Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts, takes a look at the past few months at the Aga Khan Museum. Go behind the scenes to learn about the process of staging an exhibition, meet Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia, and enjoy a captivating pocket performance by vocalist Samidha Joglekar, percussionist Abbas Janmohamed, and string specialist Zeeshan Lalani as they perform a traditional Thumri song about friendship and longing, symbolized by the arrival of the monsoon.
Get a close look at the Aga Khan Museum's "IMAGE? The Power of the Visual" exhibition and go behind the scenes to watch the team as they bring the exhibition to life. Join the Museum's Head of Performing Arts, Amirali Alibhai as he sits down with world-renowned performer of Northern Indian classical music, Steve Oda, enjoy special performances by Kune, an intercultural band made up of Toronto-based artists, and hear about all the exciting ways in which the Museum's education team is engaging and shaping young minds.
The Aga Khan Museum, the Consulate General of the Republic of France in Toronto, and the French Institute present an evening filled with a diverse line-up of artists, activists, and leaders that challenge and explore our relationship with the natural world and how we can preserve our planet for generations to come.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with a lyrical interpretation of an Arabic folk tale from "One Thousand and One Nights" performed by storyteller Dawne McFarlane and Juno nominee Maryem Toller. Also featured is the 'Great Poet Series: Reflections of Hafez' with a stellar lineup of musical artists, animated by the mystical whirling dance of Farzad AttarJafari and translations by Sheniz Janmohamed. Hussein Jadavji & Celine George then take us on a journey of spoken word that might challenge our perceptions.
In a one-time-only concert, four electrifying vocalists with roots in the African continent honour the role of women and mothers in carrying on musical traditions.
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.
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.
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.
This week on Friday Night Reflections, join host Rahim Ladhani as he 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 on the horizon, and how the Museum continues to offer new insights and perspectives that connects cultures and brings communities together. We then journey through the Museum, with a guided tour of the newest exhibition, taking in a performance in the auditorium, and making a final stop at the Museum shop. This Friday, travel with us to Toronto to explore the treasures of the Museum from your very own home. And don't miss the quiz at the end to test your Museum knowledge!
Today we look back on the highlights of the opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada.
Explore the concepts of faith, identity, personal journey, and safe havens through an overview of the American Medina exhibit from the Chicago History Museum and Sanctuary exhibit from the Aga Khan Museum. This discussion includes Dr. Peter T. Alter, Chief Historian from the Chicago History Museum, Dr. Michael Chagnon, Curator from the Aga Khan Museum, and moderated by Dr. Zahra Jamal of Rice University's Boniuk Institute of Religious Tolerance. The sanctuary exhibit contemplates our shared humanity in a space that explores the many dimensions of sanctuary through the work of contemporary artists.
Set against the backdrop of our Sanctuary exhibition, six acclaimed artists respond to the themes of identity, migration, and displacement. You’ll be treated to rare and intimate performances by Moe Clark, Cris Derksen, Maneli Jamal, Suba Sankaran, Trichy Sankaran, and Sashar Zarif!

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