Nai Barghouti is a Palestinian singer, composer, and flute player. At the age of 14, she launched her professional singing career and completed her studies in classical flute performance at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine.
Mohamad Osman is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and music teacher from Syria. Born in Jarabulus in 1975, he began his musical studies playing the buzuq (lute) during his early childhood.
A performance by the Aga Khan Music Initiative Ensemble, which is made up of musical innovators who are the AKMI’s most trusted artists, performers, educators, and advisors. Assembled from Afghanistan, China, Italy, and Syria, in this performance they celebrate the music that is inspired by their heritage.
Omnibus Ensemble was established in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2004 by a group of adventurous young musicians who, as they explained, “shared the aim of performing music never before heard in Central Asia."
Mustafa Said is an Egyptian oud player, singer, composer, musicologist, and music teacher. Born and raised in Cairo, Said was introduced to music as a child and learned to read and write music in Braille at an early age.
Ejaz Sher Ali Khan is a Pakistani singer and harmonium player who takes an innovative approach to qawwali while honoring the roots of its tradition.
Celebrate Eid al-Adha with an enchanting musical performance held at the Ismaili Centre Toronto in 2015. Dr. Karim Gillani and the Sufi Music Ensemble perform original compositions based on classical poems of the Mughal era with a theme of Rah-e-Ishq – The Path of Love. Using rich metaphors, symbols, and stories of the past, musical compositions, and interpretations of modern art, the ensemble echoed the sentiments of tolerance and acceptance of the Mughal civilisation. The musicians used a variety of traditional instruments such as the santur, tombak, sarangi, flutes, Indian tablas, harmonium, and keyboard.
This month marks 35 years of the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver. Join us in celebrating this milestone through a series of online events. Our second session features a special conversation with past and present institutional leaders. Moderated by CTV’s Nafeesa Karim, this promises to be an engaging discussion filled with insights into the history of the Ismaili Centre, alongside footage from the Centre’s archives. Past Council for Canada President Farouk Verjee and past Council for British Columbia President Bahadur Karim will share their experiences and fondest memories of the Centre’s opening ceremony. Discover the vision, conversations, and experiences that helped establish the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver as a keystone of our community in Canada. The session will close with Council for British Columbia President Samir Manji offering his reflections on the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver.
Learn about the diverse places of worship that are part of the religious lives of over 1.6 billion Muslims. Rizwan Mawani, author of “Beyond the Mosque: Diverse Spaces of Muslim Worship” discusses his latest publication in the Institute of Ismaili Studies' World of Islam series.
Rihla, which means ‘journey’ in Arabic, is a Diamond Jubilee production that toured through six Canadian cities in 2018. Featuring over 30 artists from across Canada, Rihla takes the audience on a journey from Mawlana Sultan Mohamed Shah’s Diamond Jubilee, through to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Takht Nashini, the 1978 Canadian Mulaqat, the Silver Jubilee, the Golden Jubilee, and the Diamond Jubilee. Through dance, voice, music, and multimedia, Rihla tells the story behind our Jamat’s “Canadian Mosaic.” It showcases the rich diversity, and pluralistic vantage of cultures, languages, and unique stories of migration, struggle, growth, flourish, and community within our regions. Each Act spotlights a story told through a combination of narration and drama, inspiring musical pieces, dance performances, all with integrated multimedia. The performance will be weaved together by an overarching narrative embodying the spirit of brotherhood, generosity, and unity within the Canadian Jamat. Join us for the full showing of Rihla, for the first time on screen!
Designing a Better World is a new Ismaili Centre docu-series, focusing on designers who are improving society through their creativity and passion. In the first episode, world-renowned Islamic geometry artist, sculptor, and calligrapher Adam Williamson shares his journey and explains how the act of producing art is, for him, a deeply meditative and spiritual process. From architecture to policy-making, entertainment to organizational design, Designing a Better World brings together leading thinkers who are building a more inclusive, resilient, and peaceful world through better design.
Rihla, which means ‘journey’ in Arabic, is a Diamond Jubilee production that toured through 6 Canadian cities in 2018. Featuring over 30 artists from across Canada, Rihla takes the audience on a journey from Mawlana Sultan Mohamed Shah’s Diamond Jubilee, through to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Takht Nashini, the 1978 Canadian Mulaqat, the Silver Jubilee, the Golden Jubilee, and the most recent Diamond Jubilee. Through dance, voice, music, and multimedia, Rihla tells the story behind our Jamat’s “Canadian Mosaic”. It showcases the rich diversity, and pluralistic vantage of cultures, languages, and unique stories of migration, struggle, growth, flourish, and community within our regions. Each Act spotlights a story told through a combination of narration and drama, inspiring musical pieces, dance performances, all with integrated multimedia. The performance will be weaved together by an overarching narrative embodying the spirit of brotherhood, generosity, and unity within the Canadian Jamat. Join us for the full showing of Rihla, for the first time on screen!
The Ismaili Centres are proud to present Visionary Voices: Conversations on the 35th Anniversary of the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver. Please join us for a special event featuring a discussion with former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney. Mr. Mulroney reflects back on the vision for the Centre, its significance as a symbol of the Ismaili community's contributions to Canada, and its untapped potential to fulfill even more of these hopes and aspirations in the years ahead.
Enjoy this performance from the Jubilee Arts International Showcase by Beauty of Diversity from Afghanistan.
Enjoy this performance by Sadiq Rehmani from Australia during the Jubliee Arts International Talent Showcase in Lisbon.
Enjoy this performance by Appan from Bangladesh during the Jubliee Arts International Talent Showcase in Lisbon.
Enjoy this performance by Mast Kalandar from the Democratic Republic of Congo during the Jubliee Arts International Talent Showcase in Lisbon.
Asin Khan Langa is a vocalist and sarangi player who performs folk music and Sufi poetry sung to both traditional and improvised accompaniment. Enjoy this performance from the 2019 Aga Khan Music Awards.
You can read more about the Aga Khan Music Awards on the AKDN website » or see more performances from the event on The.Ismaili On-Demand »
Enjoy this performance from the Jubilee Arts International Showcase by Shereen Ladha from Canada.

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