The New T2F Bookstore Launch!

Saturday, 11th March – Sunday, 12th March 2017

There’s a new bookstore in town!

From the dingy lanes of Boat Basin to the alleyways of Phase II, we’re bringing the aficionados of the art of book curation, Mr Old. Books, to facilitate us in putting up an expansive collection of brand new books at affordable rates.

Literary fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, biography, science fiction, graphic novel, history, drama, prose, plays, poetry, the love-joys of Urdu literature, vernacular literature (Punjabi, Sindhi, Persian), translations (from world literature into Urdu!), literary criticism, memoir, philosophy… we have something for everyone!

The program will include a panel talk with the book curators, the Siddique Brothers; an evening of the Book Bazaar; and alas, the much anticipated return of the Nakaam Aashiq Open Mic, brought to you by the notorious Nakaam Ishq Society!

On the second day of the launch, we will be reviving the Mushaerah culture in the city with Urdu’s boldest, newest voices in an evening of poetry curated by Neel Ahmed.

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Complete Schedule as follows:

T2F Bookstore Launch
Saturday, 11th March | 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Ongoing Evening Book Bazaar!
Saturday, 11th March (6:00 PM onwards)

The Nakaam Ishq Society is Nakaam No More!
Returning with the Nakaam Aashiq Open Mic.
Saturday, 11th March | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

‘Urdu ki Nayee Avazain’ | A Mushaerah of Emerging Urdu Poets
Sunday, 12th March | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

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

 

 

Workshop 1: All you want to know about the Moon!

Tuesday, 7th March 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

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 1:
Ever wondered why the moon looks like the way it does? Or what causes the change in its phases over the period of every month? You must have heard that sea waves are higher on the 14th of each lunar month. Ever pondered the reason behind it?

This workshop will aim to answer all of these questions and many more!

Although Moon is our closest neighbor in space, not much thought is given to its genesis, interesting features of its surface, robotic and manned exploration missions (Yes … Moon landing did happen and we’re going to talk about it!), phases of the Moon, and sighting of the crescent Moon for start of Islamic months.

Speaker: Abubaker Shekhani is a founding member of the Karachi Astronomers Society. He is a software developer by profession and amateur Astronomer and Astrophotographer. He started an astronomy club in his university, and then ultimately became part of the group that founded the KAS.

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When: Tuesday, 7th March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 300

Double Bill: Milan

Saturday, 4th March – Sunday 5th March  2017 | 7:00PM

Milan is a Double Bill featuring ‘Amicable Parting’ written by George Kaufman and Leueen Mac Grath and ‘The Great War’ written by Neil LaBute.

Synopsis:
Amicable Parting written by George Simon Kaufman and Leueen Mac Grath is about an attractive young couple who has quarreled and is planning to separate. They’re in the process of dividing all their possessions, and quarreling considerably more in doing so—everything at all desirable they both claim—all the junk each generously offers to the other.

The Great War written by Neil Labute is a One Act play which looks at a divorcing couple and the ground they need to cross to reach their own end of hostilities.

Directed by: Uzma Sabeen

Cast:
Paras Masroor
Kulsoom Aftab
Lighting by Uzma Sabeen
Sound by Fraz Chottani
Duration: One Hour
Language: Urdu

About:
Uzma Sabeen
After completing her Masters in English Literature, Uzma is currently working at NAPA. She has worked as a lighting designer and has directed plays for the academy and commercially as well. She has received Pakistan Media Award 2013 in Best Theatre Category. She has done certification in lighting design and pre-visualization from SILV, USA and earned a ‘Seal of Qualification’ from the same Institute.

Paras Masroor
Paras Masroor is a theatre artist and journalist. He is working zealously in the field of acting, hosting and journalism. He is popular for hosting the well-known Crime Show “Shabbir tu Dekhay Ga” and now for his character ‘Torah Kahn’ in ‘Sang e Mar Mar’ on HUM TV. He has also worked in Pakistani Films such as ‘Mah-e-Mir’ and ‘Namaloom Afrad’.

Kulsoom Aftab
Kulsoom Aftab is working as a Faculty member with NAPA. She debuted as a writer with SADAK, directed by Mehreen Jabbar. She also wrote UK High Commisson’s Film & Award Winning documentary ‘Our Jacob’. Kulsoom Aftab did a theatrical adaptation of ‘Six Characters in search of an Author’, ‘Koel’, and translated an acting book ‘An Actor’s Prepare’. She also directed two theatre plays ‘Koel’ in 2012 and ‘Bijli, Pyar aur Abba Jaan’ in 2016. She has recently acted in ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ as the leading lady.

