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Thousands of people from various cultures came together to celebrate the end of Ramadan at the London Eid Festival in the city’s iconic Trafalgar Square on Saturday 8 June 2019.

Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is celebrated on 21 June every year. On this day, musicians around the world are urged to play and listen to music outdoors in their neighbourhoods, or in gardens, parks, and public spaces. In the lead-up to the occasion earlier this month, thousands of people gathered to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr at the London Eid Festival 2019 in Trafalgar Square, where they were treated to a special performance by the UK Jamat’s Ismaili Community Ensemble.

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston. Shiraz Khabani

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston is a place of gathering, learning and exchange. Each year, thousands visit the Center to engage in discussions on important issues, take in cultural performances and art exhibitions, or attend a social event and explore the building’s remarkable architecture.

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.

The Ismaili Musical Ensemble performs a youth concert in the Social Hall of Houston Principal Jamat Khana and Center.

Ismaili Musical Ensembles in the USA and Canada provide creative platforms for dedicated Ismaili musicians to learn, practice and showcase their talents. But the musicians are required to demonstrate the quality of their abilities and commit to the ongoing development of their musical education.

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