Prem Katha: A Tale of Love is a story of the journey of the human soul which is longing to be one with the beloved. Often in our worldly life, we confuse the rites and rituals of our spiritual practices with the essence of search for the divine. To seek that eternal light, we need to look more into ourselves because it resides deep within our own very hearts, and we just need to embrace humility and love to appreciate and experience that truth.
More than 24 professional musicians were involved in the production of this poetic and musical masterpiece, from Canada, Dubai, Iran, India, Pakistan and the UK. The video was shot in Edmonton, Canada. This song was released as part of critically acclaimed album by Dr. Karim Gillani, Raah-e-Ishq: The Path of Love.
Rumi once asked: "when will you begin that long journey into yourself?". Let us start on that exciting journey today!
This week, The Ismaili presents “Mawla Tera Shukriya,” a song written to express gratitude for the blessings we enjoy everyday. The lyrics also feature a humble request for mushkil-asan during times of difficulty and hardship.
'Sound waves are the furthest extension of ourselves': Why Alysha Brilla aims to heal with music
For the Brampton folk musician, music (and food) is medicine
Unable to tour this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, Brampton musician Alysha Brilla turned her focus elsewhere: using food, herbs, and spices to heal the body, spending time in nature writing, and creating her latest album Circle. Set for release this fall, Circle is a collection of songs that speak to our connection to ourselves, each other, and the planet by way of biology and spirituality. The music and lyrics are influenced by Brilla's Indo-Tanzanian spirituality, her experiences with autoimmune challenges, and climate change.
Brilla also recently opened The Frequency Portal to provide an online learning and healing space for artistic souls. The project is a digital realm full of classes and workshops, as well as discussions about the science of creativity and self-expression, the physics of sound, and how all of these things relate to our wellness and humanity.
In this video, filmmakers Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos and Cláudio Cruz spend an afternoon in Alysha's world. We take a peek behind the scenes while she produces one of her singles "The Body" and cooks traditional food inspired by her heritage, which connects her to a lineage where food, music, and nature play a powerful role in the balance that modern culture can often disrupt.
Alysha Brilla playing guitar at home. (CBC Arts)
Beyond the beautiful harmonic vocals and contemporary beats Alysha weaves into her music, she also spends time studying the science of sound, investigating how sound waves impact our physical and neurological health.
"Sound waves are the furthest extension of ourselves that we can create," she says. "That's why it feels so good to sing. Sound waves travel further than the heat our bodies emit and the electromagnetic field of our hearts. That vibrational energy and the power of communication that extends the furthest is also one of the most immediately affecting of all phenomena."
As a visionary musical artist, Brilla's experimentation through her craft not only entertains but also encourages us to heal. As the world faces the many challenges it is up against — the climate crisis, global pandemics, political and social injustices — healing music plays a powerful role in supporting people to overcome and grow in the process of change and transition.
Muskan Jiwa sings and dances to "Vaagyo Re Dhol" a very popular Gujarati song from the movie Hellaro (2019). Saumya Joshi, an award-winning Indian poet and playwright, wrote the lyrics of the song.
"Hellaro" was the winner of the Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards. The story is based on a folklore, and is set in a remote village in Kutch, Gujarat. Women were confined within the four walls of their homes and the kitchen. Even the garba dance was only for men. The sole opportunity for women to leave the house was to go to a faraway pond to fetch water for the whole family, in an area that was suffering from drought for three years. And then, one day they meet a dholi (drummer) in the middle of the desert. From thereon, they began their routine of doing garba everyday. The women finally find freedom in the traditional garba dance.
Muskan Jiwa is 12 years old and is JollyGul.com "Rising Star" and was recently crowned the National Champion of Spelling Bee of Canada in the Junior category. Muskan gives us a wonderful singing and garba dance performance of this song in her colorful lehenga choli and tells us this story of defiance to oppression, and women daring to dream, in her own very self-assured manner.
This presentation is part of Imamat Day 2021 Celebrations on our platform
Zohra Ali presents "Woh Ishq Jo Humse Rooth Gaya" originally sung by the legendary ghazal queen Farida Khanum in 1973.
Farida Khanum lives in Lahore, Pakistan. Farida's training in classical singing started by learning Khayal, Thumri and Dadra from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan of Patiala gharana. As a child, her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her to Khan's place for regular riyaaz (practice of classical music). Farida Khanum has received many awards including the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan in 2005.
