Ismailimail is proud to feature Samandar Pulodov, an Ismaili singer especially popular with the youth of the Tajik Isma’ili community and producing some of the most compelling performances. His songs fuse spirituality, traditions and nature. Samandar is affectionately called ‘The Pamiri Sami Yusuf’.
The Tajik-Pamiri jama’at of Badakshan was blessed with deedar of Mawlana Hazar Imam when he visited that region for the first time in May 1995. May 24th-25th, are forever etched in the hearts of the Pamiri jamat as days of barakah, with May 25 being celebrated annually as the Day of Nur, a very blessed day for the Badakhshani jama’at.
Ahead of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 78th birthday, the song below is presented in a double commemoration of that blessed Day of Nur (May 25) and our Imam’s birthday. The translation of the first four lines is also provided for the convenience of our readers.
In a blessed dream when the news for deedar come to you. That the poisoned world will change to sweet. They (people) are worshiping and bowing their heads towards the earth. If He – The only Light of God [on earth] begins his journey.
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The Canadian Jamat’s Arts & Culture portfolio is delighted to announce a Winter Concert, “With One Voice“, featuring the Vancouver Ismaili Children’s Choir and the Vancouver Ismaili Muslim Adult Vocal Ensemble, among other community choirs in Vancouver.
This concert features features two Ismaili choirs conducted by St. Clement’s music director Lynley Lewis, as well as local church choirs.
Organizers promise a great inter-faith event, with prayers and chants for peace.
EVENT: Winter Concert – With One Voice DATE: Saturday, December 6th, 2014 TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PST VENUE: St. Clement’s Anglican Church 3400 Institute Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tickets are available for advanced purchase from choir members. Tickets will also be sold at the door. All tickets include refreshments.
EDMONTON – At a time when fanatical elements have skewed popular perceptions of their faith, three singers from Alberta’s Pakistani community are trying to air the message of peace that’s inherent in Islam.
Calgary’s Barkat Ali, and Edmonton’s Karim Gillani and Athar Shahzad share a triple bill of both traditional and original songs in five languages Saturday at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre with a range of expert backing musicians and singers.
“There’s an unfortunate perception in the western world that Islam is the religion of terrorists,” notes Ali, “but that’s not right. Terrorism is part of politics, not Islam. We want to educate people in the true message of Islam.”
Salim is a talented photographer and loves capturing all the facets of life through the lense of the camera. A passionate artist he loves to capture the brilliance of colour, light and shadows – a profound reflection of what he calls beauty.
Collaboration was the reigning principle Sunday afternoon at an a cappella joint meeting of VivaVoce and the visiting Elmer Iseler Singers under their respective music directors, Peter Schubert and Lydia Adams. All 31 voices blended magnificently in Mendelssohn’s Sechs Sprüche, Op. 79, Biblically inspired motets in moods ranging from joyous to solemn. What a sound!
Of course, sonority is not enough, or so I am supposed to say. But it was all I needed to enjoy the 19-strong Elmer Iseler Singers in a routine Alleluia by Eric Whitacre, and Reflections on Light, an evocative exercise in long-tone minimalism by Hussein Janmohamed. Voices in the latter were assembled around Redpath Hall, a circumstance that surely increased the difficulty. No flaws could be heard.
Raheel Lakhani is an Educational Designer in the Blended and Digital Learning Network at Aga Khan University. He provides services for course design, which includes providing faculty development facilitation and pedagogic input to faculty members in collaborative (re-)designing and offering of the blended learning courses. He is a recipient of High Honors in Master of Education from The Aga Khan University. Currently, he is participating as a digital innovator in an academic scholarship program ‘Social Innovation in Digital Context’ at Lund University funded by Swedish Institute, where he is exploring the development of a storytelling approach for promotion of freedom of expression and self-esteem in Pakistani context. He is also a self-taught photographer, published in two coffee-table books and participated in few local and international competitions/exhibitions. His interests include eLearning pedagogy, learner’s autonomy, visual/textual narratives and digital collaborations.
