A Life in Music: Benefit Concert for Ustad Khurshid Hussain

Saturday, 22nd April 2017 | 7:00PM

Come and witness the splendor of rhythms from all over the subcontinent and a rare opportunity to listen to a tradition that started in Delhi several centuries ago and spread to all corners of South Asia.

All the proceeds from this benefit concert will be presented to Ustad Khurshid Hussain.

Ustad Sajid Hussain
Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan
Shehroze Hussain
Zohaib Hassan
Yousuf Kerai

Ustad Khurshid Hussain
One of the few doyens of tabla that remain in Pakistan today, Ustad Khurshid Hussain hails from a family of musicians. His father, Mehboob Hussain, was a sarangi player and entrusted his friend, the great Ustad Habib Khan (also known as Baba Bibia Khan) to teach his son the art of tabla playing. Although Ustad Khurshid Hussain’s blood line is from the Ajrada Gharana, he learned tabla primarily from Ustad Habib Khan who was well versed with all the gharanas’ styles and compositions. Khurshid Saheb has been an employee of Radio Pakistan and has performed live with some of the greatest musicians that Pakistan has witnessed including Ustad Kabir Khan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Ghulab Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Iqbal Bano, Farida Khanum, and Sajid Hussain. He is also the accompanist of choice for visiting artistes from India.

Ustad Sajid Hussain
Hailing from a family of musical virtuosos, Sajid Hussain, is the disciple of his father, Ustad Fida Hussain, and his uncle, Ustad Kabir Khan. Belonging to the Senia Gharana that traces its roots to Mian Tansen, Sajid Hussain began to play the sitar at the age of 16. He has performed for radio, television and music festivals such as the All Pakistan Music Conference. Sajid Hussain is one of the senior artistes and composers in the new ensemble, Tarz Group which comprises of classically trained musicians who present South Asian musical heritage in a new orchestral style. In addition to performances, Sajid Hussain has focused his attention on educating his children in the art that is his ancestral inheritance. He is one of the few remaining sitar maestros of Pakistan and his artistry lies not only in his playing but also in his magnificent compositions.

Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan
Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan is the son of Ustad Qudratullah Khan and the brother of the late Ustad Zafar Ali Khan. He belongs to the Gwalior Gharana of music, a tradition that traces its roots back to Mian Tansen, a legendary musical maestro in the court of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. With great agility and immense creativity, Mehmood Ali Khan’s vocal renditions are an evidence of a tradition in good hands.

Shehroze Hussain
Shehroze Hussain is the eldest son of sitar maestro Ustad Sajid Hussain of the Senia Gharana. Shehroze started learning sitar at the very early age of six and has performed at a range of private and public venues such as Sampurna, All Pakistan Music Conference, and Lahore Music Forum. For the last three years he has been a star performer, alongside his father, in the classical ensemble, Tarz Group, led by Yousuf Kerai. Possessing an excellent grip on the sitar and achieving great technical agility with his voice, Shehroze brings a refreshing personality to the tradition of sitar players.

Zohaib Hassan
Born into a family of musicians hailing from the Amritsar gharana, Zohaib has established himself among the leading sarangi players in Pakistan.The members of his illustrious family include Ustad Hussain Bukhsh Amritsari, Ustad Nathu Khan, Ustad Peeru Khan and Ustad Abdul Hameed Khan. Zohaib’s initial training came under his family elders, and later he became a disciple of Ustad Ghulam Haider Khan of the Qasur gharana. Zohaib is keeping alive his family’s nearly extinct style of sarangi playing that incorporates all four fingers, giving his playing a greater speed, fluidity, and variety of note combinations. Zohaib has performed in Pakistan, UK, Italy, and India, and is presently striving hard to create a presence on the International platform.

Yousuf Kerai
Yousuf Kerai learned to sing and play the harmonium under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. At the age of sixteen, he was accepted as a student of Ustad Khurshid Hussain and has been a student of tabla for over 16 years. Yousuf is the founder of the Tarz Group and is committed to finding innovative ways for our musical heritage to adapt and grow in value so that it can be passed on to future generations as an integral part of our South Asian identity.

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When: Saturday, 22nd April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM 

Entry: Rs. 1000 (All the proceeds from this benefit concert will be presented to Ustad Khurshid Hussain)

Book Launch: People’s Movements in Pakistan by Aslam Khwaja

Friday, 21st April 2017 | 7:30PM

Aslam Khwaja’s People’s Movements in Pakistan historically locates, and explains, the mass movements in Pakistan in the age of ‘alternative facts’. Traversing a broad timeline that charts the democratic struggles against successive dictatorships, the book also revisits the trials and tribulations of artists and poets part of the Progressive Writer’s Association, as well as discusses the origins of the feminist movement in Pakistan.

