T2F Fundraiser: Sur Sangam

Dear T2F Family,

It was 11 years ago that Sabeen Mahmud founded PeaceNiche – a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic discourse and conflict resolution through intellectual and cultural engagement, whose activities took place on the second floor of an old building at Ittehad, in Phase 7 DHA. The story of how the vision and passion of one women and her companions turned into an institution that inspired and continues to inspire thousands of young students, artists, musicians, activists, entrepreneurs… of Karachi, is one of heroism, tragedy and rekindled hope. Though Sabeen is no longer physically among us, her presence continues to grow through her legacy of T2F and the work that is far from over.

When I shifted to Karachi five months ago to take over as Director T2F, I was astonished to discover how many professional artists, journalists, musicians, intellectuals, entrepreneurs and business people of Karachi have been directly influenced by Sabeen Mahmud and T2F. Here credit is also due to all those dedicated people who managed to keep the work at T2F alive and relevant, even after Sabeen’s parting.

Our regular programs that happen on almost a daily basis at the T2F Faraar Gallery include: Art Exhibitions; Science ka Adda; Thinking Films; Urdu Hai Mera Naam; Qavvaali Series; Sur Ka Safar; First Fridays Open Mic; Dance Mandala; Dholi Taro Drum Circle; Maa Dharti Project; Philosophy Circle; Comedy Nights; Jambro Jamathon; Debating Circuit; Hafta-Itvaar Arts Bazaar; Book Launches; Poetry Readings & Spoken Word; Improv Theatre; Music and Dance Workshops and various other talks, projects and panel discussions relevant to civil society of Pakistan today.

The work of T2F is imperative for the intellectual growth of our society, as not just the first cultural café and art venue of its kind in Pakistan; but also as a safe platform for discourse, an incubator of constructive ideas, and a generator of culture. As all real initiatives, T2F is dependent on the community that it serves. We therefore call upon your continued support and invite you to join us at our fundraiser concert, “Sur Sangam” for an inspiring night of devotional music, with two of the top musical acts of their respective genres of mystical music – Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Raziuddin Qavvaal and the Shah Jo Raag Faqeers of Bhitshah.

Shah Jo Raag Faqeer are the preeminent musicians from the shrine of Hazrat Shah Latif in Bhitshah and specialists in the recitation of Bayt-Vaai. Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Raziuddin are the most prominent masters of the Qavvaal Bachon ka Gharana – the oldest branch of Qavvaali hailing from the first students of Hazrat Ameer Khusro.

Date: Sunday, 11th November 2018
Timings: 08:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Venue: Arts Council Karachi
Pass: Rs. 2000/-  (AVAILABLE AT T2F)
Facebook Event: https://web.facebook.com/events/688472978221419/

For more details email us at info@peaceniche.org or call us at +(92-21) 3538-9043

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Musically yours,
Arieb Azhar
Executive Director T2F

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