The Aga Khan Museum provides a space for Muslims and non-Muslims to explore the extent of diversity within the Muslim world both in terms of geography and centuries. This was shared by Henry S Kim, Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto on Sunday. He was speaking at a talk hosted by Serena Hotels. Kim also shared the diversity of the exhibits in the permanent collection and the wide range of temporary exhibitions and programmes that have taken place in less than two and a half years since the museum opened.
The fact that a billionaire philanthropist is now opening such a university at the doorstep to Central Asia’s remote mountain towns presents a huge opportunity for students in the region, but it is an opportunity that comes with equal obstacles and questions. (...) The Aga Khan’s decision to place the three UCA branches in secondary towns away from Kyrgyzstan’s, Tajikistan’s and Kazakhstan’s capital cities was an integral part of his academic vision from the beginning. In the late 1990s when a commission that included AKDN leaders and Tajikistan’s minister of education formed to consider what this university might look like, the Aga Khan was clear.
His vision is of a world-class university on the banks of the Naryn River, with state of the art facilities, and a curriculum designed to equip young leaders from mountain communities with the knowledge and skills to bring about an economic renaissance for the region. This is one of three campuses that will together comprise the University of Central Asia, a secular, nonprofit university jointly chartered by the presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan and the Aga Khan.
The Badi Baoli is one of the biggest heritage step wells in Hyderabad and has been painstakingly restored as part of the conservation effort led by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) aided by Tata Trusts and backed by Telangana Department of Archaeology and Museums. (...) The officials of Aga Khan Trust for Culture used archival images to aid the restoration effort.
A presentation by Aga Khan Music Initiative’s All-Stars Ensemble on the theme of “New Music from the Ends of the Silk Route”. This six-artist line up brings together some of AKMI’s most beloved artists-performers from Afghanistan, China, Italy and Syria- for a performance arranged for a unique combination of instruments which represent the Eastern and Western ends of the historical Silk Route as well as ancient and contemporary musical cultures.