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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's video message at the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship awarded to Mawlana Hazar Imam on 21 September 2016. ICC

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau​, Prime Minister of Canada, honours Mawlana Hazar Imam in a video message presented during the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship ceremony in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Zahur Ramji

Ottawa, 17 May 2016 — This afternoon, Mawlana Hazar Imam was at Parliament Hill, where he received a warm welcome from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. The pair met in the Prime Minister’s office at Centre Block.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn review plans for the future home of the Global Centre for Pluralism with Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects, Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib and Farhad Mawani of Imara. Moez Visram

Mawlana Hazar Imam is on a six-day visit to Canada, during which he will be in Ottawa and Toronto to attend various meetings and events. On Thursday, Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver introductory remarks at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Pluralism Lecture, being held at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

During the annual flagship concert of the Ismaili Community Ensemble, Riaz Rhemtulla and Scheherazaad Cooper bring the shadow landers to life through Kathak and Odissi dance forms.

The lyrics, movement and music that reverberated throughout the auditorium of the Britten Theatre at The Royal College of Music, captured the imaginations of hundreds in the audience. In their annual flagship performance, the Ismaili Community Ensemble demonstrated that historical literature represents an important expression of thought, culture and civilisation.

The rubab features prominently in the musical traditions of Central Asia, and is one of many instruments that contribute to the rich diversity of music in the Jamat and the ummah.

As it prepares for its January 2012 concert, the UK Ismaili Community Ensemble has found resonance with the values of the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games. The celebration of cultural diversity, finding ways to inspire and involve young people, and leaving a positive legacy in London through social cohesion and cultural participation are notions that are shared by the Ensemble and have influenced the music it has created.

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