Sur Ka Safar: Jugalbandi

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on 12th May for the latest performance in our Sur Ka Safar series, featuring Jugalbandi.

This time Sur ka Safar is featuring two generations of musicians in what is known as the jugalbandi style of performance where a musical conversation takes place between two solo musicians. The first performance of the evening will be the jugalbandi of prodigious young sitar player, Shehroze Hussain, and the electrifying young classical vocalist, Shahzeb Ali. Yousuf Kerai Kerai will accompany this first set on the tabla. The second performance will feature two masters in their art, musicians of the highest calibre, Ustad Sajid Hussain on sitar and Ustad Abdullah Khan on shehnai. They will be accompanied by the great tabla maestro, Ustad Khursheed Hussain.

Date: Saturday, 12th May 2018

Time: 7:30–9:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Rs. 1000/- First come, first served at the door

Thinking Films: What’s Up, Doc?

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Join us on Tuesday, 8th May at T2F for our latest series of Thinking Films — “What’s Up, Doc?”

What’s Up, Doc? is a screwball comedy film created by Warner Brothers as a homage to the comedy films of the 1930s, including Brining Up Baby and Bugs Bunny. Featuring Barbara Streisand, Ryan O’Neal and Madeline Kahn, What’s Up Doc became the third highest grossing film of 1972 and won the Writers Guild of America award for “Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen’ in 1973.

The film centers on four identical plaid overnight bags and the people who own them. The four owners of the bags: Howard Bannister, Mrs. Van Hoskins, Mr. Smith, and Judy Maxwell, happen to check into the Hotel Bristol at the same time. Mrs. Van Hoskins bag is filled with expensive jewels, while Mr. Smith’s bag contains top secret government documents that a mysterious Mr. Jones is after. Two hotel employees attempt to steal the jewels belonging to Mrs. Van Hoskins, while Mr. Jones attempts to get the bag belonging to Mr. Smith. Over the course of the evening, the bags get switched haphazardly from room to room as the four parties unwittingly take one another’s suitcases. Without realizing it, Howard ends up with the jewels, Judy with the documents, Mr. Smith with the clothes, and the thieves with the rocks.

We will wrap up the film screening with a group discussion. Our event is free, but please support us by buying some delicious popcorn for which proceeds will go directly towards the continuation of T2F’s programmes for the community!

When: Tuesday, 8th May 2018
Where: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:40 PM
Entry: Free, but donations are requested so we can continue to bring you programs like this

First Fridays Open Mic Night: May Edition

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Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of May 2018 for an open mic night featuring Karachi’s emerging talent!

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, props or whatever else you may need to get perform. Look for our host who will put your name down on the list – spaces are limited, so first come, first served!

All performers get maximum 10 minutes stage time.

Date: Friday, 4th May 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Dance Mandala with Alizeh

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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.

When: Monday, 7th May 2018

Where: The Second Floor (T2F)

Time: 07:00PM – 08:00PM

Entry: Free! (donations appreciated)

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

Introduction to Feminism: What is it and Why does Pakistan need it?

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“Overrated”. “Misunderstood”. “Complicated”. “Man-hating”. These are just some of the descriptions that many come up with when asked to describe feminism in Pakistan. Many feminists even choose to disassociate themselves from the “F” word.

Why does this confusion exist? One guess is that there is a lack of awareness about the movement and where it originated. Another guess is that we are unsure of how feminism applies to us in our surroundings.

Join us at T2F for a panel discussion with esteemed experts Areesha Banglani, Shandana Minhas, Adnan Sarwar and Sohai Ali Abro, who debunk the controversy around the word ‘feminism’ and try to explain why a country like Pakistan is in dire need of understanding its responsibility towards women.

About the project:

Laraka Larki is a feminist public advocacy initiative that aims to empower women and other marginalized groups in Pakistan by helping them discover their rights as citizens, and by teaching them to fight back.

FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/Laraka-Larki-475163339568580/?hc_ref=ARR_Qa7QsuuNVKW_VvrFVYMoy3o71udwnjP9m3tMv69QCQI4umU0Ms6VVgl5ptEk3b8

Date: Sunday, 6th May 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.

تعارُف  – An Introduction between Two Worlds

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Zindagi Trust brings to T2F ‘ تعارُف  – An Introduction between Two Worlds’, an exhibition of works by government school students using art to engage with the worlds outside their neighbourhoods and their time.

This show will feature work by students of two government schools managed by Zindagi Trust – SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School and Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Girls School. The schools teach art as a weekly subject to all students and cover diverse techniques, mediums and also art history and have put up impressive shows of student art work in the past year.

The exhibition kicks off with a discussion on making art accessible to everyone through government schools, public art and open galleries featuring Rumana Husain (writer and art critic), Ambareen Raza Thompson (Executive Director, IamKarachi) and Anam Shakil Khan (Head of Arts, Zindagi Trust)moderated by Aziz Sohail (curator and writer).

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3 2018

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Making Art Accessible – A discussion featuring Rumana Husain, Ambareen Raza Thompson and Anam Shakil Khan moderated by Aziz Sohail, 5:30 PM

Live Blind Contour Sketches by students, 6:30 PM onwards

People’s Poetry as People’s History: The Role of Habib Jalib

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Join us as we pay tribute to the renowned revolutionary poet Habib Jalib on 29th April at Faraar Gallery, T2F.

