Archive for July, 2018

Sur ka Safar: Shaam-e-Ghazal with Karam Abbas Khan

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Sur Ka Safr Digital

Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F, for the latest performance in our Sur Ka Safar series, featuring Karam Abbas Khan, accompanied by Salman Wazir on harmonium and Yousuf Kerai on tabla.

About the Artist:
Karam Abbas Khan is the son of late Ustad Ahmed Ali Khan and grandson of Ustad Umeed Ali Khan, both classical vocalists of great renown belonging to the Gwalior gharana. Karam is committed to continuing their family legacy and finding ways in which to experiment merging their techniques and styles with that of more contemporary musical forms. Karam has been awarded NIGAR Filmi Award in 2002 and was nominated for best PTV Classical Singer Award in 1997. He has released a ghazal album, made in collaboration with the late songbird of Pakistan, Mehnaz, in the year 2000. He has also been a member of a fusion band called GARAJ in the year 2005. He has had the honor of performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London that same year and his most recent tour was in the USA in the year 2010. He served as voice coach in the recent Pepsi Pakistan Idol and many of his mentees have become successful commercial singers.

Date: Saturday, 28th July 2018
Time: 07:30PM – 09:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Rs 500. First come, first served at the door

The Mystical Music of Hunza by Bazm-i-Liqa

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018



Come and embark on a spiritual journey to experience a mystical music gathering from the Valley of Hunza, on 21st July 2018 from 6pm to 8pm, at the Faraar Gallery, T2F.

In the midst of today’s world torn apart by threats of violence, extremism and intolerance, sufi teachings, especially through sufi music, are spreading the message of peace, universal brotherhood, love and forbearance and enhancing the emotional, ethical and spiritual health of human society.

Deriving their inspiration from the universal humanistic teachings of Allama Nasiruddin Nasir Hunzai, the Bazm-i-Liqa group of artists combines the poetry of Sufi Masters of Central and South Asia, such as Mawlana Rumi, Amir Khusrow, Nasir Khusrow and Allama Nasiruddin Nasir Hunzai through the powerful medium of traditional music, performed on rubab a & daff. In their gathering, the combination of mystical poems in Urdu, Burushaski and Persian languages are recited in sequence with zikr to enhance the feelings of humility, ecstasy and unity.

Various delegations of Bazm-i Liqa have performed at Rafi Peer Mystic Music Festival and Lok Virsa programs in Pakistan and toured abroad in France.

About the Organisation:
Bazm-i Liqa (mystic assembly for the vision of the beloved) is an arts and cultural promotion society working for preservation and dissemination of sufi music tradition among the younger generations living in the cultural areas of Gilgit, Hunza and Chitral amidst the Karakoram & Hindukush mountains.

Contact Details of Bazm i Liqa’ Karachi
Chairperson: Shahnaz Salim Hunza – 0321 3180249
Co-Chair: Rubina Baloria – 0300 2160677
Coordinator: Azim Ahmed – 03222435825

Date: Saturday, 21st July 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2
Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Entry: Rs. 200/-

Science ka Adda: Science and Pseudoscience

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

SKA Digital

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

Science is the systematic acquisition of knowledge derived from observation, experimentation and study of empirical evidence. Civilization as we know it today, rests on the foundations of practical applications of verifiable scientific discoveries. Pseudoscience on the other hand is a collection of assertions that do not satisfy the requirements of science, but claim to be scientific. Join us at T2F for our next “Science Ka Adda” as Dr. Ather Enam helps us understand science and pseudoscience and how to tell them apart.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Ather Enam is Chair of the Department of Surgery, at the Aga Khan University. His research interests include stem cell transplantation for neurological problems and regeneration of spinal cord injuries. Dr. Enam obtained a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Northwestern University in 1991. He has been awarded the Excellence Award in Neurosurgery by the Pakistan Society of Neurosurgery in 2004, the Physician of the Year Medallion Award by St Joseph’s Mercy of Macomb Hospital, USA, in 2002 and the Outstanding Resident Award by Henry Ford Hospital, USA, in 1998. He is a life member of Sigma Xi, a scientific research honor society, as well as founding president of the Pakistan Society of Basic and Applied Neuroscience. In 2016 he was conferred the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) – the third highest civilian award of Pakistan – for his achievements in the field of medicine.

