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Circles of Tusi

Following the successful launch of the Circles of Tusi exhibition at Northwest London Jamatkhana in April this year, and a further two events at Birmingham in June and Leicester in September, it was time to bring it to the Zamana Space at the Ismaili Centre London.

As the STEP program is being delivered to the Secondary REC students in Dhaka, Bangladesh, students ages 12 to 21 took part in a STEP CAMP organized by ITREB for the first time ever in Bangladesh. The topic was on Identity and Pluralism. The camp was held on Friday, October 5th from 4:30 AM – 4:00 PM and it was led by Mehak Lalani, STEP teacher from USA. Venue was first Jamatkhana, then Kurmitola Golf Club and then sessions in Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center (IJKC). Students started the day by taking part in the rites and rituals of morning Jamatkhana, Later the group went to the Kurmitola Golf Club to enjoy the greenery, walking, breakfast and some golf. Students experienced the sport of golf and it gave exposure to the children to play golf and appreciate the spirit of the sport. Students really enjoyed the sport and were very excited with this new experience.

Vocational skills are very important in today’s fast paced world. While the internet and the age of online apps have taken the world by storm, there are still some skills that are unique to the human ability. One such skill is the art of applying mehndi or henna. Henna is a big part of the Muslim  world and is considered sacred on any joyous occasion, be it religious or cultural. Women across the Muslim world have historically shown a keen interest towards this art while also possessing great skill in it. While henna art looks different in different cultures, henna artists nowadays take inspiration from all forms to come out with something truly creative.

It was 9 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, Primary and Secondary students and teachers of Dhaka Religious Education Center gather in the housing colony all excited and enthusiastic much ahead of time. Everyone boards the bus to start the thrilling and educational journey to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre.