Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 7:41 am Post subject: ISMAILI TV
The Ismaili TV now available on demand
Since launching three weeks ago, The Ismaili TV — an online streaming platform offering 24-hour programming curated for the global Jamat — has been viewed over 800 thousand times. If you missed anything, a selection of programmes are now available to enjoy on demand.
The Ismaili TV has offered a virtual stage for the global Jamat to come together to learn, be entertained, reflect, share moments and experiences with each other, and hopefully remind us all that while we may be physically isolated, we are not alone.
In addition to the outpouring of support shown for The Ismaili TV, there has also been popular demand for a way to access content that has already been aired for those who have missed or would like to rewatch a programme.
Therefore, we are very happy to announce that The Ismaili TV is now available on demand at the.ismaili/tv/on-demand. Select programmes including health, fitness, and wellness sessions, children’s activities, webinars, recipes, tutorials, performances, lectures, and feature films from The Ismaili archives, will be available within days of airing.
To watch The Ismaili TV live, visit the.ismaili/tv. A TV guide with upcoming programming in your timezone will appear on The Ismaili TV page, below the video window. You will need an Internet connection to enjoy The Ismaili TV, live and on demand.
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The Ismaili TV exclusive: Salim-Sulaiman to present virtual concert in support of Global Pandemic Relief Fund
Join us on Sunday 17 May on The Ismaili TV for a special musical event featuring internationally-renowned recording artistes, Salim-Sulaiman.
This exclusive, virtual concert will feature performances from their homes by Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, who are physically distancing themselves along with the rest of us. The concert will also shine a light on the work being done by the Imamat intitutions.
Across the globe, Jamati and AKDN institutions are at the forefront of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, providing urgent humanitarian assistance, slowing the virus’s spread, caring for the infected, and addressing the broader consequences of the current crisis. Jamati institutions and AKDN agencies have joined hands in all parts of the world, to support the Jamat and other members of society, particularly those most vulnerable.
Many generous benefactors have come forward seeking ways to make a contribution towards the wide-ranging work in hand to address the severe effects of the crisis. The Global Pandemic Relief Fund, established in response to this outpouring of generosity, provides a single portal for those wishing to support this critical work.
This response, involving endeavours in multiple areas, is expanding exponentially, and includes providing emergency food aid, basic medicines, and shelter to vulnerable groups; supporting a multitude of public health measures to “flatten the curve;” and providing high-quality medical care to those infected. It brings together the expertise and experience of a multiplicity of organisations and agencies in a coordinated way, serving members of the Jamat as well as the wider society.
Donations to the Global Pandemic Relief Fund can make a difference in many ways around the world. The following are some examples of the response efforts by AKDN and Jamati institutions on the ground to date:
In collaboration with various international agencies, the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), the Aga Khan University (AKU), the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) have been treating Covid patients, testing suspected cases, and advising national authorities on their responses and preparedness. Priority is placed on bolstering government diagnostic and care capacities, and securing much needed supplies and test kits.
Jamati institutions in all countries, supported by a huge volunteer effort have rallied to move their programming into the digital space, offering webinars, health and fitness sessions, tutorials, and lectures through online platforms, in order to serve the physical and mental wellbeing needs of the Jamat and even beyond.
In Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) is working with government and private sector partners to engage local sewing factories and tailors in producing protective equipment for frontline health workers.
In Pakistan, “CoronaCheck,” a new mobile application that allows users to conduct self-assessments at home while raising awareness of measures to prevent Covid-19, was launched by the AKU Hospital, and is available on the Google Play Story for anyone to download and use.
In Mozambique, AKF is working to ensure that civil society groups and their communities have access to essential and timely public health guidance to slow the spread of the virus across the country and surrounding regions.
In the Kyrgyz Republic, the University of Central Asia has distributed food and medical supplies to hundreds of families in need. The care packages included masks, hand sanitiser, antibacterial soap, flour, pasta, and cooking oil.
In Canada, the Aga Khan Museum has rolled out its #MuseumWithoutWalls programme, which allows virtual visitors to experience the best of what the Museum in Toronto has to offer - without having to leave home. This includes artifacts from the Museum Collection; live performances as well as recorded gems from the archives; downloadable hands-on learning activities for children; and live webinars and virtual gallery tours.
