Archive for May, 2018

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Saami Brothers

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

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Join us for a Qavvaali Mehfil, by Saami Brothers, on Saturday, June 02 (doors open at 9:30 PM), for the Week-Three  performance of our Ramzan Qavvaali Series at T2F!

The Saami Brothers were trained in classical music and the art of qavvaali under the rigorous tutelage of Munshi Raziuddin Khan and their father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. Keeping the flame of the Qavvaal Baccha Gharana alive, the Saami Brothers are well versed in a number of languages, and weave various genres of eastern classical music beautifully into their qavvaali performances.

Date: Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs. 500/- First come, first served at the door

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Taj Muhammad Shad Muhammad Niazi

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

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Join us for a Qavvaali Mehfil, by Taj Muhammad Shad Muhammad Niazi, on Saturday, May 26 (doors open at 9:30 PM), for the Week-Two performance of our Ramzan Qavvali Series at T2F!

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

Date: Saturday, 26th May 2018

Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs. 500/- First come, first served at the door

Babey Lok: Sufi Poetry of Punjab with Arieb Azhar

Friday, May 18th, 2018

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Join us for a night of Sufi poetry of Punjab, ‘Babey Lok’ with Arieb Azhar accompanied by Waqas Hussain on Sitar, on Thursday, May 24 at 09:30 PM.

Though it can be heard from the lips of every folk balladeer in Punjab and has been featured on every season of Coke Studio, how much do we really know about the Punjabi Sufi poetry of Pakistan?

Starting from Baba Fareed Ganj Shakar of the 12th Century, continuing with Guru Nanak, Shah Hussain, Sultan Bahu, Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah, Khwaja Ghulam Fareed till Mian Muhammad Baksh of the 19th Century, Arieb Azhar introduces and explores the Sufi poetry of Pakistan that has remained as a moral compass and guiding light for the common folk of Punjab through the centuries.

Between reading, translating and interpreting a collection of verses, Arieb Azhar will also perform a selection of Sufi Kalaam on the guitar accompanied by young virtuoso sitar player Waqas Hussain from the illustrious Senia Gharana of music.

Date: Thursday, 24th May 2018

Time: 09:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs. 500/- First come, first served at the door

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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Join us for a Qavvaali Mehfil, by Subhan Ahmed Nizami, on Saturday, May 19 (doors open at 9:30 PM), for the Week-One performance of our Ramzan Qavvali Series at T2F!

Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana”, which is the original family/household of Qavvali music, founded in Delhi by the students of the Sufi saint Hazrat Amir Khusro in the 14th century. Some years after the family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Nizami 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 performances were highly sought after concerts 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, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami’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 Ahmed Nizami’s qavvali troupe has taught the art of qavvaali to French students of ethnomusicologist, Martina Catella and performed to sold-out audiences at international festivals.

Date: Saturday, 19th May 2018

Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs. 500/- First come, first served at the door

Book Launch: Our Asma Jahangir

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

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Asma Jahangir was a human rights activist and lawyer who fought her entire career for vulnerable and marginalized individuals and communities. From defending a freed bonded labour untouchable (Dalit) peasant from Thar to a Christian victim of fake blasphemy charges in the remote areas of southern Punjab, she changed the lives of millions of voiceless individuals. She was a hope for the families of missing people in Balochistan and disappeared victims of Sindh. She opposed all kinds of state oppression at the national, regional, and international level.

Come join us for the launch of the book ‘Our Asma Jahangir’. This book brings together the writings of several people from all over the world and is a tribute to the great Asma Jahangir’s life and achievements. Her contemporary comrades, legislators, friends, admirers, followers, and students have written pieces in attempt to eulogize her crucial contribution to human rights advocacy, peace, interfaith harmony, and social justice.

We will have a panel discussion which include speakers: Justice Majjida Rizvi, Uzma Noorani, Kaiser Bengali, Mohd Ali Shah, Munner Memon, and Javed Qazi.

Date: Friday, May 11th

Time: 05:30 – 07:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, but donations are requested so we can continue to bring you programs like this

Sur Ka Safar: Jugalbandi

Friday, May 4th, 2018

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on 12th May for the latest performance in our Sur Ka Safar series, featuring Jugalbandi.

This time Sur ka Safar is featuring two generations of musicians in what is known as the jugalbandi style of performance where a musical conversation takes place between two solo musicians. The first performance of the evening will be the jugalbandi of prodigious young sitar player, Shehroze Hussain, and the electrifying young classical vocalist, Shahzeb Ali. Yousuf Kerai Kerai will accompany this first set on the tabla. The second performance will feature two masters in their art, musicians of the highest calibre, Ustad Sajid Hussain on sitar and Ustad Abdullah Khan on shehnai. They will be accompanied by the great tabla maestro, Ustad Khursheed Hussain.

Date: Saturday, 12th May 2018

Time: 7:30–9:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Rs. 1000/- First come, first served at the door

Thinking Films: What’s Up, Doc?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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Join us on Tuesday, 8th May at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films — “What’s Up, Doc?”

What’s Up, Doc? is a screwball comedy film created by Warner Brothers as a homage to the comedy films of the 1930s, including Brining Up Baby and Bugs Bunny. Featuring Barbara Streisand, Ryan O’Neal and Madeline Kahn, What’s Up Doc became the third highest grossing film of 1972 and won the Writers Guild of America award for “Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen’ in 1973.

The film centers on four identical plaid overnight bags and the people who own them. The four owners of the bags: Howard Bannister, Mrs. Van Hoskins, Mr. Smith, and Judy Maxwell, happen to check into the Hotel Bristol at the same time. Mrs. Van Hoskins bag is filled with expensive jewels, while Mr. Smith’s bag contains top secret government documents that a mysterious Mr. Jones is after. Two hotel employees attempt to steal the jewels belonging to Mrs. Van Hoskins, while Mr. Jones attempts to get the bag belonging to Mr. Smith. Over the course of the evening, the bags get switched haphazardly from room to room as the four parties unwittingly take one another’s suitcases. Without realizing it, Howard ends up with the jewels, Judy with the documents, Mr. Smith with the clothes, and the thieves with the rocks.

We will wrap up the film screening with a group discussion. Our event is free, but please support us by buying some delicious popcorn for which proceeds will go directly towards the continuation of T2F’s programmes for the community!

When: Tuesday, 8th May 2018
Where: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:40 PM
Entry: Free, but donations are requested so we can continue to bring you programs like this

First Fridays Open Mic Night: May Edition

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of May 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, 4th May 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Dance Mandala with Alizeh

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

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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, 7th May 2018

Where: The Second Floor (T2F)

Time: 07:00PM – 08:00PM

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.**

Introduction to Feminism: What is it and Why does Pakistan need it?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

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“Overrated”. “Misunderstood”. “Complicated”. “Man-hating”. These are just some of the descriptions that many come up with when asked to describe feminism in Pakistan. Many feminists even choose to disassociate themselves from the “F” word.

Why does this confusion exist? One guess is that there is a lack of awareness about the movement and where it originated. Another guess is that we are unsure of how feminism applies to us in our surroundings.

Join us at T2F for a panel discussion with esteemed experts Areesha Banglani, Shandana Minhas, Adnan Sarwar and Sohai Ali Abro, who debunk the controversy around the word ‘feminism’ and try to explain why a country like Pakistan is in dire need of understanding its responsibility towards women.

About the project:

Laraka Larki is a feminist public advocacy initiative that aims to empower women and other marginalized groups in Pakistan by helping them discover their rights as citizens, and by teaching them to fight back.

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Date: Sunday, 6th May 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.