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Artists during the keynote address at the start of the Artist Premiere Gala.

Highlights of the all the events on day one of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration - Lisboa 2018.

Highlights of the all the events on day two of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration - Lisboa 2018.

Each artist brought a unique voice, a different sound and a depth of talent; but as a group they had to find harmony. Photo: Zahur Ramji

The milestone celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 80th birthday engaged artists from the diverse traditions of the Ismaili community in “a musical and cultural conversation.” And ensuring that within hours of the event, the worldwide Jamat could witness the celebration in a multiplicity of languages, was no minor feat.

Dr Nooredin Nurani (at the far left) and his team of dedicated volunteers offer free dental treatment at an annual event in Atlanta.

Described as grassroots because they are led by concerned citizens rather than governments or established institutions, such community action initiatives can be a powerful means in addressing difficult issues. Some Ismailis are successfully using grassroots action to magnify the impact of their volunteer work.

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