Join us at the.ismaili/tv on Sunday 17 May at 4 PM UTC for this exclusive, virtual concert to enjoy the musical offerings of Salim-Sulaiman and to support the Global Pandemic Relief Fund as One Jamat, together at home.
The Ismaili TV to host Shukrana Concert in celebration of Eid
The Ismaili is pleased to present a second concert in as many weeks, to coincide with the observance of Eid-ul Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. The celebration of music will feature talented Ismaili performers from around the world for two days of music on 24 and 25 May.
As we all remain physically distant from each other, the upcoming festival of Eid ul-Fitr will be different to the usual: we won’t have large family gatherings, there won’t be any hugs with neighbours, or hearty meals with friends.
However, this Eid will remain an occasion for celebration, aided by the Shukrana Concert, a special two-day musical event brought to you by The Ismaili. There will be something for everyone - with contributions from Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.
Drawing on influences from the diverse traditions and heritage of the Ismaili community, talented solo artists and groups from more than 20 countries across the global Jamat will entertain, inspire thought, and share their stories via music.
The concert is centred on the theme of shukrana. The root word shukr denotes thankfulness and gratitude in a number of languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and Hindi. This Eid, we give thanks for all we have blessed with, and express our gratitude and appreciation to the healthcare professionals and volunteers serving the Jamat and wider society everyday.
Despite the current circumstances, The Ismaili welcomes you to this online celebration of Eid, when we will join on 24 and 25 May to give thanks and celebrate as One Jamat, together at home.
Ismaili music artists prepare to entertain and inspire in the Shukrana Concert
Over 70 talented acts from across the global Jamat have been preparing to take part in a unique virtual event to celebrate Eid, entitled the Shukrana Concert, to be screened exclusively on The Ismaili TV. The non-stop musical extravaganza will feature over 20 hours of original content, spread across three days, beginning on Sunday 24 May at 2 AM EDT / 7 AM BST / 9 AM EAT / 11 AM TJT.
Although Eid ul-Fitr will be different this year, it will remain an occasion for celebration, gratitude, and coming together, virtually. In this spirit, The Ismaili TV is pleased to host the Shukrana Concert, a multi-day musical extravaganza featuring Ismaili music artists from across the world.
Earlier this month, The Ismaili team invited submissions to participate in the event, which attracted an overwhelming response from solo artists and groups, including some of the very best talent within the worldwide Jamat. Most of the content has been exclusively recorded from the artists’ homes, and draws on the diverse influences and traditions of the worldwide Ismaili community.
“When the opportunity to take part in the concert arose, our initial thought was ‘how are we going to do this - to create something virtually?’” said Fahreen Virani of the Ismaili Community Ensemble (ICE) in the UK. “We are really pleased with the outcome, and extremely excited to be performing with ICE on this platform, alongside fellow Ismaili artists, and what better way to celebrate Eid at home!”
The Shukrana Concert will play host to recognisable solo artists and singers from the Jamat including Taufiq Karmali, Farah Mitha, Farhan Shah, Saba Rawjani, Chorshanbe Alovatov, and Shaheena Karim. Groups such as the Sufistics (USA), the Pamoja Ensemble (Kenya), Khayal (UK), and the Shams Band (Tajikistan) will also feature across the three days.
Irfan Sheen, from Gilgit-Baltistan, now residing the USA, will perform along with his band, Fitoor, and said, “We are thrilled to be performing in front of the global Jamat. The concert is a great initiative to support emerging Ismaili artists, and bring the community together during these trying times, and also a perfect opportunity to give thanks on the occasion of Eid.”
The concert is centred on the theme of shukrana. The root word shukr denotes thankfulness and gratitude in a number of languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and Hindi. This Eid, we express our special appreciation to the healthcare professionals and volunteers serving the Jamat and wider society everyday.
The Ismaili welcomes you to this online celebration of Eid, when we will join on 24, 25, and 26 May to give thanks and celebrate as One Jamat, together at home.
Close to Home film series continues on World Environment Day
A second film in the Close to Home series will be released on World Environment Day, Friday 5 June.
The film, entitled Al-Khimyah, was written and directed by Prince Aly Muhammad and explores the work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in Cairo, Egypt.
During a visit to Cairo last year, Prince Aly Muhammad met the Aga Khan Trust for Culture team in Egypt and local residents of the Darb al-Ahmar neighbourhood in Cairo, to learn about AKTC’s efforts in the area, most notably, the creation of the 30-hectare Al-Azhar Park, which was opened in 2005.
With a population of 17 million at the time, Cairo had one of the lowest ratios of green space to urban population in the world — an area the size of a footprint per inhabitant, according to one estimate. Al-Azhar Park, therefore, has since provided much-needed leisure and recreational space, and is today often referred to as “Cairo’s green lung.”
Located in the heart of historic Cairo, the USD $30 million project, which spanned 20 years in its design and creation, was conceived as a catalyst for social and economic development, and has become a case study for creative solutions to a spectrum of challenges facing historic cities, including ecological rehabilitation.
By the 1990s, the site had become a large rubbish dump, which the AKTC began to gradually remove and clean in collaboration with the Egyptian Government and local community. Landscape architects were hired to design the layout, which features walkways, fountains, lawns, and gardens overlooking a lake in the traditional chahar bagh style. The park features over 300 different plant species, many native to Egypt, grown in a special nursery, and an orchard provides shade from the sun.
The project included the excavation and extensive restoration of the 12th century Ayyubid Wall and the rehabilitation of important monuments and landmark buildings in the historic city. It also encompassed an extensive social development programme, including apprenticeship arrangements, housing rehabilitation, micro-credit, and health care facilities.
Prince Aly Muhammad’s visit to North Africa was especially significant, due to the region’s great historical importance to the Ismaili Imamat. In the tenth century CE, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ancestor, the fourth Fatimid Imam-caliph al-Mu‘izz, founded the city of al-Qahirah (the victorious) — the name from which Cairo is derived.
The film is an account of a city whose foundations were laid over a thousand years ago, which has seen a 500-year-old rubbish dump rebuilt into a lush green oasis, and a poor inner-city district transformed into a thriving community.
Close to Home: Al-Khimya will be screened on The Ismaili TV on Friday 5 June at 5:00 PM (BST).
An ensemble of actors discover a world of books and share the rich history and intellectual tradition of Ismailism in a lively, fast paced theatre production. Ali to Karim was an international programme to commemorate Mawlana Hazar Imam's Golden Jubilee. A video of the stage production which toured seven cities across the USA in 2008, has been serialised into Five Acts which will be broadcast on The Ismaili TV daily for five days beginning on 5 July.
Three-day programme to air on The Ismaili TV in celebration of Imamat Day
The Ismaili TV is pleased to present an Imamat Day programme featuring a variety of content that is sure to entertain and inspire the Jamat over the course of three days.
While our celebration this year may not be what we are accustomed to, The Ismaili TV invites the Jamat to come together to mark the occasion, show gratitude to the Imam, and share the occasion of Imamat Day together as One Jamat.
The programme will begin on Friday 10 July with An Evening of Devotional Expressions including poetry, stories, and songs in different languages, which celebrate our love for the Imam-of-the-Time, and illustrate the diversity of art and culture in our Tariqah and beyond.
On Saturday 11 July, The Ismaili TV will present a variety of programming in three parts to be shown throughout the day. Part One will include a rendition of the Nashid al-Imamah, a message from the National Council Presidents, programming for children, and memories from the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon. A new film about the Shia interpretation of Imamat and the history of the Ismaili Imams entitled A Guiding Light will also be presented.
Part Two of Saturday’s schedule will present highlights from the Designation of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat ceremony held in Lisbon on 11 July 2018. It will also feature an Imamat Day quiz, where viewers can participate in real time by downloading The Ismaili App, now available on the Apple Store and Google Play. The quiz will be available on The Ismaili TV page of the app. This will be followed by the global launch of the Ismaili eFootball Cup, which is an initiative of the Jubilee Games and will include national eSports tournaments and other related activities planned for August, culminating in a global competitive tournament in early September.
On the evening of Imamat Day, join us for an opportunity to reflect on the significance of this auspicious occasion with music, film, and inspiration, followed by celebratory musical performances.
Finally, Sunday 12 July will feature a music festival, which will showcase a range of musical performances from around the world, bringing the Jamat together in celebration through song and dance.
While Jamats around the world are facing varying challenges, The Ismaili welcomes you to sit back, relax, and spend the Imamat Day weekend as One Jamat, together at home.
View the schedule of the Imamat Day Programme in your timezone on The Ismaili TV Guide.
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