Explore the art and the science behind the Aga Khan Museum exhibition Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads with this illuminating talk featuring the University of Toronto’s Dr. Alexandra Gillespie.
The final episode in our three-part docu-series grapples with the question of how to carry on and preserve a centuries-old oral and musical tradition. We meet Lakha Khan’s son, Dane, who not long ago was driving a truck and showed little interest in following in his father’s footsteps. Now, Dane has joined forces with his father and an inspiring collection of artists, craftspeople, and other culture lovers striving to keep Rajasthani musical traditions alive.
Enter the Rajasthan home of Sindhi master musician Lakha Khan and experience him sing songs and perform instrumentals that speak to the worldly and sacred nature of his music. Fluent in five languages, he sings in Seraiki, Sindhi, Marwari, Punjabi, and Hindi.
Journey Beyond with the Aga Khan Museum’s 2021 Lapis Digital Benefit. This year’s online gala features mesmerizing performances from Mi'gmaq singer-songwriter Darlene Gijuminag, Pakistani singer Ali Sethi, Flamenco troupe Compañia Carmen Romero, and more. Hosted by journalist, teacher, and advocate Abdul-Rehman Malik.
Ankur and Ashutosh, long-time friends and founders of Amarrass Records, set out on a desert odyssey to film and record a dying culture of traditional Indian music. Driving through the remote villages of Rajasthan in northwest India, they meet master musicians including Lakha Khan, a passionate and energetic Sindhi sarangi maestro who is concerned that the next generation will not carry on the tradition.
Focus on the importance of Islamic architecture and how it has evolved over the years. Additionally, discuss how Islamic architecture interacts with culture and society and stress the role of human agency in shaping that interplay on 12 November 2020.
This episode celebrates the contributions of Indigenous artists during June - Canada's Indigenous People's month. A moving piece by Indigenous performers Cris Derksen and Moe Clark, 'Refuge in Truth' is a piece that looks at notions of displacement and alienation and how memory can help reclaim the space of belonging and connection. It is inspired by our Sanctuary Exhibition and performed in the gallery. An excerpt by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke discusses the diversity within the Indigenous Turtle Island Community. Juno award-winning Jeremy Dutcher's artist residency presentation and interview with the CBC's Sook-Yin Lee are featured to close the episode, his music video 'Mehcinut.
Celebrate spring and Navroz as Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, curator at the Aga Khan Museum talks about how the world is coming alive this time of year, experience the uplifting performances of Montreal artists Kiya Tabassian and Hamin Honari, and hear a warm conversation between Dr. Filiz Cakir Phillip and Marianne Fenton on the fascination with tulips, a favorite springtime flower.
Explore the exchange and connectivity between different Asian cultures with The Aga Khan Museum. Beginning in South Asia, a pocket performance on the bansuri by Hasheel showcases this unique cultural tradition followed by a discussion between curator Dr. Marika Sardar and Dr. Katherine Anne Paul on one of the most eye-catching pieces in the Museum's collection. Learn how a magnificent object made in China in the 15th century ended up at a court in India in the 17th century. Museum volunteer Jane Liu reflects on the beauty of the work's colorful clouds and mists and how they remind her of a motif in Chinese art. The episode closes with a glorious performance on the pipa from renowned artist Wen Zhao presenting traditional music from China.
In recognition of International Museum Day, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA in collaboration with the High Museum of Art-Atlanta, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto presents a discussion on the role of museums in bridging cultures and developing solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.
Host Rahim Ladhani sits down with Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Interim Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, to explore how the Museum has fared through the pandemic, what lies ahead, and how the Museum continues to offer new insights and perspectives that connect cultures and bring communities together. We then journey through the Museum with a guided tour of the newest exhibition, taking performances in the auditorium and making a final stop at the Museum shop.
A film by Dr. Farzin Rezaeian, an award-winning documentary, and educational producer, which explores the richness and diversity of the ancient tradition of Nowruz (New Year). This colorful and joyous festival is celebrated across cultures by over 300,000 people in various countries around the world.
The Ismaili Community Ensemble (ICE) performed at the Ismaili Centre London on February 8, 2020. The theme of the original pieces of music is the impact of human beings on the planet and the urging to take personal responsibility for protecting Allah's creation.
The Council for the USA and the Wende Museum of Los Angeles presents a program that explores the music of Central Asia. A panel discusses the efforts of the Aga Khan Music Program to preserve and promote artists from the region.
A conversation with author and producer Dr. Farzin Rezaeian where he discusses his documentary The Spirit of Nowruz - One Family, One Song. The film explores the richness and diversity of the ancient tradition of Nowruz (New Year), celebrated across cultures by 300,000,000 people in various countries around the world.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA are pleased to present a multicultural collaboration of educators and musicians from around the world bridging languages of ancient cultures to create a new story that celebrates different traditions. Featuring Dr. Sadaf Munshi, professor, and chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of North Texas, Ehsan Matoori, composer and producer of The Voices and Bridges Project, Dr. Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim Islamic Religion Cultures at Harvard University and Dr. Ali Montazeri, composer and music researcher.
In a value-based conversation with moderator Haseena Jamal, Zainub Verjee will speak about her journey in the arts, highlighting the broad scope of her work. She will touch on a wide range of themes, including the role of art in cultural diplomacy, how art fosters civil society, collaborations in art-science-technology, and the value of art and culture during the pandemic. Zainub is a trailblazer for her generation, and this insightful webinar will explore her four decades of engagement with the arts, both in Canada and internationally.
Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, discusses the origin and evolution of the Award, and Mawlana Hazar Imam's ongoing work to encourage excellence in architecture as a means of improving quality of life.
On this Friday Night Reflections episode, we take a deeper look at how architecture serves as an anchor of our identity, extending beyond the structural, functional, and aesthetic, reflecting our traditions, our values, and our aspirations. Host Malika Karim-Rajan sits down with Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for a wide-ranging conversation, exploring the origin and evolution of the Award, and Mawlana Hazar Imam's ongoing work to encourage excellence in architecture as a bedrock for sustainable development. We then travel across the globe to the Ismaili Centre Dushanbe, where architect Farouk Noormohamed shares an exclusive virtual tour of this Pamiri-inspired, architectural jewel.
This evening, we take a deeper look at the response of Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a significant economic and social toll on communities across the globe. President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha will share the second installment of 'From the Heart', exploring the soft skills needed to succeed in today's world. Host Safiqa Kara then sits down with Dr. Gijs Walraven, AKDN Director of Health, to discuss the unique challenges faced in supporting the global Jamat and the populations served by AKHS. We will also hear from some of our Canadian healthcare professionals who have served globally, giving of their time and knowledge.

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