JollyGul.com presents Zohra Ali's rendition of "Woh Ishq Jo Humse Rooth Gaya" with lyrics and translations. We could not find ready English translations online, so it is done by JollyGul Urdu poetry translators. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only rendition online which has English translations displayed - as of the date of publication of this video.
JollyGul.com presents "Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage" by 12-year-old Inaaya Dhamani. The song is from a 2019 Hindi romantic action drama film "Kabir Singh".
Arijit Singh originally sang the song for the movie. Lyrics and composition were done by Mithoon. Godswill Mergulhao did the music production. "Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage" is a sentimental song about the phase of love and longing after falling apart.
Inaaya Dhamani is a JollyGul.com "Rising Star". She is very active on our music channel and we recently launched her pioneering exhibition of paintings and drawings on our new visual arts platform.
Join thousands of Ismaili Murids who will be watching this highly anticipated online virtual event today *Saturday July 24th, 20216pm PST | 7pm MST | 8pm CST | 9pm EST* *Suhana Safar Geeto Bhari Shaam* We bring you yet another powerful show featuring talented Ismaili artists and musicians from around the Globe performing timeless Geets composed by our Legendary Ismaili artists. A 2 hour show which is guaranteed to get you on the floor in your homes to play raas and celebrate as we commemorate Mawlana Hazar Imam's 64th Imamat Day Celebrations Suhana Safar- A Musical Journey Through Time Diamond Jubilee & Memorable Ismaili Celebrations Koffee With Jalal Watch it here at *www.suhanasafar.ca*
Aakhi Aalam Maa(n) Naam Taaru(n) Gaajtu(n) Re
Your Name Resounds Throughout The World
Memphis Ismaili Ensemble present classic devotional geet "Aakhi Aalam Maa(n) Naam Taaru(n) Gaajtu(n) Re" (Your Name Resounds Throughout The World) as part of Imamat Day 2021 celebrations.
This rendition of "Aakhi Aalam Maa(n)" made its debut on the recently premiered "Suhana Safar Imamat Day 2021 Special Edition" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x92ztKG-sao , a 2-hour must-watch concert full of beautiful devotional songs by our community members from around the world. We have provided you a link to the full concert in the description section below this geet video on our YouTube Channel.
The Aakhi Aalam Maa(n) geet was originally sung by Khursheed Nurali with music by Prince Aly Khan Orchestra. The lyrics are written by Hassanally G. Rammal (Suman). The song was originally recorded in 1968 and remains very popular to date - a true classic!
Our presentation of the "Memphis Ismaili Ensemble" wonderful group rendition is with concurrent display of lyrics and translations.
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Mitha Laagya Chhe Mane Aajna Ujaagra
In my sleepless nights of anticipation, I find immense joy
Zohra Ali presents a beautiful rendition of the melodious geet "Mitha Laagya Chhe Mane Aajna Ujaagra" originally sung by the legendary Khursheed Nurali with lyrics written by Hassanally G Rammal (Suman).
Zohra Ali is passionate about singing and gets her inspiration from devotional songs including Ismaili geets as well as from folk music. She plans to continue with her musical journey through virtual and live shows to keep the Jamat entertained and upbeat all the time as well as to develop her talent and name recognition. Zohra is totally commited to singing and says "I want to continue pursuing my passion, keep it alive and strong and keep giving until there is no more to offer". We all wish Zohra many more decades of happy singing with her beautiful voice that brings us immense happiness and tears of joy.
Samita Surmawala presents a beautiful rendition of "Morli Waage Chhe" in loving memory of her late grandfather Jafersadiq Surmawala who was also the orginal composer and singer of this wonderful devotional geet.
The Late Jafersadiq Surmawala had a lifelong commitment to learning, teaching and recitation of ginans as well as composition and singing of devotional geets.
Mr Surmawala was also a well-rounded artist who first sang the geet “Takht Nashini Shah Karim Ni” in 1957, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam during the Takht Nashini ceremony. He also composed and sung numerous geets over the years, including “Mera Saab Sohna”, “Dada Na Desh Ma(n)”, and many more.
