Archive for August, 2018

Retune your Sundays: Introduction to Harmonium by Ahmer Amir

Friday, August 31st, 2018

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Learn how to play harmonium in three months with Ahmer Amir aka Bunny! Join us every Sunday at T2F starting Sunday 9th September 2018 from 2pm – 3:30pm

Course Outline:

Scales (Major & Minor)

Chords – Major

Chords – Minor

Mainstream Raag

Song Lessons

About the Teacher

Ahmer Amir aka Bunny – is a versatile musician belonging to the Patiala Gharana (family) of music and a graduate of Musicology from Arts Council Karachi. He was awarded ‘Best Vocalist’ at SZABIST Battle of the bands, and has won several competitions including I Am Karachi Vocals, Youth Festival, IU Vibes and IBA Enigma. With his family background and experience, Bunny has a strong grip on classical music and has developed a unique teaching style where he fuses classical with pop music. He plays the harmonium, guitar, piano, kazoo, melodica and darbooka, and has composed several songs for young and emerging artists. Bunny also teaches music at CAPA (Keynotes), READ’s School, PCCC and TDF Ghar.

Dates: Sunday, 9th September 2018 – Sunday, 25th November 2018

Time: 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Registration Fee: Rs. 9000/- (for three months)

Age Group: Teenagers and Adults

Last Day to Register: 8th September 2018

***Participants are encouraged to bring their own instrument. This workshop is open to 10 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 for online registrations***

Thinking Films: Jago Huwa Savera (1959)

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

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Dear Friends, Artists, Cinephiles,

We present to you Thinking Films, a series of film screenings curated to explore storytelling in world cinema. Our selection is not fixated on any one genre or language. Blockbusters, classics, arthouse, experimental and foreign films will all have their day!

The films will be introduced by filmmaker, writer (and unabashed geek) Sabeeh Ahmad, and each screening will be followed by an open discussion about the work and its craft.

This week’s offering: Jago Huwa Savera (1959)

Director: A. J. Kardar

Screenplay: Faiz Ahmed Faiz

A co-production of artists from the Eastern and Western wings of Pakistan, Jago Huwa Savera depicts the lives of East Pakistani fishermen in the village of Saitnol (near Dhaka) and their struggles with loan sharks. The film was screened at the 2008 New York Film Festival and as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Join us on Wednesday, 5th September at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films — “Jago Huwa Savera”

Date: Wednesday, 5th September 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

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

Qavvaali Mehfil by Taj Muhammad Shad Muhammad Niazi

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018


Join us for a Qavvaali Mehfil, by Taj Muhammad Shad Muhammad Niazi, at Faraar Gallery, T2F on Saturday, 1st September 2018 for our monthly Qavvaali 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, 1st September 2018

Time: 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

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

Drum Circle with Mohsin Kazi

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

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

Join us for an evening of Drum Circle with Mohsin Kazi!

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, 31st August 2018

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

*We have limited drums available this time , which will be used on a first come first served basis, participants are encouraged to bring their personal equipment to this session*

Dance Mandala with Alizeh

Monday, August 27th, 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.

Date: Monday, 3rd September 2018
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

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


Launch of Sheeba & the Private Detectives

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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AzCorp is launching its latest title based on Edutainment model called ‘Sheeba & the Private Detectives (SPD)’. It is a series featuring four friends that love education and are determined to challenge illiteracy and ignorance against all odds. With adventures intended to appeal to children ages 7-12 (grade 2-5), these young heroes travel all around Pakistan in search of local ‘mysteries’. Armed with books. They use familiar principles of science, math, social studies and a dose of common sense sleuthing to solve the gravest of community conundrums. Through this launch event, AzCorp would like to introduce the company and SDP to its target audience by highlighting the significance of edutainment based content on the learning abilities of children, which has been assessed through a 3rd party. As per the research, children showed nearly 17% improvement in their reading comprehension skills and retention of content information after reading the first two issues only.

About the organisation:

AzCorp is a social enterprise that creates meaningful & entertaining comic series, with embedded civics, social values, and themes of gender equality. Our vision is to establish a relate-able universe, of LOCAL heroes, that can drive social change.