Date: Friday, 20th July 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2
Time: 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Maa Dharti Project: Chapter 4

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

book reading


Maa Dharti Project

Chapter 4: Kachrey ka Khazana

Garbage CAN, but can you?

The metropolis of Karachi currently generates around 12,000 tonnes of garbage daily, a figure that is expected to increase to 16,000 tonnes by 2020. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Could there be treasure hidden among the garbage if we only learn how to find it? In the Fourth Chapter of the Maa Dharti Project at T2F, Ahmad Shabbar (GarbageCAN) uncovers the hidden secrets of garbage and its potential in the 21st century.

Ahmad Shabbar received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Reed College and a second bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering from the University of North Texas. While studying physics he trained and worked at the Reed Research Reactor and became a licensed Senior Reactor Operator, and the youngest Pakistani to work a nuclear reactor. While studying engineering, he also worked on a project with NASA to remove CO2 from the airstream. He returned to Pakistan 2 years ago and founded ‘GarbageCAN! Sustainable Waste Management’, a social entrepreneurship that focuses on sustainable practices including recycling and overall waste management. His goal is “to provide a homegrown solution to the waste management issue in Pakistan”; and his mission is “to make recycling a norm in every province, city, business, organization, school, and home in the country.”

About the Instructor:

Tofiq Pasha Mooraj has 30 years of experience in horticulture, floriculture, landscaping, tree-plantation, food development, water management and irrigation.  He is a member of Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and Indus Delta Area Water Partnership, a governor of the Hisaar Foundation, an active supporter of Women and Water Network Pakistan and a long-term campaigner of Eco-awareness and environment-protection. He has hosted three TV shows – “Bagh Baani”, “Kitchen Garden” and ”Go Camping with Pasha” – and been involved in making several documentaries on Water both for the corporate sector and private media. Tofiq Pasha has conducted lectures and orientation sessions for several organisations, societies and educational institutions and is a regular guest on various television and radio programs on the environment. He has lived almost his entire life on a 6.5 acre farm in the mega city that is Karachi.

Date: Tuesday, 17th July 2018

Time: 08:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

Dance, Heart, and Mind: Workshop with Suhaee Abro

Thursday, July 12th, 2018


Let’s open our bodies, hearts, and minds and dance it all away!

Registrations are open for a three-day workshop with critically acclaimed dancer Suhaee Abro. Abro’s ‘Dance, Heart, and Mind’ workshop involves elements of dance therapy and aims to provide relief in an age where we are often lead by negative thoughts, fears, and a lack of self  awareness, self love and self respect. The workshop does not require any prior dance experience.

Here is a link to a similar workshop led by Abro in Italy: 

About The Instructor:

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, Germany, 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 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.

Date: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 16th, 17th & 18th July 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Registration Fee: Rs. 4000

***The workshop is open to 18 students maximum. We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F (between Monday – Friday | 1pm-6pm) or send us an email at***

Postervism Exhibition

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018


Join us on Wednesday, 11th July 2018, 4pm – 6pm & on Thursday, 12th July 2018 4pm – 9pm at Faraar Gallery, T2F for ‘Postervism’, a joint collaboration of the Pakistan Chowk Community Centre & the Renaissance Foundation for Social Innovation Pakistan.

It is a national poster design competition, inspired by Poster for Tomorrow, in an attempt to involve designers as well as critical thinkers in highlighting societal issues in the form of posters. The larger aim of this is to stimulate debate about the issues through visual elements involved in a poster.

Meet your Candidates – Election 2018

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Election 2018 - Digital Post

“Democracy is not a spectator sport, it’s a participatory event. If we don’t participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy.”

Join us for a candid debate with National and Provincial Assembly candidates from NA 247, NA 249 and PS 111, and participate in a civil Q&A session to find out more about their respective electoral programs.