Recently, I was wondering around the Calgary Home + Design Show, browsing booths of the latest trends and gadgets for the home, treating myself to some dairy-free gelato from the Fiasco Gelato food truck (so delicious) and hoping to catch a glimpse of HGTV host Bryan Baeumler as I have a weakness for do-it-yourself (DIY) and renovation shows. Sadly, I didn’t see Bryan Baeumler but in mid-spoonful of gelato, I spotted local design celebrity Tasleem Jessani, Lead Designer at Mango Tango Interiors.
Tasleem was tapped by the Calgary Home + Design Show planners to be the lead designer on the lounge space by the main stage at the show and gave attendees design advice in the “Ask a Designer” series.
Of course, I made it a point to go and check out the lounge space. Having never seen Tasleem’s work first hand before, I was blown away with her attention to detail.
The Burnaby Arts Council is celebrating diversity.
The arts council’s Deer Lake Gallery is hosting Discovery: a slice of diversity, running until Nov. 29.
The exhibition, curated by Taslim Samji, includes the work of six professional and emerging female Ismaili Muslim artists who migrated to Canada from their birthplace of East Africa, with cultural roots from India and surrounding countries.
An opening reception was held Saturday, Nov. 8, and NOW photographer Jennifer Gauthier stopped by to check it out.
Mayor of Sugar Land, James Thompson awarded Salim and Sulaiman Certificate of Recognition for their many achievements and their support of charities and good causes. During the Salim-Sulaiman Live performance on November 16th in Houston, Sugar Land Councilman Harish Jajoo presented the proclamation from City of Sugar Land to the music duo. The brothers are set to perform in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this evening. This … Continue reading Sugar Land Mayor honors Salim and Sulaiman with a Certificate of Recognition
Looking forward to perform along with amazing musicians from Calgary and Edmonton on Saturday Nov, 29th, at Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton Titled “Mehfil-e-Mousiqi: An Evening of Sufi music and Ghazal” featuring accomplished artists include Barkat Ali and Athar Shahzad. Accompanied by extremely talented team of musicians such as Altaz I (Keyboard),Deepak Paramashivan (Sarangi), Ojas Joshi (Tabla),Farhad Khosravi (Santoor), Jessica Marie Rogers(Flute), Kevin Johnson (Tombak), Etelka … Continue reading Event – November 29: Royal Alberta Museum | Mehfil-e-Mousiqi with Karim Gillani, Barkat Ali
Sugar Land Councilman Harish Jajoo presented the proclamation from City of Sugar land to the music duo Salim-Sulaiman. The organizers thanked the brothers and everyone for their support for the noble cause. By Vanshika Vipin HOUSTON: On Sunday, November 16, Houstonians welcomed the musician brothers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant at the Arena Theatre. The show was organized and presented by Aziz Dharani, The Merchant Insurance … Continue reading Salim & Sulaiman Sing for Charity | Indo American News
Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker proclaimed November 16th as the Salim and Sulaiman Merchant Day in recognition of Salim and Sulaiman’s many achievements and their support of charities both locally and globally. November 16th was the day of the dynamic duo’s performance in Houston. The brothers are set to perform in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend. This accolade adds to the recognition the duo received … Continue reading Houston Proclaims Salim and Sulaiman Merchant Day
Salim Merchant: @salim_merchant Recorded a song for our next film 'UN-INDIAN' @rajpandit17 @SamiraNoorali @jstarzmusic @djscoop @kamalhaji — salim merchant (@salim_merchant) November 19, 2014 Samira Noorali: @SamiraNoorali So much fun recording with @jstarzmusic @djscoop @salim_merchant and my big bro @kamalhaji pic.twitter.com/pZQnDAmklC — Samira (@SamiraNoorali) November 19, 2014 Kamal Haji: @kamalhaji Awesome session with some amazing talent and good souls @jstarzmusic hajik123 @samiranoorali… http://t.co/sipF9dI7oO — Kamal Haji … Continue reading Salim-Sulaiman record music for their next film with Ismaili talent from Houston