Thursday, December 30, 2010


“Beyond Crisis: Re-Evaluating Pakistan” 

 Edited by Naveeda KhanJohns Hopkins University (USA)

The volume brings together contributions from scholars who engage critically with the categories of analysis typically used for thinking about Pakistan.

The ambition of this volume is not only to complicate standing representations of Pakistan, it is to take Pakistan out of the status of exceptionalism that its multiple crises have endowed upon it.  

This book inaugurates a new moment in Pakistan studies by asking how we are to understand the lives of ordinary people as they work to make their country inhabitale, even in the midst of anxious discourses about a crisis of nationalism and a failed state that is commonly found in academic writings and media reportage.


Venue: Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art and Culture (10, Commercial Building, at the corner of Anarkali and The Mall; former Croweaters Gallery near Tollington) Date:  Sunday 2nd January, 2011    Timing:  3:00 – 5:00 p.m                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Khawar Khan Mumtaz: "Rethinking Crisis and Pakistan"
Naveeda Khan: “Pakistan: A State of Exception?”
Humeira Iqtidar: “Religious Nationalism, Islam and Islamism- Questioning the Lineage”

Q&A Session

Tea and Snacks 

For directions & details call:                                                                                                                                042-37-314-316, 03008493170, 03324359211

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ten Day Workshop on Miniature Painting

Last Date for Registration: 7th January, 2011

Course Leaders:
Murad Khan Mumtaz (NCA, BNU, Columbia University-USA)
Ustad Irfan Qureshi (NCA, P.U.)

To offer an introduction to the history and practice of miniature painting in the Sub-continent.

Key Features: 
  • Focus on siah qalam, the most basic technique in miniature.
  • Using siah qalam, students will explore border design and floral patterns, elements essential to understanding the iconographic and formal language of the tradition.
  • By the end of the workshop each student will have had the opportunity to develop a complete border design and have copied a sample from a traditional masterwork.
  • A workshop on paper preparation
  • Historical lectures  
  • A guided trip to the Lahore Museum to view masterworks from the collection.

Monday, the 10th of January  -  Friday, the 23rd of January, 2011
Monday through Friday (No classes on Saturday and Sunday)

4:00 to 7:00 pm

Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art & Culture, 10 Commercial Building, Mall Road, Lahore

Course fee: Rs.3000/-

For Registration:

Visit Hast-o-Neest or Contact: 042-37-314-316, 03324359211                              

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The First Day at the Islamic Architecture Course

The Mevlana School of Art at Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art & Culture initiated Module-1 of a three Module course titled "Introduction to Islamic Architecture "  on 27th November 2010.  

The course is held on weekends and is taught by Architect Taimoor Khan Mumtaz and Ustad Jafar Hussein.