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When: Saturday, 4th March – Sunday 5th March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Rs. 400

Film Screening: ‘Yours’ – A New Life in the Mountains

Sunday, 26th February 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:00PM

In a unique turn of events, a London based banker has made the Pakistani Highlands his new abode. Here, he has rediscovered a new set of goals, priorities and perspectives in life. He shares these experiences with his Pakistani friend and colleague, back in London, who is indulged in his own immediate set of worries of making a living.

‘Yours’ is a film essay, inspired by the works of Chris Marker in films like ‘Sans Soleil.’ It is a composition of thoughts, sounds and scenes filmed in Kalash, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit and Nanga Parbat.

The film offers a contemplation on aspects of life in the highlands that are alien to life in the city and highlights how these aspects provide an opportunity to develop character traits that are key to our personal development as human beings.

Written and filmed by: Danial Riaz
Script review and narration by: Chris Thomas

About the film makers:
Danial is a keen traveler and an independent filmmaker, with a particular focus towards developing educational content in Pakistani media. After his initial education in Philosophy at the LSE, where he served as the president of the university’s media channel, Danial has collaborated on projects with Channel 4, VICE NEWS, Islam Channel and SOC Films. In 2015 he produced ‘Double Hai: Story of the London Bus’ and initiated two platforms ‘Ujala’ and ‘The Curious Karachiites’ to encourage the production and promotion of educational content in Pakitan.

Chris has an art for telling stories and playing Samba music on his Spanish guitar. Though originally from Brazil, Chris has embraced Pakistan as his new home since the last seven years. He currently works for Family Education Service Foundation (FESF) with the aim to enhance the quality of life of all members of the society, especially the disadvantaged.

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When: Sunday, 26th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Rs. 100

You And I

Wednesday, 1st March 2017 – Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Anum Lasharie and Noormah Jamal

You And I
Faraar Gallery
March 1 – March 15, 2017
Opening reception: Wed, March 1 5-8 pm

Faraar Gallery is pleased to present You And I, an exhibition of paintings by Anum Lasharie and Noormah Jamal. The show explores the painting tradition of portraiture to address ideas of representation, identity, and belonging. In a time when we are constantly surrounded by pictures of people, Lasharie and Jamal offer us a slow and considered exploration of the internal and external landscape of a person.

Anum Lasharie’s paintings address the anxiety of a social being by investigating the relationship between physical and mental comfort. She is keenly aware of how the environment around us can affect our peace of mind. External forces which are not in our control can change our behavior and self-image. In Lasharie’s paintings, these forces act on the figure to create moments of varying discomfort or unease. There are often clear demarcations between the figure and her world, suggesting a rift. The figure is revealed or hidden, perhaps embroiled in an internal struggle of visibility.

Noormah Jamal’s figures want to be seen, though they might not be sure of how exactly. Even if they sometimes occupy the space of the canvas a little awkwardly, they still confront the viewer’s gaze quite directly. Caught between their quiet defiance and a simultaneous self-consciousness, her portraits are whimsical yet haunting. We can choose to flip through them casually, or allow ourselves to read into them to imagine the secret lives of the people depicted. We can choose to liken them to a series of photographs taken from different angles, a little like someone trying to take the perfect selfie.

About:
Anum Lasharie lives and works in Lahore. She received her BFA with Honors from National College of Arts in 2013. She had her solo exhibition in Rohtas 2 Gallery in 2016. Other shows include Alhamra Art Gallery, Taseer Art Gallery, Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery and The Paint Bucket Gallery. She has been working as a curator for The Paint Bucket Gallery for almost three years and has curated several exhibitions with the gallery.

Noormah Jamal is from FATA and currently lives in Lahore, where she teaches art at Lahore Grammar School. She received her BFA with Honors in Miniature painting from National College of Arts in 2016. She has recently exhibited at The Paintbucket Gallery, Ejaz Gallery, and also in Dubai. Her work has been covered by Artnow, Herald, Dawn, Sunday Magazine, and others.

Please contact the gallery at faraar@peaceniche.org or 021-35389033 for more information.

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When: Wednesday, 1st March 2017 – Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Where: Faraar Gallery | The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Drum Circle!

Friday, 24th February 2017 | 6:30PM onwards

“Whenever people gather to play the drum, the world becomes a better place.” — Olatunji

Drum Circle!
Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted? 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?

