fourth generation of artists responsible for defining the musical tradition of the banjo in Pakistan. He mastered the instrument under the tutelage of his illustrious grandfather, Ustad Khaliqdad Baloch, who was himself a student of the great Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan of the Gwalior Gharana before dominating Radio Pakistan for over forty years as a solo classical banjo player.

Ustad Sabzal has made his own highly valuable contribution to classical as well as folk music in Pakistan since making his debut on Pakistan television as a teenager in the mid-1980s. He has displayed his skill both inside and outside the country, collaborating with renowned musicians around the world, including Abaji, Hiroko Yasunori, and Ustad Kamal Sabri.

He has received numerous awards, including multiple awards from the Tehzeeb Foundation, Gold and Silver Awards from Global World Music Awards, the PTV Award, the Pakistan Film Award, and many others.

Aaron Mulvany is an anthropologist and erstwhile American jazz musician who has also studied mrdangam, a Karnatic relative of the dholak, with Govindarajan Narayan and Ramnad Raghvan. He has been studying the banjo with Mumtaz Ali Sabzal since August 2016.

The banjo itself is based on the Japanese taishogoto, a 2-foot long, rectangular instrument with 25 keys and six strings tuned to the same note. In 1919, Ustad Gul Muhammad Baloch was given a taishogoto, which he reinvented by extending it to 3.5 feet, giving it a larger sound box, adding additional keys to extend its range, and retuning the drone strings. While the banjo enjoys a vibrant life as a folk instrument in Pakistan, at present Ustad Sabzal is the last remaining solo classical banjo player in the world.

This evening’s songs will come primarily from the Makrani coast, including Balochi and Qalandari songs as well as Siddhi lewa.

Date: 12th October 2017
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Entry: Rs.500/-