Dungeons & Dragons

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Table-top role-playing is an experience that provides you with an immersive fantasy world to interact with, to become an elven bard unleashing the ballads that tame the most ferocious of dragons, or a Captain of a Starship exchanging quantum phaser fire with the evil galactic empire or the private investigators unravelling the return of the Ancient Ones.
 
And all this is limited by nothing but your imagination. If you can imagine it you can play it.
 
Table-Top role-playing is also therapeutic, provides a fun social interactive way to get rid of stress, and being a collaborative group activity allows you to push your boundaries with team skills, public speaking, collaborative storytelling and most important make friends. Sparks the creativity that has been lying dormant in your mind, unleash the inner hero.
Your Journey starts now.
 
Date: Thursday, 15th November 2018
Time: 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Venue: T2F Cafe

Thinking Films: Remembering Mushtaq Gazdar

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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. Join us on Thursday, 15th November 2018 at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films : Remembering Mushtaq Gazdar. This screening will be followed by a discussion with Jami, Durriya Kazi and Satish Anand on the panel with Sabeeh Ahmed as the moderator, who will talk about the work of Mushtaq Gazdar.

This weeks offering:

They are Killing the Horse (1978) 
Song of Wishes (1978)
Concert on Footpath (1986)

About Mushtaq Gazdar:

Born in Karachi on 10th November 1937, Mushtaq Gazdar did his post graduation in physics from Karachi University. However his heart lay in the art of film making and he pursued his passion by first apprenticing in film studios in Lahore and then taking film courses in London while working there as a teacher. He returned to Pakistan and set up an independent production house Films d’Art in 1967. During his career which lasted till the day he died on November 15, 2000, he had created an important body of work.

His films have shown at international film festivals and the docudrama They are Killing the Horse won him the coveted Grand Prix at the Tampere International Short Film Festival in Finland and the the Weg Zum Nachburn award at Oberhausen film festival. This and another film, Ten Days of Lamentation were banned during Zia’s martial law. His films have been awarded Pakistan film industry’s famed Nigar Award for best locally produced documentary films.

In 1992, he was awarded the prestigious Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan for his contribution to the art of film making. He was on the governing body of the Arts Council of Karachi and he also authored Pakistan Cinema 1947-1997 (published by OUP) a seminal work on the Pakistan film industry.

They are Killing the Horse (1978) 

Grand Prix winner at Tampere International Film Festival and recipient of the Weg Zum Nachburn award at Oberhausen film festival,  this film shows the plight of a young woman who suffers depression on account of social and sexual repression all around her. Her family takes her to various shrines and pirs in Sindh for cure which results in her condition becoming even worse and complicated. Completed in the aftermath of the 1977 military takeover, this was the first time ever that issues of violence and suppression were addressed on celluloid.

Song of Wishes (1978)

This short film based on the famous Iqbal poem “Lab pe AAti hai Dua” which is sung every morning across schools in Pakistan juxtaposes lives of  children working as labourers, or on the on the streets  with what can be an attainable dream for each and every child in the country.

Concert on Footpath (1986)

Taking selections from the works of four poets – Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, N. Meem Rashid, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Sahir Ludhianvi – as its narration, “Concert on Foothpath” looks at life on the streets of Karachi for the thousands who migrate from the rural areas for a better livelihood. In strange cities, the footpath is a source of comfort for musicians, artisans, craftsmen and workers where they contrive to make a fresh start in urban culture. Some make their way ahead while others become a permanent feature of the footpath life.

Date: Thursday, 15th November 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

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

Khayal Gayki by Taansen Academy of Performing Arts

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Join us at T2F for an evening of ‘Khayal Gayki’ organised by Tanseen Academy of Performing Arts where Kashif Zafar will perform with the idea to promote the ‘Khayal’ style of singing among youth.

About the Performer:

Kashif Zafar is a graduate in music from the National Academy of Performing Arts ( NAPA). Further, he learned the art of Khayal Gayaki from the maestros Ustad Rauf Naseer Saami & Urooj Naseer Saami of Qawwal Bacha Dilli Gharana. Kashif Zafar excels his art by singing Khayal, Qawwali, Thumri, Folk, Ghazal, Popular, Sufi Fusion & Experimental music.

He sings Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Punjabi, Saraiki & English languages. He established Pakistan’s first Qawwali Fusion Ensemble that has been a part of German weeks to promote a soft image of Pakistan and to bring peace and love in communities through Qawwali music and the teachings of the Sufi saints.

