An epidemic of unsafe abortions: Are doctors fulfilling their duty-of-care?

Thursday 20th July 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

We invite you to attend a panel session being held at T2F by Marie Stopes Society, titled: An epidemic of unsafe abortions: Are doctors fulfilling their duty-of-care?”. The panelists include an esteemed nucleus of key members from academia, healthcare, law and the media, including the likes of Dr. Sadiah Pal (leading gynecologist), Sarah Malkani (Lawyer based in Karachi) and Dr. Asif Aslam Farrukhi (Dean – School of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences at Habib University), amongst others.

We are grateful for your support and look forward to your participation as a key member of the audience.

Save the Date

Date: Thursday 20th July 2017
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)


Community Update | T2F Newsletter Jan-Jun 2017

Dear Friends,
We are delighted to introduce our first newsletter to the community. Since the inception of our space in 2007, The Second Floor (T2F) has been at the core of PeaceNiche’s commitment towards intellectual debate, fostering the creative mindset and addressing the critical issues of our time. This year marks our tenth anniversary.

It is an exciting phase for us to engage with the community and we want to take this opportunity to present some new initiatives and report on previous events. Our aim is to send out a newsletter on a quarterly basis, to keep you in touch with news and developments which relate to our day-to-day operations, policies, programming and projects.

Whilst the majority of the material in this newsletter is inevitably reporting from developments   in-house, we are keen to respond to the interests of our readers and look forward to your feedback and comments on this first edition.

We hope you will enjoy our first issue of Community Update. Let us know what you think!

PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F) Team

Read and download here: Community Update | T2F Newsletter Jan-Jun 2017


Wednesday July 19th 2017 – Wednesday August 9th 2017


“The modern way of seeing is to see in fragments. It is felt that reality is essentially unlimited, and knowledge is open-ended. It follows that all boundaries, all unifying ideas have to be misleading, demagogic; at best, provisional; almost always, in the long run, untrue. To see reality in the light of certain unifying ideas has the undeniable advantage of giving shape and form to our experience. But it also – so the modern way of seeing instructs us – denies the infinite variety and complexity of the real. Thereby it represses our energy, indeed our right, to remake what we wish to remake – our society, ourselves. What is liberating, we are told, is to notice more and more. …
… There is no final photograph.”

From Susan Sontag’s essay, Photography: A Little Summa in “At The Same Time: Essays and Speeches” (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2007)

Naveen Naqvi is a fine art photographer. Her photographic work has been published in print and online, and exhibited in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this she was a broadcast, print and online journalist, television actor, poet, music show host, and model.

Artist’s Statement:
“While I do not identify as a landscape photographer, this work was made over the course of 2015 and 2017. It was a time of personal difficulty in which the forests of Vancouver were a great solace. With the exception of two pictures, all images are made on 35mm and 120mm film.

I am interested in issues of belonging, desire, loss and impermanence. (I often think of how ‘belonging’ holds within it ‘longing’.) As we, the world, and we in the world are in a constant state of hurtling “forward,” my photographs and writing come from a need to understand what it means to be in this time.”

Ali Sultan is a self-taught painter and photographer who lives and works in Lahore. He gets lost in windows, hides in stairways, hangs in curtains and sleeps in a hat.


Naveen Naqvi and Ali Sultan
Faraar Gallery
July 19 – August 9, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, July 19 | 5-8 pm
Regular Gallery Hours: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th July 2017 | 4:00PM – 10:00PM

JOIN US for new masti on July 14 and 15, from 4 – 10 pm each day, for Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar – an event where we can experience art and meet artists in an accessible, inclusive, dynamic, and engaging environment.

We are dreaming up new collaborations, interactive features, community-meets, pop-up exhibitions, open studios, and more. We are allowing ourselves to imagine a public art that feels truly local – not only in its experience and aesthetic but also in whom it invites and engages with. We are spilling onto the street to meet our neighbors halfway. We are daring to include multiple, distinct art forms in one massive show, and we are convinced that it is possible to curate across a spectrum of art practices. We are stretching the limits of what a contemporary show can look like, and we’d love for you to join us!

Watch this space over the next week for more info on our participants and features!



