Planning for the Ismaili Centre program began almost exactly two years ago following a performance of a shortened version of Constantinople at the University of Toronto convocation at Trinity College that conferred an honorary degree on the Aga Khan, the force behind the building of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the nearby Aga Khan Museum. By Peter Goddard for Toronto Star – November 26 2015: … Continue reading Music bridges cultures in Constantinople – at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto
Exhibition highlights celebrated Iranian director’s approach to living and working under censorship. “My feet may be in Iran,” he says, “but my head is elsewhere.” By Murray Whyte for Toronto Star, November 26 2015: Abbas Kiarostami may be Iran’s most-loved filmmaker in the big world out there, but his new exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum here puts the difficult fact of his living circumstance … Continue reading Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s doors explore censorship | Toronto Star
Show me the Way is a prayer to find strength, to change our ways for the better and to lead by example. This composition was inspired by a Lab Pe Aati hai Dua – a prayer very commonly recited in the schools of sub-continent authored by Poet Allama Iqbal. This modern day prayer promotes the message of keeping faith and never giving up hope for … Continue reading Show Me The Way by Kamal Haji and Team
The Deloitte League Of Rock is a 12 week recreational music league which enables employees of Deloitte to band together to make some amazing music for an amazing cause – The United Way. Lea Zhu, Band Manager – Benjamin Thomas, Drums – David Tang, Bass – Jithin Abraham, Guitar, Backing Vocal – Zohair Masood, Guitar – Salima Ladhani, Lead Vocals – Priyanka Bhattacharjee, Backing Vocal … Continue reading Lead Vocalist Salima Ladhani: The Spicy Mustard Experience | Deloitte League Of Rock
By Philip Kennicott – Excerpt: The Walters’s exceptional collection of Islamic art is supplemented with major pieces borrowed from the Victoria and Albert, the British Library, the Aga Khan Museum (newly opened in Toronto), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery and Smithsonian, and others. As viewers are introduced to major literary projects, such as Abu’l Fazl’s hagiographic chronicle of Akbar’s life, the “Akbarnama,” … Continue reading Art review: ‘Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts’ | The Washington Post
NOV 04, 2015: Even though Coke Studio signed off last month, many would still remember drummer Aahad Nayani whose curls were an object of fascination as he hammered away at his instrument. Aahad, who has garnered much acclaim ever since he was spotted by Strings, now joins the big guns at events like panel discussions on the future of music in Pakistan. Performing internationally in … Continue reading 5 questions with Aahad Nayani, drummer Coke Studio, Pakistan
Scarborough Mirror – By Ali Raza: Scarborough-raised spoken word artist, Sheniz Janmohamed, uses her poetry to rage against injustice and also bring together unique artists in collaborative performances. In a series of performances underway at the Aga Khan Museum as part of the 2015 Performing Arts Series, Janmohamed is a feature performer along with several other poets, musicians and artists. More at the Source: Scarborough-raised … Continue reading Scarborough-raised spoken word artist Sheniz Janmohamed focuses her work on identity
Drummer Alishan Lakhani, whom Ismailimail has featured previously, collaborated and performed with Canadian based musicians/band JoSh in Karachi, at an event organized by Pepsi Unplugged show. Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/alishandrums Profile: https://www.facebook.com/alishan.lakhani Continue reading Alishan Lakhani: On Acoustic Drums for Pepsi Unplugged
Posted: October 10, 2015 by moifightclub in Making, music, songs & videos I started stopping everyone I know (and didn’t know) to make them listen to Coke Studio Pakistan about six years ago. One of the many things that stands out is the excellent house-band that the studio has. This post is just a small thank you from someone who admires Coke Studio Pakistan’s magicians. … Continue reading Aahad Nayani – Magicians of Coke Studio (Pakistan)
Sheniz Janmohamed and Special Guests bring their poetic talents and unstoppable energy to the Museum — and invite local talent to share the stage. The Aga Khan Museum is hosting one of its Spoken Word Series events on Thursday, Oct. 8. The event features series regular Sheniz Janmohamed along with special guest Robert Priest. Priest is the author of 14 poetry books, three plays, two … Continue reading Spoken Word Series Performances with Sheniz Janmohamed at the Aga Khan Museum Toronto
Music by the world’s most important and influential composers combines with brilliant Canadian compositions in Esprit Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Subscription Concert Series conducted by Alex Pauk. World Premieres of new Canadian compositions feature prominently along with exceptional guest artists including The Elmer Iseler Singers, hot young cellist Bryan Cheng and Esprit’s principal trumpet player, Robert Venables. All concerts, starting at 8:00 pm at Koerner Hall, are … Continue reading Who’s Who: World’s Top Composers Featured in Esprit Orchestra 2015-16 Season
Following the announcement last year that the Keir Collection would arrive at the DMA on a long-term loan, the Museum opened in May 2014 a focused exhibition of one of the collection’s most notable works: a rock crystal ewer from Egypt’s Fatimid Caliphate (969–1171), one of only seven of its kind in existence. The ewer will remain on view at the DMA as part of the new exhibition.