Kashif is a regular performer & has performed at all the major music festivals & live concerts in Pakistan. His music has been featured on TV, Radio, Social media & music websites. He has sung romantic, devotional & patriotic songs. He has also sung & composed for TV drama serials & jingles.

He established Taansen Academy of Performing Arts in 2008 & still continues to provide professional music training to the new & upcoming artists.

He teaches Eastern Classical Vocal music. He has trained a number of students at the Taansen academy and helped them to record & released their music professionally on TV, Radio, internet, and music websites.

He runs an independent record label t-records. He has produced & released music albums through Taansen independent record label that gained popularity internationally. Providing a platform for new talent to record & release their music through proper music training and guidance.

He is a founder/director of Ustad Shagird Centre Project working since 2016. An initiative to bring peace & harmony to communities through Sufi teachings, music, art & culture. Providing education & support to the underprivileged children in the rural areas of Karachi.

Date: Friday, 16th November 2018

Time: 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free, It’s your donations that keep us going!

Jaun by Fringe Karachi Repertory

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Join us at T2F on 23rd and 24th November at 8pm for a theatrical performance of ‘Jaun by Fringe Karachi Repertory’. The event is not a recital, it is a theatrical performance based on the works of Jaun with a narrative weaved somewhere between impressionist and abstracted frameworks. It is adapted for performance by Zohair Raza collaborating with Hammad Khan, Sehrish, Aqeel Ahmed, Najma Kifayat and Adnan Jaffar.

The play has a classical narrative structure but instead of the events, it is designed over Kaifiyaat and as a result the following synopsis do not have an orthodox explanation of events and motivations but still this play contain characters which have an arc to their transformation based on the three act structure.

Jaun was everything but what the masses have decided who he was: a depressed joker who writes word play on his ex-lover. Jaun Elia, born into a family of learned men, was immensely inspired by his father, Allama Syyed Shafiq Hasan Elia, who was a polymath. Yet, he resented or at times feared this immense thirst for knowledge. He was aware of the fact that his father, who was interested in astronomy and philosophy, among other things, had a regular correspondence with Greenwich observatory and with the famous Bertrand Russell. He was also aware of the fact that his fathers household expenses were bared by his elder uncle. Jaun knew that the path to knowledge is the path to financial failure but still he chose this path on his own accord. Unlike what we have perceived of Jaun as a wandering carefree alcoholic or distressed genius, he was trying to give his fathers lifelong love affair with knowledge a closure. He was trying to fulfil his promise he made to his dying father that he will publish his multi-lingual and multi-subjective works. Most of his life, Jaun refrained from publishing his own works because of the aforementioned promise. Upon publishing his first book, he didn’t feel guilt but defeat; because, despite his numerous efforts, no one was willing to publish books for which there was no audience left alive.

In this play, we have tried to give it a closure, although a tragic one, it tries to shy away from the popular poetry of Jaun and find a narrative in some other ones in which we don’t see Jaun the performer, but Jaun the introspect. He was an optimist who eventually lost all hope and believed that his talents were wasted. But what it was that he considered as talent? To find this answer we turned our attentions to farnood, his collection of essays and prose and discovered that he was a philosopher modernist of subcontinent. At times, he seemed more comprehensible than Mullah Sadra and more courageous and inclusive than Iqbal since for Jaun, religion was secondary. From there, we were redirected to his poetry and eventually to a conclusive answer. He was a philosopher, but his talents were in the manner with which he communicated his ideas and struggles with the populace he considered as repeaters or Goonj of what is not their own; who were snobbishly obsessed with writing research on Chacha Ghalib in Firangi Zaban , the boozna who won a tree full of apples by mimicking human and lost at the same time.

Shaayar to bas do hain, mir taqi aur mir jaun
Baqi jo hain Shaam o saher khairiyat say hain

About the Group:
Fringe Karachi repertory is a collective of theatre graduates and practitioners. Our objective is to step away from conventional theatre practices and explore new narrative treatments with a focus on, eventually, developing original content.

Dates: Friday, 23rd November 2018 & Saturday, 24th November 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Entry: Rs. 300/- (Available at Venue)

*Gates open at 07:30PM*

Maa Dharti Project: Bhajitable Garden Workshop

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Do you know where your vegetables come from? Are they grown on a nice organic farm or else in sewerage water or an industrial plant using chemicals in the form of pesticides and fertilizers? It is time to become aware of the food we eat and the source it comes from! And what better way than to grow your own food enabling you to eat fresh, clean and healthy vegetables at a hands distance from your kitchen.