About the Author:
Aslam Khwaja was born in Hyderabad in 1962, and remained a prominent figure on the leftist political landscape of Pakistan in the late 1970s. He worked as a reporter and sub-editor with leading Sindhi newspapers of his time, has translated over two dozen books from Sindhi into English, and is the author of ‘1857 kī jang-i-azādī’. He has been working with The Eidhi Foundation since 1986, and was an active part of the India-Pakistan peace initiative, including the New Delhi-Multan Peace March of 2005. People’s Movements in Pakistan is his most recent book.

Haris Gazdar
Qurrat Mirza

Aslam Khwaja Poster

When: Friday, 21st April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM 

Entry: Free! (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously).

Telefilm Screening: Firdaus ki Dozakh

Wednesday, 19th April 2017 | 7:00PM

From the star-duo Khalid Ahmed and Bee Gul comes a drama of inter-generational conflict that affects the lives of two women in contemporary day Pakistan. The news of young Amina’s rape is hushed by her family in the name of honor and remains repressed in history. Years later, a similar trauma in her daughter’s life sets in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures which remind Amna of her own tragedy. Linked by a common thread of yearning and fear, the lives of Amna and Firdaus, desperate for the recognition of their own suffering, intertwine one night, and amidst heated debate, come together in a brutal moment of blame, guilt, and recrimination.
Firdaus ki Dozakh is a subtle study of how Pakistan’s woefully ossified patriarchal setup continues to sacrifice women on the altar of familial honor.

Starring: Nimra Bucha, Khalid Ahmed, Sana Askari
Written by: Bee Gul
Directed by: Khalid Ahmad

Firdaus Ki Dozakh

When: Wednesday, 19th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM 

Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Mee Raqsam: Featuring Hamza Akram & Brothers

Sunday, 16th April 2017 | 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Join us at T2F for Mee Raqsam, featuring the youngest group of the legendary “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi.

The next generation of qavvaals, Hamza Akram and Brothers, belong to the 805 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi and are the grandsons of the inimitable Munshi Raziuddin. The group is led by Hamza Akram, who is currently being trained in eastern classical music by Ustaad Naseeruddin Saami, and in Qavvaali by Ustaad Fareed Ayaz.

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When: Sunday, 16th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Entry: Rs. 400 

LitLab: T2F’s Literary Open Mic

Friday, 14th April 2017 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Come to T2F’s literary open mic this Friday and share your poetry, prose, play, or any other piece of creative writing. You can read your own work, including work-in-progress, or a published piece by someone else that you really like.

Each person gets 9 minutes at the mic. Sign up as soon as you arrive at T2F. Everyone is welcome to come and listen.


When: Friday, 14th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM 

Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.

Acting Workshops with Khalid Ahmad

Sunday, 16th April 2017 – Sunday, 28th May 2017

“His plays are magnificent.” – The News

“Generations have learnt under him… a legend.” – DNA India

“A hardcore theatre-lover. A prominent dramatist and actor. A devoted acting coach. Khalid Ahmed is nothing short of dominance.” – Kulsoom Aftab, theatre practitioner

Can one possibly miss the rare opportunity to come under the tutelage of Khalid Ahmad, in a manner that is able to launch one potentially into a serious acting career?

With dozens of acclaimed productions under his belt, we are bringing one of the most respected names in theatre, Khalid Ahmad, to The Second Floor (T2F) for acting classes!

This extensive workshop will be a learning experience for both, beginners who have pursued acting as a hobby and have not been formally trained in the discipline, as well as those emerging actors who hope to hone their talent and pursue acting as a serious profession.

Classes will be held twice a week over a period of two months. The course will culminate in a theatre production at T2F, where participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their talent as actors, under the timely direction of Khalid Ahmad himself.


Dates: April 16th – May 28th 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: Sundays, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fee: Rs. 15,000

For registrations and queries, please write to us at info@peaceniche.org or call at 021-35389033

Aks International Minorities Festival

Thursday, 6th April 2017 – Sunday, 9th April 2017  | 5:00PM onwards

After touring Lahore and Islamabad, Aks International Minorities Festival comes to Karachi with events scheduled from the 6th – 10th April 2017.

The festival features film screenings, talks, performance art events, progressive dialogues, masterclasses with academics, artists and filmmakers from from Germany, USA, Denmark and Netherlands.

Here are the details for the events taking place at T2F:

Thursday, April 6th 2017 | 5:00PM onwards
FB Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/514159172306205/

Friday, April 7th 2017 | 5:00PM onwards
FB Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/1695173314114975/

Saturday, April 8th 2017 | 5:00PM onwards
FB Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/1858147624461983/

Sunday, April 9th 2017 | 5:00PM onwards
FB Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/266016267175031/

Sign up for events:
Please send an email with the title/s of the event/s, your full name, and phone number to karachi@aksfestival.com. If you are bringing friend/s, please give the name/s and phone number/s for each person.

Full Festival Program can be viewed here: http://www.aksfestival.com/…/Aks-2017-3-ilovepdf-compressed…


When: Thrsday, 6th April – Sunday, 9th April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:00PM onwards

Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Let’s make Science fun: A Three Hour Workshop with Science Fuse

Wednesday, 5th April 2017 | 4:30PM – 7:30PM

Join Science Fuse / spark your neurons for a fun-filled workshop to learn and experience Science in a fun way. The workshop aims to teach scientific concepts to 8 – 10 year olds through a series of engaging hands-on experiments and activities.

