An illustration of a polo game from a manuscript of the poem Guy u Chawgan (the Ball and the Polo-mallet) dating from 1546, during the Safavid dynasty in Persia.
An illustration of a polo game from a manuscript of the poem Guy u Chawgan (the Ball and the Polo-mallet) dating from 1546, during the Safavid dynasty in Persia.
Sports as recreation: more than just exercise
Sports as recreation: more than just exercise
9 April 2019

Sports have been part of the human experience throughout history, as far back as Sumerian times (4000 BCE), and ancient Egypt. They were often associated with religion, making sports a sacred activity. In those times, common sports included wrestling, archery, and martial arts, each requiring meditation and intense concentration.

World Health Day: Health for all
World Health Day: Health for all
6 April 2019

World Health Day is commemorated on 7 April all over the world, to raise awareness and draw attention towards the importance of global health. To mark this occasion, The.Ismaili highlights the need to take care of one’s well being in the face of increasing public health concerns.

Ismaili health professionals from the US trained doctors in Khorog on heart disease. Here, a doctor checks a patient's blood pressure.
Ismaili health professionals from the US trained doctors in Khorog on heart disease. Here, a doctor checks a patient's blood pressure.
Improving women's health in Gorno-Badakhshan
Improving women's health in Gorno-Badakhshan
6 April 2019

Nestled at the base of the Pamir mountain range lies Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO), a place of immense beauty within a harsh and rugged mountainous region — home of Nasir Khusraw. The population in Badakhshan is predominantly Ismaili and live in small villages along the slopes of the Pamirs or near the tributaries of the Pyanj River that divides Tajikistan from Afghanistan.

Blind Cricket and Bowling Tournament for differently-abled individuals
Blind Cricket and Bowling Tournament for differently-abled individuals
5 April 2019

Inclusivity is an imperative ethic for the growth of any community. The only true disability which exists in society is the inability to accept and acknowledge each other’s differences. The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBBC) and the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board, arranged a Blind Cricket and Bowling Tournament for differently-abled Jamati members from Gilgit, Hunza, Ishkoman Puniyal, Gupis Yasin, Upper Chitral, and Central Regions. 

Mustafa Said, Laureate of the Performance category is conferred with an Aga Khan Music Award by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Excellency President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Prince Amyn.
Mustafa Said, Laureate of the Performance category is conferred with an Aga Khan Music Award by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Excellency President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Prince Amyn.
Aga Khan Music Awards presented to ten laureates
Aga Khan Music Awards presented to ten laureates
31 March 2019

At a momentous and celebratory event held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Aga Khan Music Awards reached a crescendo, as His Excellency President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Mawlana Hazar Imam, and Prince Amyn awarded prizes to ten laureates, representing 13 countries around the world.

The Seminar panel was composed of members of the Aga Khan Music Awards Master Jury, Steering Committee, and Secretariat.
The Seminar panel was composed of members of the Aga Khan Music Awards Master Jury, Steering Committee, and Secretariat.
Aga Khan Music Awards’ inaugural Seminar hosted in Lisbon
Aga Khan Music Awards’ inaugural Seminar hosted in Lisbon
30 March 2019

On the third day of the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards, eminent figures in the realm of arts and music came together to participate in discussions relating to the concept, vision, and impact of the Awards. The Seminar was attended by Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Amyn, Prince Hussain, and Prince Aly Muhammad.

Prince Amyn, Prince Hussain, and Prince Aly Muhammad applaud the finalists of the Aga Khan Music Awards’ Award in Performance category.
Prince Amyn, Prince Hussain, and Prince Aly Muhammad applaud the finalists of the Aga Khan Music Awards’ Award in Performance category.
Distinguished finalists perform for Master Jury at Aga Khan Music Awards
Distinguished finalists perform for Master Jury at Aga Khan Music Awards
29 March 2019

Earlier today, finalists for the Aga Khan Music Awards’ Award in Performance category performed for a live audience, which included Prince Amyn, Prince Hussain, and Prince Aly Muhammad.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Lisbon on 29 March 2019 to preside over the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Lisbon on 29 March 2019 to preside over the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Lisbon to preside over Aga Khan Music Awards
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Lisbon to preside over Aga Khan Music Awards
29 March 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Lisbon today to preside over the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards ceremony. Taking place from 29-31 March at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Aga Khan Music Awards will feature three days of concerts and events honouring laureates in the six domains being recognised by the Award.

Nobovar Chanorov (2nd from right) and the Shams group shared a medley of Pamiri sounds to an enthralled audience at the Ismaili Centre, London.
Nobovar Chanorov (2nd from right) and the Shams group shared a medley of Pamiri sounds to an enthralled audience at the Ismaili Centre, London.
Nobovar and Shams Band amplify musical heritage of Badakhshan
Nobovar and Shams Band amplify musical heritage of Badakhshan
28 March 2019

For communities residing among the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan, music is part of everyday life, appreciated and practiced at every opportunity. On 28 March 2019, Nobovar Chanorov and the Shams group of music artists shared a medley of Pamiri sounds to an enthralled audience at the Ismaili Centre, London.

Video: Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Lisbon for Aga Khan Music Awards
28 March 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Lisbon on 29 March to preside over the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards ceremony. Hazar Imam was greeted at Lisbon’s Figo Maduro airport by Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal, and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to the Portuguese Republic.

Master Musicians performing along with the Gulbenkian Orchestra at the first event of the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards.

Aga Khan Music Initiative Masters Concert

Master Musicians performing along with the Gulbenkian Orchestra at the first event of the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards.
Video: Aga Khan Music Initiative Masters Concert grand finale
28 March 2019

The Aga Khan Music Awards opened with a concert on 29 March, featuring the Gulbenkian Orchestra, led by maestro Pedro Neves, which performed new works with Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative from Tajikistan, Syria, and Afghanistan, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family. This video features the grand finale performance of the concert.

Fairouz Nishanova joined AKDN in 2000 and has served as Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative since 2005. In this capacity, she has overseen the creation of the Aga Khan Music Awards’ structure and the organisation of its inaugural ceremony.
Fairouz Nishanova joined AKDN in 2000 and has served as Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative since 2005. In this capacity, she has overseen the creation of the Aga Khan Music Awards’ structure and the organisation of its inaugural ceremony.
Interview with Fairouz Nishanova, Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Interview with Fairouz Nishanova, Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative
28 March 2019

As part of a series of interviews, Fairouz Nishanova discusses the work of the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI), and its positive impact in strengthening community, identity, and access to diverse forms of cultural expression. The.Ismaili is pleased to publish this interview ahead of the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards to commence later today.

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