Mr Surmawala's parting wish was for the generations to come to continue this beautiful devotional songs legacy. Samita is doing exactly that to make her beloved grandfather smile from the heavens!
This rendition of "Morli Waage Chhe" made its debut on the recently premiered "Suhana Safar Imamat Day 2021 Special Edition" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x92ztKG-sao , a 2-hour must-watch concert full of beautiful devotional songs by our community members from around the world. We have provided you a link to the full concert in the description section below this geet video on our YouTube Channel.
Aye Karim Shah Tere Bande Hum
Oh Karim Shah We Are Your Murids
Zul Vellani presents devotional geet "Aye Karim Shah Tere Bande Hum" which was produced for Imamat Day 2021 celebrations. We are releasing the song with lyrics and translations.
Zul Vellani is a seasoned musician and a well-known singer in Canada, and is part of Vellani Orchestra with his brother Alnoor, Karim and sister-in-law TJ. Zul sings various genres of songs such as geets, ghazals, Sufi and Bollywood. He has been performing for the Jamat worldwide for many years at Jamati programs and Khushiali celebrations.
"Aye Karim Shah Tere Bande Hum" made its debut on the recently premiered "Suhana Safar Imamat Day 2021 Special Edition" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x92ztKG-sao , a 2-hour must-watch concert full of beautiful devotional songs by our community members from around the world. We have provided you a link to the full concert in the description section below this geet video on our YouTube Channel.
"Afreen Afreen" - Instrumental Version (Cover) - Waqas Ali
Afreen Afreen" (Praise to her Creator! Praise to her Creator!) is a ghazal song written by Javed Akhtar and composed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It was later rendered by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with Momina Mustehsan, during Season 9 of Pakistani musical TV show Coke Studio. The music was directed by Faakhir Mehmood. As of August 2021, it had garnered 316 million views on YouTube and is one of the most popular Pakistani-origin videos online.
JollyGul.com presents an instrumental cover version of "Afreen Afreen" on a flute with guitar, tabla and keyboard accompaniment. Waqas Ali plays the flute, Khawar Hussain is on the keyboard, Lucky Ali plays the guitar and Hassan Raza keeps the rhythm with the tabla. Music and video production is done by Waqas Ali.
"Tame Avajo Avajo Pyara Karim Shah"
Our Beloved Karim Shah, Please Come To Us
Liam Jadavji gives us a modern rendition of "Tame Avajo Avajo Pyara Karim Shah", a very popular devotional geet originally sung by the legendary Khursheed Nurali with lyrics written by Hassanally Rammal (Suman).
Liam Jadavji resides in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario Canada and is a very promising young artist. From the age of 4, Liam has developed an early passion for the recitation of ginans, qasidas and devotional geets. Liam has a huge repertoire of Bollywood songs for his live and online shows through which he entertains the Jamat with his amazing vocal and music skills.
Liam is fond of many genres of music and plays the keyboard as well as the guitar. Liam has established a name for himself both locally and internationally having had the opportunity to perform in many music engagements including the National Jubilee Arts Festival during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. He has also been performing on live stage shows with a group of 300 artists for a number of years. You can find more of Liam's songs and music videos on his YouTube Channel "Liam Jay Music" - link to his channel at the bottom of this video.
Liam's rendition of "Tame Avajo Avajo Pyara Karim Shah" made its debut on the recently premiered "Suhana Safar Imamat Day 2021 Special Edition" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x92ztKG-sao , a 2-hour must-watch concert full of beautiful devotional songs by our community members from around the world. We have also provided you a link to the full concert in the description section below this geet video on our YouTube Channel.
Our presentation of the song is with concurrent display of lyrics and translations.
The MASHAL team present a wonderful mashup of 5 popular Sindhi language geets. These timeless pieces were produced during Mawlana Hazar Imam's Silver Jubilee with lyrics written and original music composition done by very well known individuals, details provided in the video as well as in the text description section under the video on our YouTube channel.
Amirali Meghani is in charge of music production in this presentation. Vocals are by Amirali Meghani, Munira Rajani, Salim Rajani and Mehak Rajani. Shan Rajani did the video production and co-directed the project with his uncle Amirali. Shan and Mehak Rajani are siblings; Munira and Salim are their parents. Amirali is Munira's brother.
