Monday, May 23, 2011

Hast-o-Neest Fasih Toor & Sheherezade Alam Watercolour & Ceramics Exhibition Sunday 29th May

Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art & Culture
Two Person Watercolour & Ceramics Exhibition

Sunday, 29th May 2011 - 12 th June 2011
Open 10 am to 8 pm
(Sundays 11 pm to 6 pm)

Water Colour Paintings
Dr. F.D.Toor  
Sheherezade Alam 

(*View Exhibition Online - Click Title to go to Exhibition Album)


The spirit of abundance is at work in Sheherezade Alam’s engagement in her craft. This spirit both suggests the aesthetic immediacy in the visual impact of her brilliant ceramics and furthermore connects the artist to the highly
dignified status of the potter in the aesthetic tradition of the Indian sub-continent.
In pre-Islamic and the Islamic eras, the Indian potter served as a cultural icon, as the one maker who could give physical shape to the unutterable symmetries of mysticism. As a post-modern master of that traditionally magical object –– the potter’s wheel –– Sheherezade Alam revives in order to extend the significance
of earth in the aesthetic of the east.


A self-taught artist and resident of Lahore, F.D. Toor paints with a fine eye for detail. Since taking up painting in 2005, he has produced a diverse body of work exploring the nuances of watercolor, often in combination with intricate drawing effects rendered in pencil and pen. In his first exhibition at Hast-o-Neest, Treasures of Masjid Wazir Khan, Toor presents jewel-like vignettes from the mosque’s celebrated glazed-tile mosaics. Renowned for their design and delicate execution using inlay techniques, the mosaics are among the finest examples of this craft in the world.
In addition to two solo exhibitions at the Alhamra Art Gallery, Toor has exhibited his work in Lahore and Karachi at Grandeur Gallery, the Hamail Art Gallery, the Unicorn Gallery and Ocean Art. He lives and works in Lahore.
Alyssa Pheobus                                                                                                                                                                           
Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art & Culture, 
10 Commercial Building, Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam (crossing of old Anarkali & the Mall), Lahore

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sunday 22nd May 2011 Lecture on Human Nature-Secular & Sacred Perspectives

Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art & Culture
invites you to its
22nd May 2011
Sunday Lecture
At 4 pm
At Hast-o-Neest

(Open to all interested)

Human Nature – Secular & Sacred Perspectives

  Dr. Naumana Amjad

Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Psychology at Punjab University, Dr. Naumana Amjad has a Ph.D. from Univeristy of Warwick, England.

Hast-o-Neest (10 Commercial Building, Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, crossing Anarkali & the Mall) or call 042-37-314-316 or 03008493170 or visit the URL: for further details.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Courses New Sessions: Miniature, Calligraphy, Classical Singing & Farsi

Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art & Culture

To Register/Enroll for Courses:
                Visit Hast-o-Neest and fill out registration form before the session is due to begin.
Generally there is no criteria other than interest for enrollment.
There is no upper age limit.

Course 3: Miniature Painting 12-Month Diploma
New Session begins Tuesday 24th May, 2011
The proposed diploma - with a strong focus on the Indian miniature tradition - is an intensive three part workshop course focusing on the theory and techniques of miniature painting, examined in both its historical and contemporary contexts. Since miniature painting has its roots in a traditional world view, it is essential for contemporary practitioners to understand this history and the original intentions of the traditional artist.
In the first semester students will learn the basic siah qalam brush and ink rendering technique, the backbone for the more advanced techniques. In the second semester students will move on to learning advanced miniature painting techniques of neemrang and gadrang, techniques that involve pigment preparation and application. In the final semester students will be encouraged to develop their own body of work in light of the learnt tradition and its application in the contemporary world.
Although the course is tailored to individual needs there will be compulsory group activities such as lectures, discussions and material demonstration. The class will be conducted in a traditional communal workshop environment.

Murad Khan Mumtaz
Farah Jabeen
Mizna Naqvi
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm   
Drawing skill is not a prerequisite.
 Fee Structure:
   Rs. 5000/- per month
   Rs. 3000/- per month for students

 (Flexibility in timings is available for interested students who may not be able to attend the class three times a week.