The talk focuses on the long career and role of the Pakistani revolutionary resistance poet Habib Jalib (1928-1993) as people’s historian by virtue of the fact that Jalib’s revolutionary resistance poetry covers the entire postcolonial epoch in Pakistan from the 1950s right until the restoration of democracy in the country in the 1990s, post-Zia-ul-Haq. One can retell the entire  – hitherto marginalized –  people’s history of Pakistan merely by reading Jalib’s poems sequentially and understanding not only the context in which they were written but also the struggles that they represented. For example, the meaning of the struggle for Pakistan and the debates over character of the new state, whether religious or secular in the early 1950s; the democratic struggles against Pakistan’s first military dictatorship of Ayub Khan in the 1960s; the struggle of East Pakistanis, which would later culminate in the independence of Bangladesh in the 1960s; the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto years as well as the struggle for Baloch people’s rights, both in the 1970s; the dictatorship of the Zia years and the pro-democracy movement against his regime in the 1980s; and the return of democracy under Benazir Bhutto’s first government in the 1990s. Interestingly though Jalib’s poetry is unique in this respect, he and his poetry was, and continues to be denounced, dismissed or ignored as ‘agitational poetry’, thus not worthy of poetic merit by critics and elite poets from both the left and right. The talk will be based on original translations from the Urdu of some of Jalib’s eminent poems as well as largely unknown or ignored poems to retell the people’s history of Pakistan and focus on people’s poetry as people’s history; and as tribute for the oppressed and narratives of the marginalized on the occasion of Jalib’s 90th birth anniversary (2018), and for truth in dangerous and bad times.

About the speaker:

Raza Naeem is a Pakistani social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader currently engaged as Instructor in History at the Senior School in the Beaconhouse School Systems in Lahore. He has been trained in Political Economy from the University of Leeds in UK, and in Middle Eastern History and Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, US. He is presently working on translations of the selected work of Sibte Hasan, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Abdullah Hussein and contributes regularly to NewslineThe News on Sunday and The Friday Times. He has curated and moderated a first-ever edition of Banned Books Week in Pakistan in Lahore in September 2014, and subsequently since then, in collaboration with Olomopolo. He is the recipient of a prestigious 2013-2014 Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship in the UK for his translation and interpretive work on Saadat Hasan Manto’s essays. He is currently the President of the Progressive Writers Association in Lahore. His most recent work is an introduction to the reissued edition (HarperCollins India, 2016) of Abdullah Hussein’s classic novel The Weary Generations.

Date: Sunday, 29th  April 2018

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.

Science Ka Adda: Evolution by Saad Shafqat


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Charles Darwin who died in April 1882  was a naturalist and biologist known for his theory of evolution and the process of natural selection. Join us on Saturday, April 28 at 7pm to participate in the latest series of Science ka Adda: Evolution, a talk by Saad Shafqat where he explores the theories suggested by Darwin. Irrefutable scientific evidence establishes biological evolution through natural selection, first comprehensively articulated by Charles Darwin in 1859, as the best explanation for the diversity of life on Earth. This talk will present the ideas of evolution in a manner accessible to non-experts.

About the speaker

Saad Shafqat is professor of neurology at Aga Khan University. He holds a PhD in neurobiology from Duke and specialised as a neurologist from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. An academic author as well as a published creative writer, Saad has several scientific papers as well as his two books to his credit. His upcoming novel “Tightrope”, a hospital drama set in Karachi with echoes of #metoo, will be published by Bloomsbury later this year.

About Science Ka Adda:

Science Ka Adda is a platform for debate and discussion about science and how it impacts our lives. Conducted by specialists from various different backgrounds and disciplines, Science Ka Adda has addressed topics that range from ‘The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence’ to ‘Tools for Disease Eradication’.

Date: Saturday, 28th  April 2018

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.

Drum Circle!

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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 and Ibadullah Shaikh!

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, 27th April 2018

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

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

*Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.

Book Launch: ‘Music Chronicles’ by I AM KARACHI

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Join us on Wednesday, 25th April at 5pm at the Faraar Gallery, T2F for the launch of ‘ Music Chronicles’ – A Beginner’s guide to Pakistani Music, a reference book by I AM KARACHI for the young audience who has limited or no access to Pakistani musical culture and history. Written by eminent musicians and practitioners of the country; the book comprises of different chapters explaining the difference between eastern and western music, history of Pakistan’s music journey, and offers young readers a short but comprehensive insight into local music.

About the Book:

Pakistan has a rich and diverse culture of music, having produced world-renowned musicians and critically acclaimed work. Unfortunately, in recent times, due to the lack of funding for the arts and the dearth of music schools, the trend of teaching liberal arts in our colleges and universities – our musical heritage is dying out. IAK is working extensively in music and identified the need of a reference book for young students to enable them to understand music traditions and norms in Pakistan.

In this book, some of the best practitioners of music discuss the concept of gharanas, the different genres of music, the difference between a sur and a taal and similar. Easy to read and comprehend; the book caters to a young audience, intending to provide them a basic guideline of Pakistani music.

Date: Wednesday, 25th  April 2018

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)

Entry: Free; Your donations will help us bring you more programs like this.