This is step two of the Maa Dharti project. The first was talks on various subjects including Home grown vegetables. This is where we do it practically. We will also be have a demo on composting and Garbage Separation.

Join renowned gardener and environmentalist Tofiq Pasha Mooraj (The Maali) as he explains the techniques that will enable you to “get your hands in the dirt, your head in the sun, your heart with nature”, and feed not just your body but your soul.

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 organizations, societies and educational institutions and is a regular guest on various television and radio programs about the environment. He has lived almost his entire life on a 6.5 acre farm in the mega city that is Karachi.

Date: Saturday, 17th November 2018
Time: 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Place: The Urban Forest Karachi

UF location link

www.tinyurl.com/forestkarachi
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

Project Hope by Anxiety Anonymous

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‘Project Hope’ is a weekly mental health support group initiative taken by an online mental health group, Anxiety Anonymous.

It is studied that Mental illness typically strikes young people in their most productive years, 16-25 with conditions like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder and while there is currently a lot of awareness being created on these issues, there is however not much being done to create help and a collective solution for the problem in terms of encouraging the affected people to seek medical help or developing emotional fitness or control.

Project Hope will offer a chance to people suffering from mental health issues to not only network and talk to each other but identify the recurring patterns or moods they go through as well so that they can create ways to channel the feelings associated to their anxiety and depression in order to develop better control and be more productive and creative in their daily lives.

The event will have four influencer speakers Khalid Malik, Ahsan Bari, Varah Mussavir and Hasan Daudpota from the fields of Music, TV/Radio, Business and Art/Humanity as well as two certified experts in the fields of Psychology, Therapy and Life Coaching.

A short play on mental health among the youth will also be performed by students of Beaconhouse School System’s Drama society and the event would descend in a mystic and mesmerizing performance by multi-genre ensemble and band, ‘Sounds Of Kolachi’.

About the Organisation:

Anxiety Anonymous is an online Mental Health support group initiated by Dreen Anwar with 1,017 members reached in a matter of 2 months. Dreen Anwar is a Creative Director & Designer by profession and has been a victim of chronic anxiety, persistent depression and panic disorder since her teenage. She realized that identifying your type of mental health problems can take time and therefore longer in treatment which is why she believes it is important to create general awareness about mental health as well as encourage people to seek treatment and develop emotional muscle in cases of early signs.

The group has a majority of young adults and teenagers as well as doctors, therapists, life coaches and psychiatrists like Sana Zehra, Misban Khan, Nusrat Jabbar, Asad Rezzvi and more. It also encourages people to share their stories without worrying about the stigma or judgment associated to discussing mental health problems and hence has an option of posting as anonymous if someone wishes to keep their identity hidden. Muneeza Khan and Ammar Sheikh follow up on weekly group posts and shares.

The group has received a lot of support and encouragement and the organizers hope it turns out to be a stepping stone in creating maximum awareness about Mental Health in Pakistan.

Date: Wednesday, 14th November 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Entry: Rs. 400/- (Available at Venue)

Level 2 : Starting a Regular Mindfulness Practice by Noorulain Masood

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How do you get your mind to stop shuttling between the past and future? How do you get it to sit still, to be in the moment? How can you relish life as it is, not how it should be?

Having a mindfulness meditation practice helps. In Level 1 of “Starting a Regular Mindfulness Practice by Noorulain Masood”, we explored how it gives you a safe space to begin observing your thoughts from a place of no judgment.

Levels 2 and 3 take you deeper, helping you learn how to become more present day to day, moment to moment. We draw from the works of Eckhart Tolle to explore the concepts of Ego (the man-made “false” self) and the Painbody (the wounds we carry of past emotional pain); and learn how to navigate them to become more mindful of and present to life itself.

Like all be. offerings, this workshop aims to create a kind, accepting, and interactive environment where we really get into it, no question is a “stupid” one, and we cheer each other on as we slowly learn to settle our minds. All we ask for is an open heart and mind, and a desire to learn.

Having completed Level 1 will help but is not a prerequisite for Level 2.