Most importantly, it aims to change children’s perception towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Science Fuse programs encourage children to think critically like scientists and to learn by building, experimenting, collaborating and communicating effectively.

During the Three-Hour Workshop:
– You’ll be putting your engineering skills into practice by building tall, strong towers out of spaghetti.
– You’ll be learning all about science enquiry as you turn bottles into lava oozing volcanoes.
– You’ll be exploring the world of chemistry as you investigate mysterious solids.
– You’ll be learning about matter, atoms, molecules, gases, chemical reactions, forces and structures.

This workshop is part of the ongoing collaboration with Science Ka Adda initiative series by PeaceNiche/The Second Floor (T2F).

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Workshop Fee: Rs. 1000
To register, kindly fill out the form at the link below and deposit the program fee (Rs. 1000) at t2f by 3rd April 2017.

Program fee is to be deposited between 12 – 10 pm at The Second Floor 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi. Kindly note that we have very limited spots and these will be confirmed on first come first served basis after you’ve deposited the fee.

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/FlPo4vq6j8zBBvUS2

For questions please get in touch with the
Science Fuse team at:
0321 128 8701, 0321 5801 4222

T2f (The Second Floor Team) at
+(92-21) 3538-9043, +(92-21) 3538-9033

Workshops for Children with Robotics Labs

Tuesday, 4th April 2017 – Tuesday, 25th April 2017  | 3:30PM – 5:30PM

Our upcoming collaboration for Science Ka Adda with Robotics Labs brings a new series of hands-on exciting workshops for children.

The workshops are divided into four different courses. Each course is specifically designed to introduce concepts of new digital technologies, engineering, science education and computer programming since early childhood.

Tuesday, 4th April | 3:30 – 5:30PM
Course 1: Robotics ( 2 parallel sessions for different age groups)
BOT MANIA | 9 – 14 years
This course is designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving. Lego Mindstorms EV3 technology is used and students build cool robots by installing sensors and motors, to program them on the new LABView based EV3 software. The course promotes hands-on learning, improves disposition towards hard tasks and perception of the learning process quality. It also increases motivation for STEM education and helps to develop professional and life skills.

MINI BOTS | 4.5 – 8 years
This course is designed after conducting research on 5,000 young kids. Children build colorful robotic structures around different themes by using Lego WeDo Kit. It is hands-on, creative, engaging and promotes presentation skills and good team-work.

Tuesday, 11th April | 3:30 – 5:30PM
Course 2: Mind Math | 6 – 14 years
Mind Math is an IQ based brain development program. It improves speed, accuracy, develops amazing reflexes and great listening skills. Children are taught abacus based quick mental calculations (addition, subtraction and so on) on fingers, abacus and imaginary abacus.

Tuesday, 18th April | 3:30 – 5:30PM
Course 3: Science Workshop | 6 – 14 years
An opportunity for kids to explore science concepts such as magnetism, sound, light, friction and the solar system in a meaningful way through safe hands-on experiments in a fun and interactive environment.

Tuesday, 25th April | 3:30 – 5:30PM
Course 4: Strategy in Chess | 6 – 14 years
Chess helps students improve their mental abilities, such as problem solving, critical thinking, pattern recognition, planning ahead, spatial awareness, focus and concentration. Chess also teaches students that there are consequences for their actions and that making good decisions based on planning and reasoning, has happier outcomes than being impulsive and making poor decisions.

Robotics Labs:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Robotics.labs/
Website: http://www.myrobotics.net/

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Early Bird Discount: Rs. 6000 (for all 4 courses)
*Note: Resources for all four courses will be provided by Robotics Labs.

To register, kindly fill out the form at the link below and deposit the course fee (Rs. 6000) at t2f by 3rd April 2017.

Program fee is to be deposited between 12 – 10 pm at The Second Floor 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/2zu1BjwXFzn4RuPs2

For questions, please email at:
Robotics Labs
Email: info@myrobotics.net
Contact: 0346-2424535 / 0346-2424506

The Second Floor (T2F)
Email: info@peaceniche.org
Contact: +(92-21) 3538-9033

Urdu Poetry: A Workshop with Zaheer Alam Kidvai

Saturday, 1st April 2017 – Saturday, 20th May 2017 | 2:30PM – 4:00PM

Why is poetry considered difficult?
We recite poems like ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ in our childhood, but when asked to read and write one or two verses in Urdu – our national language- or even in any one of our regional language, we hesitate because we have no idea about them.

In this course of 8 sessions, you will be taken through various types of Nazms (mind you, there are many!) and Ghazals, along with their formats where required.

Here’s something you would learn and hopefully teach your children!

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When: Every Saturday, from April 1st – May 20th
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Registration Fee: Rs. 4000

For registrations, please email at info@peaceniche.org or call at 021 35389033. The number of participants would be 10.