There is also a very unique treat for us all in this video. Ashraf Bano Meghani, Munira's mom and maternal grandmother (nanimaa) to Shan and Mehak, makes a very special brief appearance in the video in support of her loving and caring family. Bravo!
JollyGul.com is presenting this heartwarming family production with lyrics and translations. MASHAL has now been performing together for one year. We look forward to many more cheerful and uplifting productions from them - always a hallmark of MASHAL.
Monika Ahmed sings and Nizar Noorallah NsN does his magic at the keyboard with a wonderful rendition of patriotic song "Ye Watan Tumhara Hai" for the 74th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan.
Mehdi Hassan first sang the song to the nation in 1962 which was written by Kaleem Usmani. It is a passionate plea to fellow citizens to be guardians of the country and to remind them that their beautiful country is what it is because of them and only they control its future destiny.
Mehdi Hassan (1927 – 2012) was one of the greatest and most influential figures in the history of ghazal singing. Known as "Shahenshah-e-Ghazal" (Emperor of Ghazal) with his "haunting" baritone voice, Mehdi Hassan is credited with bringing ghazal singing to a worldwide audience.
Nizar Noorallah - NsN and his team do some excellent work in the music production field in Pakistan and they also generously impart their skills to the future generation of artists through their music classes.
Monika Ahmed is a young vocalist from the Gigit area in Pakistan with an amazing potential and is part of the NsN Team. We look forward to hearing a lot more from her in the future.
JollyGul.com presents "Ye Watan Tumhara Hai"" with concurrent lyrics and translations display.
Fatimah Kassam gives us her rendition of "Aly Antar Maa(n) Maara", a very popular devotional geet originally sung by the legendary Khursheed Nurali with lyrics written by Hassanally Rammal (Suman).
Fatimah Kassam lives in British Columbia - Canada, has studied genetics, microbiology, radiation therapy / oncology and medical sciences at 3 different universities in Canada and works in this field. She has an absolute passion for music and for performing. Fatimah has been very generous with her time during the pandemic, helping keep the Jamat upbeat with her ebullient online presence on various programs.
Fatimah's rendition of "Aly Antar Maa(n) Maara" made its debut on the recently premiered "Suhana Safar Imamat Day 2021 Special Edition", a 2-hour must-watch concert full of beautiful devotional songs by our community members from around the world. We have also provided you a link to the full concert in the description section below this geet video on our YouTube Channel.
This week, The Ismaili presents a rendition of “Allah Hoo,” the famous qawwali popularised by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The genre of Muslim devotional music known as qawwali was founded in the 13th century. It fuses together the practice of lyrical repetition and remembrance, and combines Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Indic musical traditions.
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.
Muskan Jiwa's Virtual Art Exhibition
Muskan Jiwa's Virtual Art Exhibition is now launched at JollyGul Art & Craft Gallery, an online hub for emerging artists in the community.
A proud 12 year old Canadian born in Edmonton, Alberta, Muskan has also been singing ginans, qasidas, and geets ever since the tender age of 4. Muskan is a professional vocalist and pianist.
Muskan’s passions include music, piano, singing, poetry, and art. Her artwork was featured in the apARTtogether exhibition. She is also academically talented and gifted, being the champion of the Spelling Bee of Canada in 2019 and 2020.
Muskan is an artist who has been creating on traditional mediums but has been exploring the digital medium for the last two years. Most of her pieces focus on drawing characters, from semi-realism to anime. Muskan has been working to perfect herself in the area of complex realistic portraits.
Please visit Muskan's Virtual Art Exhibition by clicking on this link https://jollygulartgallery.com/muskan-jiwa/ . You have the option to view the art in a traditional website gallery view or taking a 3D walkthrough view.
Jamil Assani gives us a rendition of "Karam Mangta Hoon" with the harmonium. "Karam Mangta Hoon" is a very popular song by the late Amjad Sabri.
The song is a Dua - a prayer of invocation, supplication or request, asking help or assistance from God.
Amjad Farid Sabri (1970 – 2016) was a Pakistani qawwal, naat khawan and a proponent of the Sufi Muslim tradition. He was assasinated on June 22 2016, after finishing a morning TV show where his last naat included the words "When I shudder in my dark tomb, dear Prophet, look after me". Two motorcyclists opened fire on Sabri's car in Liaquatabad Town, Karachi. His assassination occurred near an underpass named after his father.
