Events in Karachi: 11th-17th March

There’s a diverse line-up of events in Karachi this week from theatre to documentary film screenings. The NAPA Repertory Theatre is putting on a production of ‘Khoya Hua Aadmi’ by Kamal Ahmed Rizvi. A family drama, the play follows the challenges faced by a young couple as they struggle to make ends meet. If you’d rather indulge in something more light-hearted, The Improv Jam is back with their second performance. The troupe of young comedians will be performing live games and skits, and hilarity is sure to ensue.

Documentary films are a good way to educate oneself about current events and issues. This week, Karachites will have the chance of attending two documentary screenings. Habib University will be screening eleven documentary films that have been selected from this year’s Film South Asia festival. T2F will also be hosting a screening of Perween Rehman: The Rebel Optimist. The film is a tribute to architect Perween Rehman who worked tirelessly towards the development of low-income areas in Karachi and was tragically murdered in 2013.

Weekends in Karachi seem incomplete without a concert to look forward to and this week there’re two! Sara Haider is performing live at SZABIST, along with Asrar. The young star has been making waves with her signature voice and is bound to compliment Asrar’s groovy beats. On the more traditional side, Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi, progenies of the late Moin Niazi, will be featured in a live qawaali performance at T2F this weekend.

Khoya Hua Aadmi

Khoya Hua Aadmi

The NAPA Repertory Theatre presents ‘Khoya Hua Aadmi’, a play by Kamal Ahmed Rizvi. The story of Danish and Bano, a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Clifton Heights apartments. Danish loses his job, the apartment is robbed. Bano gets a job, Danish loses his mind, Bano loses her job….. to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbours, helpful relatives and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted) and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle.

Written by: Kamal Ahmed Rizvi
Directed by: Khalid Ahmad
Fawad Khan
Aimen Tariq
Ovais Mangalwala
Asiya Alam
Shumaila Taj
Zarqa Naz

Tickets are available at NAPA and can be booked using the given contact information.

Tickets: Rs. 1000/-

Students- Rs. 500/-

Where: In-House Theatre, NAPA, M.R. Kiyani Road

When: Till 13th March

Timing: 8:00 p.m.

Contact: 021-35693701/4


Travelling Film South Asia 2016

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Film South Asia (at Habib University) has selected eleven exceptional nonfiction productions of the last two years to create the Travelling Film South Asia 2016 package. The films have been selected from the 42 documentary and non-fiction films screened in the competitive section of Film South Asia 2015, held in Kathmandu.
The TFSA tradition started with the first Film South Asia festival held in Kathmandu in September 1997. Since then, following each biennial ‘mother festival’, a selection of films is packaged and toured with regionally and globally.
TFSA 2016 encapsulates a flavour of the Subcontinent with films from Nepal, Burma, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The package includes the award winners at FSA 2015 as well as other films selected to showcase the variety, treatment and intensity that marks the world of South Asian documentary and non-fiction.
This event is open to the public but you must register on the provided link before you attend and/or registrations close. Bring your original NIC for security purposes!
Register at:
Where: Habib University, Plot #295, Block 18, Gulistan-e-Jauhar
When: 11th-12th March
Timing: 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

The Improv Jam II

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Guys, we’re back with our second “Improv Jam!” Bring friends, phuppos and pets.

The event is produced and curated by Faiza Saleem and Faris Khalid. All the performers will come together for the first time to put a show for you AND you get to choose players for each game!

Show Host:
Faris Khalid

Akbar Shehzad
Arad Junejo
Ayesha Tariq
Faiza Saleem
Muneeb ur Rehman
Pushteban Arbab

Tickets will be available at the entrance. Yes, we distribute biscuits instead of paper/other unedible material.

Tickets: Rs. 300/-

Where: Thotspot, 1C, Street 7A, Badar Commercial Area, Phase V extension, D.H.A

When: 11th March

Timings: 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


Sara Haider & Asrar at SZABIST

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The SZABIST Student Council presents alumni Sara Haider in performance with Asrar. Stressed out about upcoming midterms? Or just looking to blow off steam? Come join us in experiencing the groovy melodies of Asrar with Sara Haider’s sensational voice, live at the SZABIST courtyard.