Date: Sunday, 2nd September

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 05:30 PM – 06:30 PM

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

Jambro Jamathon at T2F

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

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The Jambro Jamathon is a series of jam sessions, hosted in collaboration with the best Jam Spaces of Karachi, featuring musicians from the Jambro community, which also include the most talented musicians from the music industry of Pakistan. This is your chance to get connected to the vibrant jam culture of the city, where the music is always real and spontaneous!

Limited jamming slots will be available on merit and first come first served basis.

Date: Thursday, 30th August 2018

Time: 06:00PM – 10:00PM

Entry Ticket: Free for all who have a profile on Jambro App. Rs.300 for all others.

Maa Dharti Project: Chapter 8

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018


Chapter 8: Jaanvar Bhi Insaan Hein

Climate change, overpopulation and over-consumption of the Earth’s natural resources affect not just human beings but the animal kingdom also. On an average 137 species of animals are going extinct every day due to deforestation – a staggering figure when one considers that these are species that have evolved over millennia to survive! If we like to imagine ourselves being ‘the pinnacle of creation’, then it is high time we accept our responsibility towards Mother Earth and all other species that populate her. Join the next session of the Maa Dharti Project with three eminent speakers that have a very special relationship with the Earth and the animal kingdom!

Tofiq Pasha Mooraj – the spearhead and mentor of the Maa Dharti Project has 30 years of experience in horticulture, floriculture, landscaping, tree-plantation, food development, water management and irrigation. He has hosted several TV shows and produced many documentaries on various environmental topics and is a life-long campaigner of Eco-awareness in Pakistan.

About the guest speakers:
Zohare Ali Shariff – Zohare Ali Shariff is a passionate wildlife conservation advocate with expertise in captive wildlife management. In 1993 he founded and operated the Jungle Kingdom open-plan zoo inside Ayub Park Rawalpindi for about 9 years before transferring it to new owners.

Zain Mustafa – a Parsons School of Design & Columbia University educated Architect, is an international award winning interior designer, educator, animal rights activist and empath. He is leads the Karachi Zoo Revamp Design team and has also led the development of the ACF animal rescue team in 2014.

Date: Tuesday, 28th August 2018
Time: 06:30PM – 08:00PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free! It’s your donations that keep us going.

Philosophy Circle: The Art of Argumentation

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018


Philosophy Circle presents
Session 2: The Art of Argumentation

Most of us use the words, ‘logic’, ‘reason’, ‘rationality’ quite often in our lives. But what does it really mean to be logical, or to have a valid or sound argument? Why is a thing ‘reasonable’? Thinkers have thought about this question for centuries, and yet we somehow assume that we intuitively have their answers. In this session we will explore argumentation as it is done in philosophy, and learn what thinking clearly and non-fallaciously about something means.
In a world where we are constantly told what to think and how to live by structures that dehumanize us, philosophy can be a remarkably effective tool in becoming a good, reasonable human being. It can also teach us to sharpen thinking skills in general, which can be employed in all areas of life. This program is an invitation to the philosophically uninitiated and the philosophically versed, to learn about the basics of this vast subject and engage in asking some of the most central questions that are relevant to human life.

About the speaker:
Umair Khan is a philosopher with an MA in philosophy from the University of Sheffield and currently preparing to start his PhD. His interest areas range from the nature of the self, perception, emotions, and consciousness as a whole. His research includes using scientific experimental data to evaluate philosophical claims about the mind and body, requiring him to be in constant dialogue with cognitive neuroscience and neurobiological research. He also takes a keen interest in philosophy of gender and language.

Date: Wednesday, 29th August
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Qavvaali Mehfil featuring Ghayoor Moiz Mustafa & Brothers

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018


Qavvaali Mahfil featuring Ghayoor and Moiz

Join us on Sunday, 19th August 2018 at Faraar Gallery, T2F for an acoustic Qavvaali Mehfil featuring Ghayoor Moiz & Brothers.

Belonging to the Qavvaal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi, this family’s lineage of Qavvaali dates back to more than 800 years. They are the sons of Fareed Ayaz and grandsons of the inimitable Munshi Raziuddin.The two major Qavvaal have imbibed a lot from their grandfather, Ustad Munshi Raziuddin, having been trained and performed with him several times.

Date: Sunday, 19th August 2018
Time: 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Rs 500. First come, first served at the door.