“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.
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.
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.
This week, on our fourth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Rahim Daya, CEO of Barclays Private Bank, Switzerland, as well as the head of Middle East at Barclays. 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.
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.
Today we share a story about two children, Nargis and Aziz, who celebrate the festival of Navroz with their family. Parents and grandparents may wish to read this story with children, whether in person or over a video call.
The Ismaili is pleased to release a Children's Song for Navroz entitled A New Day. Featuring youth from across the world, the track is an uplifting take on what Navroz means to the younger members of our Jamat.
Today, The Ismaili brings you Nairouzel-Mahaba Wal Khaeer (Navroz is Love and Grace). This Syrian Nasheed, performed in Arabic, is dedicated to the joy and radiance of the occasion of Navroz.
The Ismaili is pleased to present Naya Din (New Day) performed by Fitoor the Band, inspired by the occasion of Navroz. The song describes the natural beauty of the spring season and encourages us all to keep this beauty alive for generations to come.
Visual art has always been a powerful medium of expression; bridging divides and bringing people together. During a time of physical distance between one another, art takes on an additional dimension, offering the ability to connect with others and with oneself. In response, the UK jurisdiction Jamat launched the heARTspace initiative. Participants were given a very simple brief: their artwork should come from the heart.
To coincide with Navroz, The Ismaili is pleased to present a collection of songs in various languages in the days leading up to Navroz. The first one is entitled The Light of Navroz, which highlights that although we might be celebrating separately, we remain united as One Jamat.
Next weekend, the Jamat around the world will celebrate Navroz, marking the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring. The Ismaili TV is pleased to present a two-day Navroz programme featuring programmes in multiple languages for children and adults alike.