Join us for an evening with Drum Circle!

About the Facilitator:
Ibadullah Sheikh works as a facilitator for Taskeen – a mental health initiative that conducts emotional wellness sessions. Through tragedy, he discovered the therapeutic power of drumming. His experience, interest, and passion has led him to practice as a public drum circle facilitator. In his effort to nurture his inner child, he has chosen to join Imkaan, to help nurture the children of Machaira Colony. His lived experience lends him to mix work and play at Khel.

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When: Friday, 24th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:30PM onwards
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

Qavvaali featuring Subhan Ahmed Nizami

Sunday, 19th February 2017 | 7:30PM onwards

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance by Subhan Ahmed Nizami.

Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi. Some years after his family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Niazi qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.

As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan concerts were highly sought after performances that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.

After his father’s passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan and his brothers have given several extremely well received concerts in France. The qavvaal troupe has taught the art of qavvaali to the French students of ethnomusicologist, Martina Catella and will be performing to sold-out audiences at a festival organized by Radio France in 2014.

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When: Sunday, 19th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:30PM onwards
Entry: Rs. 400

Qasmi Kahani: A Talk by Raza Naeem

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 | 6:00PM

Join us for a talk on Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi to pay a centenary tribute to him on the occasion of his 100th birthday and tenth death anniversary.

The event will feature a presentation of bilingual dramatic readings from his short stories, translated in English and in original Urdu text, on themes ranging from feudal oppression, sexual exploitation of women, the travails of partition and world war to the inspiration behind the iconic Punjabi film classic ‘Maula Jatt’ and charming tales of children.

Raza Naeem is currently contracted by an Indian publisher to produce two volumes of translation from Qasmi into English, slated to come out in 2017 and 2018.

About:
Raza Naeem is a 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 Newsline, The 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, a second edition in September last year (2015) and a third edition in 2016 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.

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When: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM
Entry: Rs. 200 

Celebrating Abdullah Hussein: Revisiting ‘The Weary Generations’

Tuesday, 21st February 2017 | 6:00PM – 7:30PM

‘Those, however, were the marginally happier days…’

It is rare for a translated work to survive the legacy and celebration of the original work. Yet in the case of the twentieth century Indian subcontinent, such is the case with a celebrated novel, namely Abdullah Hussein’s Udas Naslein, published in 1963. The novel, perhaps for reasons of enhancing the international reputation of the author, was self-translated into English, in 1999. This English version, translated by the writer himself, thirty-three years later can and should be treated as an independent work of fiction in English; and if indeed this treatment is successful then The Weary Generations arguably becomes the most significant Pakistani work in English in the immediate post-partition period since the publication of Zulfikar Ghose’s The Murder of Aziz Khan in 1967. The novel maybe read on three levels: as an account of events revolving around the partition of India in 1947; as a description of the politics and sociology of undivided Punjab, with its attendant system of feudalism and patriarchy; and a love story which begins, thrives and eventually falls with the fate of British colonialism in India itself.

The talk will not only revisit Hussein’s iconic translation, which has unjustifiably received far less critical attention than its Urdu variant, but throw light on the backstory that went into its writing, as well as the poetics and politics of Subcontinental history, the Punjabi milieu and the plight of the women protagonists rampant throughout the The Weary Generations. The talk will also be interspersed with readings from the work itself.

About the Speaker:
Raza Naeem is a 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 Newsline, The 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, a second edition in September last year (2015) and a third edition in 2016 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.

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When: Tuesday, 21st February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Entry: Rs. 150 (All proceeds from the event will be used to fund T2F’s literary projects)

The Craft of Capturing and Manipulating Light

Saturday, 18th February 2017 | 5:30PM – 8:30PM

The talk will focus on the craft and technologies behind camera acquisition, greenscreen, high dynamic range photography/video and post-production techniques used in film visual effects and contemporary photography practice.

Rehan will be demonstrating the planning and production process that goes into his work through selected indepth case studies.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A discussion session around the skills and aptitude required to become a good visual effects artist.

About the presenter:
Rehan Zia is a lecturer at the prestigious National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), Bournemouth University, UK where he teaches visual effects. His students have gone on to work on the visual effects for blockbuster films such as Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Inception, Intersteller, Batman and Harry Potter film series as well as in the computer games industry.

Rehan is also doing a PhD based on his photography practice.

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When: Saturday, 18th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 400