We’re celebrating music, and we’d like you to celebrate with us!

The concert is open to students of SZABIST, alumni, as well as outsiders. Tickets can be booked by SZABIST students at the stall on campus. Outsiders need a student reference in order to book tickets. For more information, please contact the provided numbers.

Tickets: Graduating batch- Rs. 400/-

Students- Rs. 500/-

Outsiders & Alumni- Rs. 700/-

Where: Courtyard, SZABIST, 100 Clifton

When: 12th March

Timing: 9:00 p.m.

Contact: 0336-2458036, 0332-2216300


Perween Rehman: The Rebel Optimist

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Join us at T2F for a documentary screenin, which narrates an intimate portrait of Pakistani architect and urban planner Perween Rahman and her remarkable work for Karachi’s poor.

Perween Rahman was a Pakistani social activist, director of the Orangi Pilot Project Research and Training Institute. She was murdered on 13 March 2013.

“No one is safe in this city. Those who think otherwise are living in a fool’s paradise”, says Perween’s bestfriend and colleague Anwar Rashid as he navigates the chaotic roads of Karachi.

An architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman dedicated her life for the poor of Pakistan. She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013. When she joined the Karachi based Orangi Pilot Project, founded by Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan, Orangi’s lanes were full of filth and choking gutters.

Back in the early 80s, the people of Orangi, most of them migrants from India and Bangladesh, were taking their own steps to improve sanitation. Dr. Khan assigned Perween the task of developing a low cost sanitation model for Orangi.

Perween’s pioneering work in Orangi led her on a collision course with the various mafias in the city. She surveyed the water supply to Karachi and pinpointed locations from where water is being stolen from the bulk supply lines.

She mapped and documented Karachi’s informal settlements to provide the poor security against land grabbers. Perween had an alternate vision for the development of Karachi.

“Development doesn’t come from concrete. Development is not five star hotels and mega road projects. What we need is human development.”

Produced by: Aquila Ismail & Mahera Omar
Directed by: Mahera Omar
Edited by: Talha Ahmed

The screening of the documentary will be followed by a short Q/A session with the Film Crew.

Where: T2F, 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, D.H.A

When: 13th March

Timings: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


Qawaali Featuring Taj and Shaad Mohammad Niazi

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Join us at T2F for a traditional qawaali mehfil featuring Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi.

Hailing from the Atrauli Gharana, Taj and Shaad Mohammed Niazi are amongst the finest contemporary practitioners of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s kalaam. The progeny of the late, critically acclaimed Moin Niazi, recipient of a Pride of Performance award, the troupe has performed widely across the subcontinent, from Pakpattan to Dhaka.

Tickets: Rs. 350/-

Where: T2F, 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, D.H.A

When: 13th March

Timings: 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.


Dastaan-Goi: Tilism-e-Hosh Ruba

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Habib University’s Arzu Centre presents Dastaan-Goi: Tilism-e-Hosh Ruba. The ancient art of story-telling comes alive in a performance. The Dastaan-Goi was a narrative and recounted tales of war, magic, life in the court, trickery, and adventure. Tales from many diverse sources and various traditions were woven together in the dastaan. The richest tales are a part of the cycle Dastaa- e-Ameer Hamza and the story within a story of the Tilism-e Hosh Ruba is magic which will blow your mind away. In a geographical terrain which is richly imagined, where sorcerers and warlords live and beautiful princesses abound.

Dastaan-e-Ameer Hamza is the longest narrative of its kind and was immensely popular in its day. Fawad Khan, Nazr-ul-Hasan and Meesam Naqvi, trained at the National Academy of Performing Arts, are part of the new revival of the Dastaan-Goi and have held performances all over the country.

This event is open to the public but you must register using the provided link before you attend and/or registrations close. Bring your original NIC for security purposes!

Register at:

Where: Habib University, Plot #295, Block 18 Gulistan-e-Jauhar

When: 16th March

Timing: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


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