The Candidates:
Jibran Nasir (Independent) – NA 247 & PS 111

Afnan Ullah Khan (PMLN) – NA 247

Qadir Khan Mandokhail (PPP) – NA 249

Imran Ismail (PTI) –  PS 111

Date: Thursday, 12th July 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Summer Course in Sindhi Literature with Attiya Dawood

Monday, July 9th, 2018


A wonderful opportunity for all lovers, students and teachers of Sindhi language and literature! Join us this summer for a weekly course in Sindhi Literature spread over six weeks, with renowned poet, writer and activist Attiya Dawood, as she covers all aspects and eras of Sindhi Literature, from classical to contemporary, together with translations.

About the Instructor:

Attiya Dawood, was born in Moledino Larik, a small village in district Naushero Feroz and has been writing poetry since 1980. She has been hailed as the “most important feminist writer in Sindhi” by Shaikh Ayaz, who says about her poetry that, “each and every poem is lustrous like a pearl”. Attiya Dawood is married to eminent painter and designer, Abro, and is settled in Karachi.

Course Outline:

Session 1 – Historical Overview of Sindhi Literature

Historical progression – How particular subject-matters were treated during specific time periods – Why the literature of resistance flourished in Sindh – Why Sufi poets sought assistance of folk stories – (Sassui Punno, Amar Marui, Mokhi Matara, Moriro Mach…) – Shared and unique folk stories of Sindhi culture – Literature during division of Hindustan and the One Unit – Historical perspective on the nationalist literature of the 70-s – Contemporary period

Session 2 – Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai

Brief biography – Comparison with contemporary poets of Shah Latif’s time who wrote in Punjabi, Siraiki, Farsi and Urdu languages – Importance of Shah Latif in Sindhi culture – Poetry of Shah Latif with translations

Session 3 – Khairunnisa Jafri

Life and times of Kairunnisa Jafri – The bold and powerful style of her work – Her commentary on hypocrisy and suppression in feudal society – Urdu translation of “Hostel se Haveli tak” – Other writings and interviews of Khairunnisa Jafri

Session 4 – Sheikh Ayaz

Life and times of Sheikh Ayaz and the political climate that shaped his poetry – Discourse on the style and content of Ayaz’s poetry – Readings of existing translations of Sheikh Ayaz – Translating other poetry of Ayaz directly from Sindhi

Session 5 – Amar Jaleel

Discourse on the style and subject matter in Amar Jaleel’s writings – Reading of Urdu translation of Amar Jaleel’s story, “In Search of a dangerous Sindhi Nationalist” followed by discussion – Other writings and columns of Amar Jaleel including his own commentaries on his work.

Session 6 – Representative poetry of the Contemporary Generation

Two poetesses of the 90-s, Rukhsana Preet and Amar Sindhu – The styles of Nazm, Ghazal and Vaai in their poetry – Feminism and resistance found in the philosophical writings of Amar Sindhu and the romantic writings of Rukhsana Preet

Dates: Wednesday, 18th & 25th July, 1st, 8th, 15th & 29th August

Timings: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Place: The Meeting Studio, The Second Floor (T2F)

Registration Fee: Rs. 3000 (for 6 sessions)

***The workshop is open to 8 students maximum. We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F (between Monday – Friday | 1pm-6pm) or send us an email at to register yourself for this workshop***

THE UNTOLD EDITION: Karachi reimagined

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Untold Edition

The Untold Edition is a public art project aiming to build a positive narrative of the city of Karachi through art. Our open mic invites speakers, musicians, poets, and performers. We welcome diversity of mediums to see what Karachi means to you. A past or future representation or simply emotions and nostalgia; we want positive associations expressed. Let’s veer away from what is lacking and focus on what is worthwhile, what endears us to this city and why it has so much potential.

We would like to see art that engages the audience, drawing them in, triggering nostalgia or provoking thought. We want art that raises questions about our duty to this city; that causes the audience to introspect and reflect. We want art that reminds us why we call ourselves Karachiites.

Date: Friday, 13th July 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 05:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

**Registrations start at 6pm, first come first served. All performers get maximum 10 minutes stage time.**

Saving 9: First Aid Training Workshop

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Saving 9

Saving 9 is holding a free to attend, one-day sampler course  on Saturday, the 14th of July, from 12 PM to 2 PM, at T2F, DHA Karachi! Learn how to deal with basic trauma emergencies and more if you choose to attend the full course!

Register now using the link below!

Date: Saturday, 14th July 2018

Time: 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!