Archive for January, 2018

Raonaqé Shaaéri: Irfan Sattar, Rasheed Nadeem & Uzma Mahmood

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

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Join us on Tuesday 6th February for Raonaqé Shaaéri, an evening of poetry by visiting poets Irfan Sattar, Rasheed Nadeem & Uzma Mahmood.

Irfan Sattar
Karachi native, Irfan Sattar is considered one of the leading exponents of Urdu Ghazal in modern times. His first collection of poetry is titled “takrar-e-sa’at”. the second collection, “sa’at-e-imkaaN” was published in 2016. His latest book, titled “yeh ishq hai” was published in Lahore in 2017, and is a selection of poems from the first two books. Irfan’s diction is deeply embedded in the classical tradition of Urdu ghazal, and yet his ideas and subjects are modern. Irfan Sattar also hosts a popular TV show “Hum-sukhan” with TAG TV Canada, in which he interviews literary figures.

Uzma Mahmood
An emerging poet with substance; Uzma Mahmood has made her mark during recent years through her distinct style and originality. Equally comfortable with Urdu and Punjabi languages, she is considered to be a poet of great talent. Her first compilation of Urdu ghazals titled “makaaN sey la-makaaN tak” is being published in early February this year.

Rasheed Nadeem
Rasheed Nadeem is a poet with a classical touch and modern sensibility. His subjects vary from satirical comments on religious and moral beliefs to the plight of common men. He has equal prowess in Urdu and Punjabi languages.

Date: Tuesday, 6th February 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free. Donations are welcome as we do things best with what you give us!


Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

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, participants are exposed to motion that confronts 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, 5th February 2018
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (donations appreciated)

**We only have capacity for 30 participants, so please sign up at the door from 6:30pm. First come, first served.**


First Fridays Open Mic: February Edition

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of February 2018 for an open mic night featuring Karachi’s 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 get perform. Look for our host who will put your name down on the list – spaces are limited, so first come, first served!

All performers get maximum 10 minutes stage time.

Date: Friday, February 2nd 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!


Drum Circle!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted?

Join us for an evening of Drum Circle with Ibadullah Shaikh!

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?

Date: Friday, 26th January 2018
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours


Film Screening: When Football Banned Women

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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After the first world war, women’s football drew large crowds before the sport was banned by the Football Association. In 1921, in an act of spitefulness, women were banned from playing football on the FA’s grounds. The game wasn’t suited to women, they said. And there was concern that not all the money raised from the massive gates was going to charity. After all, how dare women get paid for playing football?

In an effort to learn more about sport that lies at the root of Karachi United’s mission, join us to watch Clare Balding’s documentary on the lost history of the game. The effects of the ban are still felt today, even among Pakistan’s football industry, and they provide necessary insight about the power of sport.

Date: Thursday, 25th January 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Urban Hues: A Watercolor Exhibit by Rauf Musani

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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Inspired by the landscape of Dhaka, urban cityscapes and old buildings of Karachi, Dr Rauf Musani – who grew up in both cities – did not begin his journey in life as an artist despite his childhood passion for drawing, sketching and painting. Persuaded by his parents to study medicine, his pursuit of art took a backseat as he went on to graduate from DOW in 1983 and trained Ireland as an anaesthetist for many years.

Finally ready to reignite his childhood dreams, over the last ten years, Dr Rauf Musani has started to pursue his true passion for art – particularly in watercolor paintings. His present work, a collection of 16 paintings in watercolours, depicts his travels to countries like France, Turkey, Ireland, Switzerland and Portugal through the vibrant hues of the landscapes that inspired his art from the very beginning. Through the careful mixture of colourful pigments, Dr Rauf Musani depicts the alluring imagery of landscapes across the world. From subtleties in light and dark and Spring and Summer, each painting shares a different perspective of how the glorious hues of the landscape can transport us from city to city.

Proceeds from Urban Hues: A Watercolor Exhibit by Rauf Musani will support various charitable organisations.

[Opening ceremony]
Date: Monday, 22nd January 2018
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

[Exhibition]
Date: Monday 22nd January 2018 – Thursday, 25th January 2018
Time: noon-10pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Book Launch & Exhibition: Main Aur Tum

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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Join us at 7pm on Thursday, 1st February at Faraar Gallery, T2F for the launch of Main Aur Tum, a book by Ruqayya Diwan Adamjee.
Main Aur Tum lets you show your loved one what a perfect match the two of you are, just like chai aur cheeni, ramzan aur pakoray, dhol aur bhangra and countless other pairs that are incomplete without each other. Filled with charming illustrations, the book uses local imagery to remind the world of all the things that make Pakistan special. Ruqayya Diwan Adamjee is best known as the author and illustrator of the book Choti Choti Khushiyan. She was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and graduated with a Bsc. in Economics from Duke University in 2013.
The evening will begin with a Q&A, with Ruqayya in conversation with Khalid Malik. The book will be available for sale at the event; there will also be an exhibition of limited edition framed prints from Main Aur Tum for sale, at Faraar Gallery T2F, from 1st February 2018 to 14th February 2018.
Date: Thursday, 1st February 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

T2F at French Bazaar 2018

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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Join us at the T2F stall at French Bazaar this Sunday at Alliance Francaise!

We will be selling array of local crafts and goodies.
You can expect…
– Live painted Truck Art
– Handcrafted candles & notebooks
– Genuine local block printed scarves
& much, much more!

Support us in providing for our community, nourishing creativity, celebrating culture and encouraging curiosity.
Support T2F at French Bazaar 2018!

Date: Sunday, 21st January 2018
Time: 4:00-8:00pm
Place: Alliance Francaise
Entry: Rs300 (tickets available on the day of the event)


Qavvaali: a tribute to Ustad Manzoor Niazi

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
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Ustad Manzoor Niazi of the Dehli Bachcha Gharana came to Pakistan and started his Qavvaali group here. He was joined by his cousins Ustad Bahaduddin, Ustad Iftikhar Nizami, and later by Munshi Raziuddudin. The group has spread a lot, with each Qavvaal and their children forming separate groups.

Habib Niazi is the grandson of Manzoor Niazi and will perform an evening of Qavvaalis that his grandfather was known for. His renditions are remarkably like the great Ustad

Date: Friday, 19th January 2018
Time: 8:00-10:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs500


Freedom Of Movement Exhibition Karachi

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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Join us on Thursday, January 18th to Saturday, January 20th at Faraar Gallery, T2F for a thought-provoking exhibition where creativity meets conversation – Posters for Tomorrow’s ‘Freedom of Movement: 100 Posters For a Better World’ exhibition, co-ordinated by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

Understanding that we are all part of a world where boundaries are becoming less and less meaningful, Freedom of Movement explores how, now more than ever, we are one people. No matter where we live, we are all equally powerless in the face of war or environmental disaster. In response to the construction of a violent rhetoric of hatred and fear enforced by electorates in the Western World voting to close borders and build walls, Freedom of Movement refocuses the debate about immigration to what lies at its heart: people.

Posters for Tomorrow:
A network of more that 30,000 people that have organized more than 1,000 exhibitions across the world, Posters for Tomorrow operate under a central understanding – that a poster, a simple, arresting image combined by a powerful piece of text, can be a force for change. Be it stuck up on a wall or uploaded on the Internet, a poster can make somebody sit up and take notice of an injustice and inspire them to take action.

Date: Thursday, January 18th – Saturday January 20th 2018
Time: noon-10pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated