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Salim-Sulaiman perform at a Jubilee Concert in Houston, Texas.

Renowned artists and composers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant have obtained accolades in the Indian film industry and have performed in a number of prominent spaces including at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Their memorable songs such as ‘Jubilee Mubarak’, ‘Ali Mawla’, and ‘Shukran Allah’, which were performed on the occasion of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, still resonate in our minds. To coincide with the upcoming Aga Khan Music Awards, we spoke with the two brothers about their journey.

Acclaimed singer and author Ali Sethi performs at Misaq e Ishq, at the Ismaili Centre London.
On a cold and crisp winter evening, a buzz of anticipation filled the air as crowds filtered into the social hall at the Ismaili Centre on 16 January for Misaq e Ishq — an evening of poetry, music, and storytelling on the theme of love.
The ensemble weaved together a selection of well-known qawwali, original compositions, poems, and stories from a variety of cultural traditions.

The songs and stories of the Middle East and South Asia are infused with sensations, fragrances, tastes, and colours; the depth of which were conveyed by Harvard Professor Ali Asani, and Pakistani singer and author Ali Sethi, in a unique format at the Ismaili Centre London.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Professor Diana L. Eck hold an on-stage conversation at Harvard University following the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture. Farhez Rayani

Mawlana Hazar Imam sat down with Harvard University Professor Diana Eck for an on-stage conversation after delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard. Their dialogue explored many ways in which pluralism affects society and human development.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University. Farhez Rayani

Cambridge, MA, 13 November 2015 — For decades, technology and globalisation have been held up as a panacea for humanity’s ills. But although today’s world is now more connected than ever before, it has also become more fragmented.

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