Arzu Center

    Dastaan-Goi: Tilism-e-Hosh Ruba

    Fawad Khan, Nazr-ul-Hasan and Meesam Naqvi are part of the new revival of the dastaan-goi.

    18/02/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Launch of Arzu Center

    The Arzu Centre for Regional Languages and Humanities will be inaugurated with a seminar on the teaching of languages and literature in the current context.

    25/02/2015 - 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

    Banning an ‘Unethical’ Text: The Politics of Indo-Muslim Respectability in Colonial India.

    Sarah Waheed, Ph.D., Tufts University, is an Assistant Professor of History and the Chair of South Asian Studies at Davidson College, North Carolina. Her current research and writing focuses upon cultural politics in India and Pakistan where she examines the links between religion, secularism, and decolonization by way of the lives and writings of South Asian intellectuals whose primary language was Urdu.

    08/04/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    The New Harvest of Anger (Ghussay Ki Nayi Fasl): Kahani aur Guftugu Asad Muhammad Khan kay Saath.

    ASAD MUHAMMAD KHAN is one of the leading writers of Pakistan today. He is well-known for his fiction. He gained fame for his lyric poetry in the form of “geet” many of which were set to music for television and later on for his ground-breaking short stories. He has several successful teleplays to his credit and is regarded as one of the leading TV writers of the country. Several collections of his short-stories have been published in Urdu.

    15/04/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Haveli: Daastangoi

    Known as a stylist and humorist, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi is the leading writer of the day. People say that we are living in the Age of Yusufi and his lines are quoted like poetry of the masters. In addition to being a humorist, Yusufi is a superb story teller. Aab-e-Gum is a re-telling of events related to people whose past is more important for them than the present circumstances and they cannot seem to grow out of it. Extracts from Aab-e-Gum will be retold as a modern day dastaan by the talented team which excels in Dastaan-goi.

    22/04/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    A Talk by Sorraya Khan Moderated by Kamran Asdar Ali and Asif Farrukhi

    Sorayya Khan is the author of three novels, NOOR (2003), FIVE QUEEN’S ROAD(2009) and CITY OF SPIES (2015). She was awarded a US Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Pakistan and Bangladesh for one of her novels, and received a Malahat Review Novella Prize for what became a window into CITY OF SPIES. In 2006, she received a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant, which took her to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where she interviewed tsunami survivors.

    29/04/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Arzu Center Presents: Zambeel Dramatic Readings’ Lady Changez Khan and Pom Pom Darling

    Join us on June 1, 2015 to hear Zambeel Dramatic Reading present stories of Ismat Chughtai and Qurratulain Hyder. Both these stories are part of Habib University’s curriculum.

    01/06/2015 - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Bedil Pasand Aya

    Introduction to the poetry of Sabk-i Hindi and Mirza Bedil With great veneration and awe, Mirza Abdul Qadir Bedil is referred to as Abul-Ma’ani, the Father of Meaning. Born in the seventeenth century, Bedil is regarded as one of the most prolific and challenging poets of the Indian school of Persian poetry and a key figure in Sufi circles. In an ecstatic state, Ghalib paid homage to Bedil’s great inventiveness: Mujhay Rang-e-Bahar Ejadiy-e-Bedil Pasand Aya.

    21/10/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Picturing the Past: A Conversation with Muzaffar Ali

    The talk features selections from the films of Muzaffar Ali...

    18/11/2015 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    The Interiority of Ghlaib’s Voice – An Erotics of Asceticism

    A renowned scientist with a passionate interest in the poetry of Ghalib, Dr Azra Raza was born in Karachi, and is an oncologist and research scientist by training. She is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and lives in Manhattan. In “these scoundrel times”, she is convinced that the best way "to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world" is by promoting and publicizing the achievements of humanity in science, art, and literature. With Sara Suleri Goodyer, she has coauthored the recent book, Ghalib: Epistemologies of Elegance.

    09/12/2015 - 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

    Urdu Classics with Zehra Nigah

    Zehra Nigah is one of the foremost Urdu poets of Pakistan. She appeared on the literary scene in the 1950s and became an instant celebrity. Coming from a well-known literary and intellectual family, she counts the writer, artist and TV personality Anwar Maqsood and Fatima Suraiya Bajia among her siblings.

    27/01/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm


    The ancient art of story-telling comes alive in a performance. The Dastaan-go was a narrator 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.

    16/03/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    Sukhan: Recitation, Oration from poetry and prose

    In this session, Zau is collaborating with Habib University and this would give the students of Karachi University and Habib a chance to collaborate in a literary endeavour and learn from each other.

    12/04/2016 - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm


    Writings by Ismat Chughtai. Featuring: Ghoonghat, Bachho Phuppi, Dozakh. Performers: Asma Mundrawala, Mahvash Faruqi, Shama Askari

    20/04/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Haveli: Daastan-goi

    Known as a stylist and humorist, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi is the leading writer of the day. People say that we are living in the Age of Yusufi and his lines are quoted like poetry of the masters. In addition to being a humorist, Yusufi is a superb story teller.

    11/05/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm


    Introduction by: Dr. Asif Aslam Farrukhi
    Moderator: Inaam Nadeem
    Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    5:30PM – 7:00PM

    06/09/2016 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    The Case of the Vanishing Maharaja: Urdu Travel Literature and Princely Politics in South Asia

    In 1851, the young Tukoji Holkar, Maharaja of Indore, went missing under suspicious circumstances. Some said his mentor and regent wanted him out of the picture. Others speculated that he’d been kidnapped and taken to Calcutta by nefarious colonial agents.

    25/11/2016 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    Read to Lead

    Abstract: Rick Holland said, “The World Belongs to those who...

    02/03/2017 - 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Dastaan-Goi: Tilism-e-Hosh Ruba

    Abstract: The ancient art of story-telling comes alive in a...

    13/03/2017 - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    Voices of Partition

    Arzu Center at Habib University and The 1947 Partition Archive...

    22/04/2017 - 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
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