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:

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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:

For questions, please email at:
Robotics Labs
Contact: 0346-2424535 / 0346-2424506

The Second Floor (T2F)
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 or call at 021 35389033. The number of participants would be 10.

Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!

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

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.


When: Monday, 3rd April 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)


Maskari with Osama: A Stand-up Comedy Show

Friday, 31st March 2017 | 8:00PM

Mark your calendars for March 31st, for the hippest hour of stand up comedy in town!

Join us at T2F with none other than you very own, english medium, urdu sleepin, Syed Osama Sami, in a brand new show, which means, which means NEWER-FRESHER-FUNNIER content. Bring your friends and family members along too! The tummy-splitting line-up includes:

• Opening acts by 2 lolWaalay: Sannan Wastani and Zubair Tariq
• Another lolWaala as the Master of Ceremonies: Syed Muhammad Kumail


When: Friday, 31st March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM 

Entry: Rs. 500 

Faraar Crit Group

Wednesday, 29th March 2017 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Faraar Crit Group is meeting for it’s second critique session on March 29!

We are an exciting new group of artists, curators, and art writers who will meet monthly at Faraar Gallery to develop our practices further through dialogue and discussion. Participating artists should be willing to hear critical feedback on their own work, as well as offer constructive criticism to others.

Are you losing your mind in the studio for lack of critical conversation?
Do you want to share works in progress with other artists, and offer and receive feedback?
Do you geek out on talking about materials, process, ideas, art history and art theory?

Apply Now! Limited spots available
Email images of your work and a short paragraph stating why you want to be a part of the group to

Deadline for Applications: Sun Mar 26
Accepted artists will be notified: Mon Mar 27

Second critique session will be held on Wed Mar 29, 6.30 – 8 pm
Facilitated by Fiza Khatri and Sophia Balagam
Participating artists will be required to arrive 30 min early to set up their work. Not all participants are required to show artwork in every session.

Follow Faraar – A Playground for Creative Expression for updates on our programming in the arts!


When: Wednesday, 29th March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Entry: Free! (Donations are appreciated)

Workhop 4: Women of Astronomy

Tuesday, 28th March 2017 | 7:00PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a new series of astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a short presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 4: Women of Astronomy
There’s no walk of life in which women haven’t played an active role for the betterment of society. But why is there a little to no mention of women scientists in textbooks and documentaries? Has any woman contributed to science or astronomy in any manner, ever? And if yes, then who, and what was their contribution.

This workshop aims to discuss the contribution of women scientists who played an instrumental role in redefining several of our notions about the universe. We will discuss some key women scientists, their work, the difficulties they faced in a male-dominated enterprise, and how they defied all odds and stereotypes to undertake rigorous scientific research.

Bilal Karim Mughal
is a journalist by profession. He is the co-founder of Hyderabad Astronomical Society, Pakistan and is currently associated with the Karachi Astronomers Society.

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When: Tuesday, 28th March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Entry: Rs. 300 (per workshop)
*There is no pre-registration for these workshops. Fee is per workshop on first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited.

Monument Valley, Seasons 2 & 3, In Memoriam of Sabeen Mahmud

Saturday, 25th March 2017 – Saturday, 1st April 2017

Faraar Gallery is pleased to present Monument Valley, Seasons 2 & 3, in Memoriam of Sabeen Mahmud, an exhibition of new digital collages by JFrançois Chénin. This is his second solo show with Faraar Gallery, which he has dedicated to the memory of Sabeen Mahmud.

“Monument Valley is a childhood remembrance, a journey, a particular relationship with pop art and collages, a literally literary attempt.

I never liked painting; at best some drawings with China ink a long time ago, an attraction for architect’s designs, the use of rOtring pen and ruler, the highlighting and white spaces, very little of blue in that period, above all red, grey, black, a good pair of scissors and glue, some collages with the help of cartoons, newspapers and the utilization of trichloroethylene in quest of superposition and transparence, above all faces on handwritten pages. As good as to confess that nothing destined me to picture-drawing.

This childhood was a patchwork, a sequence of instant sensations, reconstituted afterwards.

I am only preoccupied with the balance and the composition.

I move forward without theory only on the basis of infatuations and because I have an urge to see the paintings hanging on wall, in the books, on the canvas, I never tire of taking in images (no doubt they are only images!). Is it the painting or rather the composition and the emotional dizziness, which it conceals that I feel which I swallow?

In the Monument Valley I compose.

Each component of the composition links me to a vision and to the particular instant of this vision. I compose the paintings like I write the sequels of my books: by diverting them, by turning them upside down and recomposing them until finding the correspondence between the thought and the “painting”.

In which it is question of journey.

This journey is precisely Monument Valley in which I bring the pictorial space nearer to the pop art of big American spaces, in which the graphical intentions of the American paintings of 50’s and 70’s incorporate this natural space, which hesitates between the earth and the sky. From it also flows this attachment to the perspectives, whether open or intimate, always majestic, that a textual or pictorial composition allows me to draw.

