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 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.
IJKC USA: The Voices and Bridges Project – Connecting Cultures Through Music and Poetry – 14 March 2021
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.
Understanding AKDN: Architecture in the Muslim Tradition Farrokh Derakhshani Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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.