Shahid Akhtar Qalandar presents a beautiful and deeply touching Burushaski song "Ja Mama Ja Jeeye Daan" (My Mother, My Beloved) as a message from a young son in heaven who solaces his grieving mother here on earth.
A young boy in his mid-twenties passed away in Hunza (a true story) and his mother was having a very hard time dealing with her major loss. The mother asked Shahid if he can make a song in his memory that would also bring her some comfort. Shahid requested writer Kiramat Karim to write the lyrics. The result is this wonderful spiritual song.
Shahid also did the music composition and Waqas Ali was in charge of the music and video production, in addition to playing the flute.
This is a joint production by Shahid Akhtar Qalandar and JollyGul.com.
Artistic portraits and wood carvings by Khalil Najmi
BY ISMAILIMAIL POSTED ON OCTOBER 25, 2021
Khalil Najmi is a medallion portrait artist from Pakistan who carves high finishing portraits in Bas-relief; he recently painted a portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan. His hand carved portraits on wood serve as patterns for coins and medals.
As a young boy in the 1960s, Khalil used to draw in his sketch book regularly. His first attempt to sketch a portrait was inspired by the handsome photo of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan in Time Life magazine. Subsequently, in the 1980s, Khalil developed the skills to hand carve relief portraits on wood.
In 2010, he carved a portrait of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan; from this portrait, he produced a medallion on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan’s Imamat.
Portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan by Khalil Najmi
Medallion by Khalil Najmi
In July 2020, he carved a portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan on wood based on the official photo taken during the Diamond Jubilee of his Imamat, and also painted a portrait. He aspires to present this portrait to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera
Your colour is like that of silver
Amin Mawani sings the very popular ghazal by Pankaj Udhas "Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera".
Pankaj Udhas is a famous Indian ghazal and playback singer. He was born in 1951 in Gujarat and started his career with a release of a ghazal album titled Aahat in 1980 and subsequently recorded many superhits. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award. Pankaj has a unique talent for wonderfully conveying the lyrical and musical essence of the ghazals with profound poetic sensibilities.
JollyGul.com is presenting this cover song at a Virtual Concert Hall we have created at the JollyGul Art & Craft Gallery. This is the first time we are using this method of presentation. We are developing this format to enable us harness technology to the fullest including potential immersion into virtual reality for our audience in the future.
"Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat Mere Mehboob Na Maang"
Beloved, don’t ask me to love you as I loved you before
Zohra Ali sings Noor Jehan's popular song "Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat" written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language in Pakistan.
Noor Jehan (1926-2000) also known by her honorific title Malika-e-Tarannum (the queen of melody), was a Pakistani playback singer and actress who worked first in British India and then in the cinema of Pakistan. Her career spanned more than six decades (the 1930s–1990s). She is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time especially in South Asia.
Zohra Ali is passionate about singing and gets her inspiration from devotional songs including Ismaili geets as well as from folk music. She plans to continue with her musical journey through virtual and live shows to keep the Jamat entertained all the time.
University of Alberta Madrigal Singers
Timothy Shantz, director
Erik Visser, video and editing
Janita Fransi, choreographer
Text Sources & Translations
Gujarati folk song
Taaliyo na taale, gori garbe ghoomi gayre
Punam ni raat chhe
Oh, where is my love? (Adapted from Song of Solomon 3:3)
Awwal, Akhir, Zahir, Batin (Quran 57:3)
I seek, I call (Translated from Persian Qasida Bi Ruz-u Shab)
Oh when begin you to swell so high that I may drown me in you? (John Bennet)
Indic Ismaili devotional poem
Chaalo saaheli var jova jaiye, so peeya mene paaya Sharan tamare
Note from the composer, Hussein Janmohamed:
This is a programmatic musical piece based on a tragic event in my mom's family history. In 1950, a bus carrying my mom's family (the Verjee family) returning home from her brother's wedding plunged off Likoni Ferry into the waters of Kilindini Harbour in Mombasa, Kenya. 15 family members and 3 labourers drowned. Eighteen survived, including 11 who escaped from the water plus seven others that had disembarked moments earlier at the ferry terminal's jetty.
The Gujarati garba song near the opening of the piece was being sung on the bus before it plunged.