I do not differentiate between a sequel and a painting.

Reality and fiction get entwined, reality of the sentiments and fictional space which allows their exploration. The scores follow each other and reconstitute the emotions. “As far as the fascination is concerned, the ear has the music. The eye has the painting. The death has the past. Love has the naked body of the other. The literature has the individual language reduced to silence” wrote Pascal Quignard. The basic thing is to recommence. The compositions of Monument Valley bear the imprints of this ranting silence. One will never finish with writing.

This ambition of recommencing, putting together the pieces, reconstituting the past and the future, joining what remained separated; every thing is present in it. I follow this path whenever I write or compose so as not to resume a seemingly interrupted conversation on meeting again.”

JFrancois Chenin
Karachi, 16 February 2017

JFrançois Chénin is the Director of Alliance Française de Karachi. Born in 1954, in Lorraine, he spent his childhood abroad (Iran, Turkey, Greece …), thanks to a father fond of traveling. He underwent his secondary education in Avignon and then studied philosophy at Grenoble and Economy of Education at Dijon. He currently lives in Karachi, Pakistan.

He spent time in two ministerial cabinets. He touched politics but he perceives his world rather through his heart. He abandoned politics. He made an escapade in the United States, stayed in Albuquerque (where it all began), then in Canada, Quebec (where everything began once again). He also served as mayor of a village of 500 inhabitants, Veyssilieu, a commune in the Isère department in southeastern France. He participated in the creation of the national network of equal opportunities for girls and boys in the French school system. He created the Research and Development department at the ONISEP and later led a company of pastry products.

He has lived abroad for 20 years at the service of French language and culture as Director of French Cultural Centre or Deputy Cultural Counsellor or General Delegate of Alliance Française (Israel, India, United States and Pakistan today). Since childhood, he has a taste for elsewhere.

He has three children and he loves to linger on the terrace of cafes. He likes gray, black and white, blue sky and silent deserts. He is also a writer.

Please contact the gallery at or 021-35389033 for more information.


Opening reception: Saturday, March 25 | 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 25 – April 1
Regular Gallery Hours: 12 noon – 10PM
Where: Faraar Gallery @ The Second Floor (T2F)

Weekday Qavvaali Mehfil with Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 | 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance featuring Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal, scions of Ustad Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi.

Protégés of Ustad Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi, Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal were trained by their father, Ustad Abdullah Niazi Qavvaal and their cousin, Subhan Ahmed Nizami Qavvaal. Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed’s grandfather was the recipient of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz National Award by the Government of Pakistan in 2005. Born into an approximately eight centuries old tradition known as the “Qawwal Bache Delhi Gharana”, Waqas and Saad have inherited their family’s great sense of commitment to the art of Qavvali.

They have performed in international tours around the world with their father, including UAE, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia.


When: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Entry: Rs. 250 

Workshop 3: Exploring the backyard: Our Solar System

Tuesday, 21st March 2017 | 7:00PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a new series of astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a short presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 3: Exploring the backyard: Our Solar System
Keeping track of the sky was vital for ascertaining the seasons before the invention of calendars and clocks. Different civilizations over the course of history have kept track of movements of celestial bodies and recorded several supernovae and comets, signifying their obsession with the heavens above.

In this workshop, an introduction will be provided into the science of astronomy. Participants will be given an overview of the sky, how to navigate with the help of stars in absence of a compass and other instruments, what’s out there to see in the sky, why the sky is divided into different constellations, finding your approximate location on earth and time by looking at the sky, and wonderful insights about the stars.

Speaker: Imran Rasheed is an IT manager at Karachi American School. He is the founding member of the Karachi Astronomers Society and is its incumbent President.

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When: Tuesday, 21st March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Entry: Rs. 300 (per workshop)
*There is no pre-registration for these workshops. Fee is per workshop on first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited.

Travelling Film South Asia 2017

Friday, 17th March – Sunday, 19th March 2017

Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival that was set up in 1997 with the goal of popularising the documentary so that it entertains, informs and changes lives. After each FSA festival, about a dozen films are selected to travel across the Subcontinent and the world as the Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA) package. This mobile campaign to promote and popularise Southasian documentaries stops at more than 50 international venues, and this year, will be hosted by T2F.

The TFSA are excited to announce the list of selected films for this year’s Film Southasia. Since the conception of Film Southasia, they have held a high standard for the film that they select, not only limited to technical skill but also through the stories that filmmakers have tried to portray. The selection this year showcases the diversity of stories across all Southasian countries and the TSFA hopes to keep this trend alive through the film screenings at the festival this year.

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Date: Friday, 17th March – Sunday, 19th March 2017
Entry: Rs. 250/day (All proceeds will be used to support T2F’s stream of programs)