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Date: Friday 14th & Saturday 15th July 2017
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)

Film Screening+ Q&A: Bachelor Girls

Sunday, 9th July 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

In the heart of city of dreams, Mumbai, single independent women are facing housing discrimination because of their status of being ‘unmarried’. The dream of freedom is shattered in this leading cosmopolitan, as women hailing from small towns and big cities recount their stories of rejection and exclusion. ‘Bachelor Girls’, as labelled by the society, struggle to find a roof above their head and question the idea of freedom for women in today’s modern India.

moderated by Sadia Khatri

PRESENTED BY Documentary Association of Pakistan AND The Second Floor (T2F)


Date: Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously)

The History, Art & Performance of Ghazal in Hindustani Sangeet

Saturday, 8th July 2017 | 6:00PM – 8:30PM 

Topics that would be covered under the talk:
Urdu Poetry – History & Genres
Beher, Zameen, Qafiya & Radeef
Ghazal in Poetry
Sur & Laya
Raag & Taal
Ghazal in Music
Origin, Evolution & History of Singing Ghazal
Genres of Hindustani Sangeet
Social, Cultural, Religious & Political Aspects
Ghazal & the Nautch Girl
Styles of Ghazal Singing

Ally Adnan
Ally Adnan is an enthusiastic and indefatigable patron of the arts, and a well-known speaker on topics of culture, history and the arts. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has headed several business units in a number of multi-national telecommunications firms. His true love, however, is the arts.

Ally is a collector of arts, antiquities and music. His art collection of more than six thousand (6,000) paintings includes original works by Abdul Rehman Chughtai, Ahmed Parvez, Ali Imam, Allah Bux, Bashir Mirza, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Gulgee, Jamil Naqsh, Joan Miro, M F Hussain, Marino Marini, Pablo Picasso, Sadequain, Sayed Haider Raza, and many other artists. His collection of music includes eighty (80) thousand hours of unpublished live recordings of music from South Asia. He recently donated a portion of his music collection to the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, where the archive is named after him. Antique Japanese cloisonné, English sterling silver, Persian and Afghan rugs, Russian icons, Chinese snuff bottles, Japanese Cloisonné vases, Mughal jewelry, Muslim prayer beads, and Tibetan thangkas are amongst other items that he collects.

Ally started writing at the age of eleven (11) and is one of the few Pakistani writers who have written about music and the performing arts consistently for almost four (4) decades. His writings have appeared in Dawn, the Express Tribune, the Friday Times, Good Times, the Herald, Lajja, the Nation, Newsline, Page 3, the Pakistan Observer, She, Upstreet, V Mag and a number of other publications. His writings on classical music form a valuable treatise on the theory, culture and practice of music in India and Pakistan. Ally speaks on culture and the arts on the radio, television, schools and research symposia, all over the world, on a regular basis.

Ally’s area of expertise is Qavvaali and Sufism. He has conducted extensive research in the two areas and speaks and writes often on topics related to Qavvaali and Sufism. He has presented Qavaali all over the world and is considered a subject matter expert in the field.

Ally sits on the board of a number of institutions and organizations including the Indian Classical Music Circle of Dallas & Fort Worth and heads the After Hours organization which is dedicated to supporting South Asian art in the United States.


When: Saturday, July 8th 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 100

Dance Mandala with Alizeh!

Monday, 3rd July 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

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.

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When: Monday, 3rd July 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Film Screening: The Streets Are Ours

Tuesday, 20th June 2017 | 8:00PM – 9:00PM 

Join us for the screening of The Streets Are Ours on our beloved founder, Sabeen Mahmud’s 43rd birthday.

This short documentary tells the inspiring story of Sabeen, founder of Karachi’s performance space T2F, who paved the way for American actress/writer Fawzia Mirza to perform her one-woman show across Pakistan, one month before her tragic death.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director, Michelle Fiordaliso and Cinematographer, Anam Abbas.


When: Tuesday, 20th June 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00 PM
Entry: Free! (Please donate generously to support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation)

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi

Friday, 23rd June 2017 | 10:00PM – 12:00AM

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

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When: Friday, 23rd June 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 10:00PM – 12:00AM

Entry: Rs. 400

Ramzan Qavvaali Series: Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers

Friday, 16th June 2017 | 10:00PM – 12:00AM

Keeping the flame of the Delhi Gharana alive, Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers perform traditional qavvaali, perfected over 20 years of live performances around the world. The troupe has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and across South Asia and have received multiple accolades for their renditions.

In addition to performances, Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are committed to sharing their art and knowledge by presenting lectures and workshops about the age-old institution of qavvaali.

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When: Friday, 16th June 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 10:00PM – 12:00AM

Entry: Rs. 400