What started out as a joyous wedding celebration turned into a great tragedy. To find peace and healing I reimagined the wedding as a spiritual wedding, all souls returning home to their maker.
The contemplative section expresses the longing of the soul to return to the divine Beloved through layers of interfaith texts.
This commemorative piece tells a story of intergenerational communal healing, faith and hope from great sudden loss and mass tragedy.
To coincide with the Jamat’s Salgirah celebrations, The Ismaili 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.
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ISMAILI ART: The historical figures of Hazrat Ali ancestor of the Aga Khan, Bibi Fatima and their children Hazrat Hassan and Imam Hussein are ingrained in Muslim and Shia history. An artist named Nargis Mawjee has beautifully represented the family. Do you see the Light in background, do you see Bibi Fatima al-Zahra in her holy aspect, as a mother, as a wife? how do you interpret these images? Let us know.
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Mohamed (Mac) Virjee presents us with his elegant rendition of Jagjit Singh's popular ghazal "Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho"
The song featured in 1982 Indian drama film "Arth" directed by Mahesh Bhatt.
Jagjit Singh (1941 – 2011), popularly known as "King of Ghazals", was an Indian composer, singer and musician. He composed and sang in numerous languages and is credited for the revival and popularity of ghazal, an Indian classical art form, by choosing poetry that was relevant to the masses and composing them in a way that laid more emphasis on the meaning of words and melody evoked by them. Singh is considered to be the most successful ghazal singer and composer of all time in terms of critical acclaim and commercial success. With a career spanning five decades and many albums, the range and breadth of his work has been regarded as genre-defining.
FRI Dec 31 • 10:30pm Local Time • Live Stream
New Year's Eve Music Party
Alright, so 2021 wasn't any better. Yet more awkward greetings, not recognizing your friends with masks on, and doing practically everything on Zoom.
This New Year's eve, let's celebrate the end of one year and sprint into the next with optimism and hope, as we bounce and sway over an evening of soulful sounds presented by Suhana Safar.
Featuring performances by a star-studded cast of talented Ismaili artists from around the world including Fitoor, Karim Gillani, Shabnam Merali, Hamid Zafar, the Memphis Ismaili Ensemble, Alnoor Haji, Fatimah Kassam, Shafique and Aabid Fazal, Naila Keshavjee, Zohaib Valani, Liam Jadavji and Samita Sadiq, Bashir Somani, Naaz & San Sahota, Zul Vellani, the Pakistani Ismaili Musical Ensemble, the Sur Sangheet Orchestra, Zak Ki Awaz, and many more.
And don't miss a special coast-to-coast midnight countdown with host Zahra Premji as we ring in the New Year as #OneJamat.
Grab your tiaras, party favours, and let's dance #TogetherAtHome. Tune in to iicanada.live at 10:30 pm local time.
*This event is designated BYOD (Bring Your Own Dhokra).
"Now I know that in some parts of the world, the words “Muslim” and “music” are not often linked together in the public mind. But they should be. The cultural heritage of Islam has long embraced musical language as an elemental expression of human spirituality. Listening to music, practicing music, sharing music, performing music - have long been an intimate part of life for Muslim communities across the world, as has been the chanting of devotional and historical or epic texts."
Mawlana Hazar Imam, Lisbon, Portugal, March 31, 2019
JollyGul.com is pleased to release a Special Edition "Afreen Afreen" cover song video for ushering in the New Year and to celebrate love that endures through time and extends across continents. The song is a tribute to the Late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Javed Akhtar for their gift to us all of this immortal and evergreen song.
Dr Karim Gillani has produced this unique rendition and is also one of the singers along with the talented Fatima Manji. The beautiful music track is acoustically arranged and recorded by Waqas Ali. The video is directed by Sid John (Hunza, Pakistan), Sibtain Mushtaq Films (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Karim Poonja and AliZain Mevawala (Alberta, Canada).
This 7-minute wonderful production has taken several months to plan and execute. What makes this presentation even more special is that the story of enduring love is told through the cast Nahida Parveen, Karim Sheikh (young couple) as well as Rukhsana Majeed and Mohammed Majeed (elderly couple) who are also living through their own stories of love in real life.
Let us not spoil your enjoyment by revealing more and allow you feel and enjoy this song in your own very special way!
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