Texas has the fifth largest Muslim population in the United States, and until now Dallas has been the only one of the four largest metropolitan areas in the nation lacking a significant public display of the art of the Islamic world. None of the projects of DMX, including the Keir loan, involve fees, but instead are intended to foster scholarship, relationship-building and lifelong learning.
Dallas Museum of Art to Present First North American Exhibition of One of the World’s Leading Islamic Art Collections
Spirit and Matter Exhibition Will Include More Than 50 Masterworks from Rarely Exhibited Keir Collection
Dallas, TX—September 17, 2015— This fall, the Dallas Museum of Art will mount Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, the first North American exhibition from one of the world’s most significant and rarely exhibited private collections of Islamic art. Opening on September 18, this unprecedented exhibition will showcase more than 50 of the most historically important masterworks from the Keir Collection, which is arriving in Dallas this year on a 15-year loan to the DMA.
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2015 GALA will be hosted at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto on Friday October 9th. Reception at 5pm will be followed by the screening of IIFFT’s Opening Night Film “BEEBA BOYS” by Deepa Mehta who will be among the special guests of the evening. If you’re an invited guest and wish to RSVP, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org The 2015 International Indian Film Festival festival includes: … Continue reading International Indian Film Festival Toronto Gala will be hosted at the Aga Khan Museum
September 2, 2015: Musician Zoheb Veljee launches “Collab Shollab” – projects, compositions, and journeys he has shared with musicians-artists-friends. The first upload is a German song. A Berlin-Karachi collaboration with Zoheb’s friend and singer-songwriter, Maria Jacobi, to whom this song came on a solo walk from Borith Lake to Passu (Upper Hunza, Gojal, Pakistan). The title “Kleiner Vagabund” means Little Vagabond – a song about … Continue reading New Music by Zoheb Veljee
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) profiles celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together master musicians from around the world to teach, collaborate, and perform. What is the role of music? That question is at the heart of the Silk Road Ensemble, a group of master musicians from around the world brought together by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma … Continue reading Toronto International Film Festival | The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Toronto, ON (Sept. 11, 2015) – Opera Atelier and the Aga Khan Museum are proud to partner in presenting an intimate exhibition of elements from Opera Atelier’s internationally lauded production of Armide. Running from September 8 to 27, the exhibit showcases the stunning designs of Canadian artist Gerard Gauci, including set designs and models based on Persian miniatures and the title character’s costume. “We are … Continue reading Opera Atelier at the Aga Khan Museum: Highlights from Armide
Actor Aly Mawji of popular HBO series Silicon Valley, talks with India West. “I realized that they also struggled with this thing that they’re ethnically Indian and culturally,” Mawji told India-West, “but they’re also culturally East African and Ismaili,” a branch of Shia Islam. […] He said now he feels more connected to the Indian and Ismaili communities. SAN LEANDRO, Calif. The “Silicon Valley” actor … Continue reading Actor Aly Mawji of TV Show Silicon Valley
An excellent opportunity for children aged 10 – 15 to learn arts and music from the experts.
Explore the serene sound of Indian sitar! Discover fascinating rhythms of Arabic drums! Experience the mesmerizing sound of Persian Santur! Learn the exquisite art of calligraphy! You can study all under one roof. Do not miss this unique opportunity to join Music and Art in the Muslim World summer camp at the University of Alberta. The camp will include numerous activities such as games, building and creating hand-made instruments, calligraphy, painting, drama, and music performance. Accomplished musicians, painters and artists will deliver presentations and enlighten students with their rich experiences and contributions. The camp aims to provide children with an opportunity to explore and discover music and art of the Muslim world under the guidance of qualified and trained instructors from the University of Alberta’s Department of Music. Continue reading “University of Alberta, in partnership with Ismaili Council for Canada and Dr Karim Gillani, organizes a Summer Camp on Music & Art in the Muslim World”
Karim Gillani will be on the show with Jalal Ladak and team on Tuesday April 14 from 9 pm MST. Continue reading “Salaam Namaste Calgary Radio Show to Feature Musician Karim Gillani”