Also please note that the diploma is in three month modules which are separated and interlinked)

COURSE 2: Classical Arabic Calligraphy khattati  
New Session begins Monday, 30th May 2011
The Classical Arabic Calligraphy Diploma  has been designed to impart teaching and training of the art of calligraphy in the light of traditional method set by renowned calligraphists over centuries of Muslim history. The program encompasses teaching& training of style of calligraphy Nastalique (Lahori), Nastaliq (Lahori & Persian), Shekasta, Sulus, Naskh, Diwani, Diwani Jalli, Riqa, Kufic etc.

The complete diploma consists of four separate and inter related stages each of three month duration.
Primary Module:
·  Teaching & training of select style, detached letters, shapes with proportion.
·  Preparation of traditional pen, ink and paper
·  Principles of calligraphy introduced by Ibn-e-Muqla.
·  Brief history of calligraphy with special reference to the select style.
·  Studio practice at the end of which students will be required submit their practical work as Siah Mashq.

Irfan Ahmed Qureshi
Shaukat Ali Minhas Zareen Qalam

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Rs. 3000 per month

Calligraphy (Primary Module) on Sundays
Timing:12 pm to 2pm
Fee: Rs. 2000 per month

      COURSE 5: Classical Singing 
New Session starts Sunday, 29th May, 2011

Fifth generation vocalists of the famous and flamboyant Patiala Gharana school of classical singing Salman and Ali are the grandsons of the inimitable and legendary Ustad Amanat Ali Khan of the famed Amanat Ali-Fateh Ali duo of classical singing.

Salman Amjad Amanat Ali Khan
Ali Amjad Amanat Ali Khan

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Rs: 2,000/month 

COURSE 4: Classical & Spoken Farsi
New Session starts Saturday, 28th May 2011

Level-I (6 weeks)

The course would be taught in the manner and technique used in traditional Islamic pedagogy which aims at not only using tried and tested methods of training the mind and memory but also imbibing the spirit and blessings of the tradition. 

One of the course books - traditionally a standard text for beginning level Farsi - 'Karima Saadi' by famous 13th century mystic, poet and moralist Saadi Shirazi, illustrates how the foundations of traditional culture were laid in the formation of young minds from the very beginning of their education. The book focuses on the basic virtues and vices of human nature in beautiful easily memorised Persian poetry. 

6 Weeks
 28th May to 3rd July 2011

Fatima Fayyaz
 (Graduate of Oriental College, Punjab University & Khana-e-Farhang Iran, Lahore)
Hafiz Muhammad Adnan
(Graduate of Dars-e-Nizami from Madrasah Jamia Nizamia Rizvia, Lohari Gate, Lahore)

Saturday & Sundays
2:00 to 3:00 pm

Rs: 2,500/- 

Centre for Traditional Art & Culture
10 Commercial Building
(Former Croweaters Gallery),
Old Anarkali Crossing,The Mall, Lahore
Tel: 042-37-314-316, Cell: 0300-8493170

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sunday, 8th May 2011, Lecture at Hast-o-Neest on:Iqbal & Kant

Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art & Culture
invites you to its
8th May 2011
Sunday Lecture
At 4 pm
At Hast-o-Neest

(Open to all interested)

Iqbal & Kant
on the possibility 
of Metaphysics & Religion

Dr. Shahzad Qaiser

Vice President of the Iqbal Academy, Dr. Shahzad Qaiser has an MA in Philosophy from Punjab University and  a Phd from Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan.  His dissertation, The Metaphysics of Khawaja Ghulam Farid, won him the Allah Nawaz Tareen Gold Medal in 1994. 

Dr. Qaiser has to his credit five collections of Light Essays (Inshaiya) in Urdu.
An accomplished poet of the Punjabi language he has published five volumes of Kafis: Asmana Dey Bohe Khol, Main Nayein Sub Tun, Gal Wich Payum Prit Mohar, Talawat-i-Wajud, Ishq Faqr de Sang, and a collection of poems Dooji Akh.

Dr. Qaiser has also authored a number of books, including, Quest for the Eternal, Of Intellect and Reason, Metaphysics and Tradition, Dimensions of Khawaja Farid’s Metaphysics, The Metaphysics of Khawaja Ghulam Farid, Iqbal and Khawaja Ghulam Farid on Experiencing God, Beyond the Manifest and The Message of Khawaja Ghulam Farid (rendering Diwan-i-Farid into English prose).

Dr. Shahzad Qaiser 

Hast-o-Neest (10 Commercial Building, Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, crossing Anarkali & the Mall) or call 042-37-314-316 or visit the URL: for further details.