Central US Jamat Comes Together in Dallas for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Veteran and first-time Jubilee dancers reflect and prepare in the moments before performing for thousands of Jamati members.
Many events are organized at the Jamatkhana that aspire to stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity in the greater Dallas area.
The under-18 performance, composed of Ismaili youth ages 3 to 18, is centered around putting the youngest Jamati members front and center during the momentous celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee.
The uniformed volunteers in the community assume added responsibilities year-round, and the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Weekend (VAW) is a way to remember their dedication and to recognize them.
An enraptured audience of over 100 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas experienced the magical journey into times long past. Co-sponsored in April 2017 by the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Aga Khan Council for Central US, the event showcased the extensive musical heritage of Central Asia.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) found a new platform at the Dallas Museum of Art, as 175 people from across the Dallas area learned about the award and its history in October. The UT Arlington students and STEP teachers from the Ismaili Muslim community explained the projects' architectural elements and their impact.
The HUM Ensemble featured Sandeep Das, Kenan Adnawi, an oud player from Syria, and Rajib Karmarkar, an Indian sitar performer. The trio performed for nearly two-hours, during which they combined Hindustani classical music, one of two classical forms in India, with the Maqam musical tradition of Syria.
"Starting off the visit of the Mayors of Fort Worth and Dallas to Canada, with a stop at the Aga Khan Museum, was a great way to highlight the connections between important communities that exist in both of our countries. It allowed us to showcase Canada’s diversity and acceptance in a beautiful and very meaningful way. Others on the trip noted that they were struck by the patterns; thank you once again for arranging the tour and for your ongoing friendship and support." -Sara Wilshaw, Consul General of Canada in Dallas
“The Center will be a place of peace, humility, reflection and prayer. It will be a place of search and enlightenment. It will be a center which will seek to bond men and women of this pluralist country to replace their fragility in their narrow spheres by the strength of civilized society bound together by a common destiny.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam at the time of the inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston
Dozens of North Texans, including artists, nonprofit workers and youth, spent their Memorial Day weekend at an art exhibition titled, “Art: A Language for Change,” highlighting the impact of poverty.