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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.

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.

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, 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.

Children's story: A new year and a new beginning
Children's story: A new year and a new beginning
16 March 2021

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.

Navroz celebrations on The Ismaili TV
Navroz celebrations on The Ismaili TV
13 March 2021

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.

Latif Nasser is the host and executive producer of the Netflix documentary series ‘Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything’.
Latif Nasser is the host and executive producer of the Netflix documentary series ‘Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything’.
“There are always more questions”: Making curiosity cool again
“There are always more questions”: Making curiosity cool again
10 March 2021

This week, on the third episode of The Ismaili TV’s Trailblazers, we are joined by Latif Nasser, the host and executive producer of the Netflix documentary series ‘Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything’, and host of two podcast series’. He received a PhD in the history of science from Harvard University and is the recipient of the 2021 duPont Columbia Award for his series ‘The Other Latif’.

Part of the exhibition, In Search of Illusion, on display in the education wing of Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana. Art on left, “Inspiration of the Mind,” by Fahim Somani. Art on right, “Jorah,” by Salman Abdul.
Part of the exhibition, In Search of Illusion, on display in the education wing of Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana. Art on left, “Inspiration of the Mind,” by Fahim Somani. Art on right, “Jorah,” by Salman Abdul.
Ismaili artists featured at the new Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana in Greater Houston
Ismaili artists featured at the new Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana in Greater Houston
9 March 2021

Art historians and enthusiasts often recognize the 10th through 13th centuries as a period that marked an increase in the usage of symmetrical, geometric patterns in the Muslim world. Most likely aided by Muslim mathematicians, artists and artisans produced a large variety of designs. Many of these geometric models developed interpretations of ornament that embody metaphysical intent.

Farah Williamson is the co-founder of Project Shelter Wakadogo, a not-for-profit school in Gulu, Uganda.
Farah Williamson is the co-founder of Project Shelter Wakadogo, a not-for-profit school in Gulu, Uganda.
Responding to the call for education
Responding to the call for education
3 March 2021

Farah Williamson’s story is multi-faceted. As a 10-year-old girl, she had to flee her home country, Rwanda, during the 1994 genocide. Today, Farah is the co-founder of Project Shelter Wakadogo, a not-for-profit school in Gulu, Uganda. Farah speaks about these experiences and more in the second episode of The Ismaili TV’s original series Trailblazers.

Rufayda's desire to learn more about the relationship between business and sustainability led her to pursue a job with a science-based pollination startup.
Rufayda's desire to learn more about the relationship between business and sustainability led her to pursue a job with a science-based pollination startup.
Young Ismailis prepare for a future economy
Young Ismailis prepare for a future economy
27 February 2021

The complex challenges facing our increasingly volatile world — from climate change to rural development to security — are also a source of opportunity for the next generation of leaders and changemakers. Around the world, young Ismailis like Rufayda Dhamani, Nurmuhammad Butabekov, and Aleem Rehmtulla are taking creative approaches to address these issues and prepare for the future of the global economy.

New show on The Ismaili TV explores achievements of Trailblazers among the global Jamat
New show on The Ismaili TV explores achievements of Trailblazers among the global Jamat
24 February 2021

Trailblazers, a new original series airing exclusively on the Ismaili TV, will showcase Ismaili professionals from around the world who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields.

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