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Photography: Island Life by Rahim Salim
Photography: Island Life by Rahim Salim
Far East youth reflect on difficult year through art
Far East youth reflect on difficult year through art
26 March 2021

At the opening of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, Prince Amyn emphasized the importance of art in our lives by noting that “art and culture can have a profound impact in healing misunderstanding and in fostering trust even across great divides.” He made this speech in 2014, although the essence of his words remains timeless.

When in-person dance classes and performances came to a standstill, Aziza Jaffer Sharma used technology to channel her creativity. She began posting dance tutorials on her YouTube channel (some of which were also streamed on The Ismaili TV) and conducting virtual dance lessons on Zoom.
When in-person dance classes and performances came to a standstill, Aziza Jaffer Sharma used technology to channel her creativity. She began posting dance tutorials on her YouTube channel (some of which were also streamed on The Ismaili TV) and conducting virtual dance lessons on Zoom.
Channeling creativity during a global pandemic
Channeling creativity during a global pandemic
26 March 2021

Art has often played a powerful role in shaping society’s consciousness, especially in times of crisis. Some of the most touching moments during the early days of the pandemic were people singing or playing music for their neighbours, drawing their communities out on balconies and rooftops to share the moment. Ismaili artists from various countries share their stories of how Covid-19 impacted them and how they adapted to the new normal.

Aga Khan Academy Mombasa graduate Danish and his university roommates co-founded Orai, a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to coach people to practice and enhance their speaking skills.
Aga Khan Academy Mombasa graduate Danish and his university roommates co-founded Orai, a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to coach people to practice and enhance their speaking skills.
Helping others to find their voice
Helping others to find their voice
25 March 2021

This week, on our fifth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Danish Dhamani, the co-founder of Orai, and one of 2021’s Forbes 30 under 30.

Nuha, Wassim, and their two children are excited about the various opportunities for growth at the Aga Khan Academy, Maputo.
Nuha, Wassim, and their two children are excited about the various opportunities for growth at the Aga Khan Academy, Maputo.
A home away from home
A home away from home
22 March 2021

After months of excitement, anticipation, and a journey of over 6,000 miles from Salamiyah, Syria, Nuha Alaizouki and Wassim Alhammwy are finally able to call the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, Mozambique their new home.

Talika Mubarak of Mawlana Hazar Imam, 21 March 2021
Talika Mubarak of Mawlana Hazar Imam, 21 March 2021
21 March 2021

On the occasion of Navroz, Mawlana Hazar Imam has graciously sent a Talika Mubarak to the global Jamat, which is being shared via The Ismaili.

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new perfume

Music video: New Perfume
19 March 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to present New Perfume by the Canadian Artist Collective. The lyrics draw on the symbolism of fresh fragrance to invoke feelings of hope, excitement, and renewal as we look ahead to a new year.

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Music video: Sabza Ba Naaz
19 March 2021

Today we feature a rendition of the popular Sabza Ba Naaz by US-based The Sufistics featuring the Noor Band from Tajikistan. The song aspires to leave us with hope that the world will soon be green with abundance again.

Pebbles to Penguins: A global film for Navroz
Pebbles to Penguins: A global film for Navroz
19 March 2021

“Of course, Mummy,” responds Zoya Nayani, the main character of Pebbles to Penguins: A Story of Renewal. Zoya’s definite statement is not unlike the responses of many people when asked, “Are you okay?” Entrenched in the context of the pandemic — like nearly everyone else in the world — the directors of Pebbles to Penguins are committed to uncovering the psychological subtext of these conversations.

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Music video: Navroz Mubarak 1400
18 March 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to present Navroz Mubarak 1400, performed by the Canadian Artist Collective. The song not only welcomes the coming of spring, but also celebrates the new year, and a new century in the Solar Hijri calendar.

dar pe

Music video: Dar Pe Tere
18 March 2021

Today, The Ismaili brings you Natasha Baig's Dar Pe Tere, a heartfelt tribute and request. The song seeks blessings and guidance, as we individually and collectively navigate towards brighter times.

Investing in your future
Investing in your future
18 March 2021

This week, on our fourth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Rahim Daya, the head of Barclays Private Bank, Middle East. Based in Dubai, Rahim is responsible for the management and strategy of Barclays, Middle East, and is a drummer for the band, Khayal, having performed all across the globe, including at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon in 2018.

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Music video: Tere Nur Se Mawla
17 March 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to present Tere Nur Se Mawla, a collaborative initiative between music artists Taufiq Karmali and Irfan Sheen. With lyrics in both Urdu and Farsi, the song describes the colours and fragrances associated with spring and the occasion of Navroz.

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