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 Ismaili is pleased to present a compilations of The Ismaili Sounds releases.
Presented by Council for Canada and Suhana Safar, celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next in a spirit of optimism and hope with host Zahra Premji and a star-studded cast of talented Ismaili artists from around the world.
To continue celebrating Mawlana Hazar Imam's 85th Birthday, The Ismaili Sounds pleased to present Iltija, featuring Pakistani folk and Sufi artist Sanam Marvi along with Jamil Assani.
As part of our series of Salgirah song releases, The Ismaili is pleased to present Girya O Zari, performed by Taufiq Karmali. The song is a request for our heartfelt wishes and prayers to be accepted, and for the strength to overcome difficulties.
Tahseen Sakina, Pakistan's new Sufi music sensation, gives a riveting performance in a concert specially crafted to celebrate the 85th Salgirah of our Beloved Hazar Imam. The show features some of the best-loved mystical pieces known to audiences from around the world.
Featuring young Ismaili artists and performers from around the world coming together to wish felicitations to Mawlana Hazar Imam and the global Jamat on the occasion of Salgirah.
To coincide with the Jamat’s Salgirah celebrations, The Ismaili Sounds is pleased to present a rendition of Aaj Badhe Anand Re, performed by Zohra Kassam. The lyrics of this well-known Gujarati geet express joy on a day of glad tidings for the murids of the Imam-of-the-Time.
The Ismaili is pleased to present Virtually Happy Birthday, performed by the Dhun Kids. In the song, young members of the Jamat express birthday wishes to the Imam-of-the-Time in their own special way.
Performed at the Ismaili Centre Dushanbe, Tajik artists celebrate the joy and love of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Mawlud (Salgirah). This is a beautifully staged musical program based on Shamsi Tabrezi poems on devotion to divine love.
A one-of-a-kind musical celebration that tells a story of what the Imam means to us at every stage of our life. Ismaili Sounds that you know and love from around the world, arranged with spoken word elements, unite in an epic medley to share a message of shukrana on the occasion of Mawlana Hazar Imam's 85th birthday.
The Ismaili is pleased to present a rendition of Noor-e Haq, performed by Shabnam Merali. The devotional song is written in praise of Mawlana Ali and is sung in three languages; Urdu, Farsi, and Gujarati.
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.
The Ismaili is pleased to present Nagaria, a song about the experience of waiting and longing for the beloved to visit, and the joy and elation felt when the wish is fulfilled.
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.
The Ismaili presents Mawla Tera Shukriya, a song written to express gratitude for the blessings we enjoy every day. The lyrics also feature a humble request for mushkil-asan during times of difficulty and hardship.
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.
The Ismaili Sounds presents Anywhere, performed by K4 from Canada. The song, which contains urban influences, depicts young people finding their way in the world, guided by their faith.
The Ismaili is pleased to present Soday-e-Ishq, written by Aziz Allah Barzgar and performed by members of the Jamat from Iran. The song explores notions of yearning, search, and seeking the love of the divine.

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