Noorulain Masood is the founder of be. [link: www.befullstop.com], a socially conscious business to mainstream mindful and purposeful living in fast-paced and chaotic Karachi. Noor has had a daily meditation practice for the last 9 years, attended more than 5 silent retreats, has a certification in Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth from the Center for Adolescent Studies, USA, and is a scholarship recipient for the two-year mindfulness teacher training with the Awareness Training Institute (Washington DC) and Greater Good Science Center (UC Berkeley). Over the last decade, Noor has held high impact positions at nationally and globally recognized development organizations. She has a deep commitment towards civic engagement and has taught with some names who have shaped the field of social leadership. Noor completed her graduate work in International Development from Harvard University, where she studied on a fully funded Fulbright scholarship. She is also an aspiring musician.

Dates:
Session 1: Sunday, 11th November 2018
Session 2: Tuesday, 13th November 2018
Session 3: Sunday, 18th November 2018
Session 4: Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Timings:
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Tuesday: 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration Fee: Rs. 2000/-

*We only have capacity for 20 participants, so kindly come in and sign up at T2F (1pm-6pm) or send us an email at info@peaceniche.org for online registrations. First come, first served.**

Mai Dhai Live Performance – Moods of Tharparkar

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Hailing from Tharparkar, Sindh from a very humble family background, Mai Dhai is an epitome of folk culture. With her uniquely soulful voice, strong vocal power and rapturous Dholak playing, she is able to mesmerize her audiences and transport them to the vast and scorching landscape of Tharpakar. Mai Dhai was born in Barmer district of the Indian state of Rajasthan and trained with her mother, Khand Bai. She was first picked up by Lahooti Live Sessions in Jamshoro, and then by Music Mela in Islamabad, after which she made her appearance on national television in Coke Studio Season 8. Mai Dhai has since performed across Pakistan and at several eminent international venues such as South by South West Festival in Austin Texas and the City University of New York last year.

Date: Saturday, 10th November 2018

Time: 07:30 PM – -9:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs.500/-

Dungeons & Dragons

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In the The Frozen Hell of Stygia, our heroes will make their final stand.

Assault on Fangwood Keep – Campaign Finale

We are not accepting any new registration this week, though you are welcome to come and watch.

Date: Thursday, 8th November 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Venue: T2F

The Cosmic Dance of Energy

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Introduction to Taichi and Chi Gung – with Master of Kung Fu and Music Ustad Muhammad Munawwar

Taichi or Taiji Chuan is an ancient Martial Art (Wushu), Meditation System and Health Practice from China. It is used by most Kung Fu practitioners in the world to complement and enhance their skills. In Mandarin Chinese language ‘Taiji’ refers to the Supreme Oneness of Being from which the twin forces of Yin and Yang originate. ‘Chuan’ means ‘Fist’ or ‘Boxing’.

Chi Gung (Chi Kung) is a holistic system of coordinated body movement, breath, stretching and meditation used for Preventive Medicine, Self-Healing and Self-Cultivation. ‘Chi’ refers to the ‘Life Energy’ and ‘Gung’ or ‘Kung’ means ‘Cultivation’.

Though it can equally be used as an effective fighting style, the primary purpose of Taichi and Chi Gung is self-cultivation and awareness in every aspect of one’s life. As such it is as beneficial for small children as it is for elderly people. Indeed the benefits of Taichi and Chi Gung have proved to reverse the effects of most physical and mental ailments in the human body, and its practice is encouraged around the world as a highly effective form of alternate and preventive medicine.

Master Muhammad Munawwar Shamroz is the senior most practitioner of Taichi and Chi Gung in Pakistan, who started training Kung Fu from the age of 10 from Chinese Master Zen Bo in Karachi. Nest he studied Taichi and Chi Gung under Master Chen Shun Hua of the renowned Chen school of Taichi Chuan. His third and present teacher is Master Peter Chan (relative of Jackie Chan), who sometimes visits Pakistan and teaches both Taichi and Wing Chun. Wing Chun is another style of Chinese Kung Fu developed around three hundred years ago by Buddhist Nun, Ng Mui, who was one of the Five Elders – survivors of the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing Dynasty.

Master Munawwar himself hails from the renowned Rajasthani musical family of Pakistan and is son of Ustad Anwar Hussain, and a relative of the legendary Ghazal singer Ustad Mehdi Hassan. His two passions in life are Kung Fu and music. Master Munawwar has won numerous martial arts competitions and is one of the most respected Kung Fu practitioners of Karachi. He is the senior most master of Rainbow Taichi and Chi Gung style of Kung Fu in Pakistan and has been teaching his art for the last 30 years.

Date: Tuesday, 6th November 2018

Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Free, It’s your donations that keep us going!