The Aga Khan Master Musicians, a six-person ensemble brought together by the Aga Khan Music Programme to explore how musical innovation can contribute to the revitalisation of cultural heritage, made its North American debut last week in three specially-produced concert films commissioned and broadcast by prestigious arts presenters: Hopkins Centre for the Arts at Dartmouth College (10 November), the Aga Khan Museum (13 November), and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Asian Art (14 November). Originally scheduled as live events, the concerts were moved online after the pandemic shut down concert halls around the world.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam at the climax of the World Prematurity Day, CEO of the Aga Khan Hospital, Sisawo Konteh, said that it was time now for the government, health stakeholders and donors to think about a strong system to support the babies. He said that ensuring the survival of preterm babies and their mothers requires sustained and significant financial and practical support. "Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn deaths and the second-leading cause of death after pneumonia in children under the age of 5. Let us change the future for millions of babies born too soon, for their mothers and families."
Proclaimed by Unesco in 2019, 18 November marks the inaugural International Day of Islamic Art to commemorate past and present artistic expressions of Islam and celebrate the contribution of Islamic art to artistic movements and culture around the world. The Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in the western world dedicated to Islamic art and objects. Its collection features rare manuscripts of diverse artistic styles and materials embodying more than 10 centuries of human history. Among the most prized items in the collection is the earliest known copy of Ibn Sina’s Qanun fil-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine), which dates back to 1052, as well as a page from the famous 9th-century Blue Quran.
As part of the ongoing successful implementation of the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and Pamir Energy Company (PE), two new renewable energy power plants have been commissioned in the region of Viloyati Mukhtori Kuhistoni Badakhshan (VMKB). These projects were completed by PE with the support of the USAID and the Aga Khan Foundation. The commissioning of these plants is a landmark step in the Company’s mission to provide reliable, clean and affordable electricity to the entire VMKB region, and will provide power to the remote mountain communities as they approach the harsh winter season.
Architect Saif Ul Haque’s Arcadia Education Project is a modular structure in South Kanarchor, Bangladesh, a delicate, fragile environment by the Dhaleshwari River, which floods for several months every year. The project, winner of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, is a complex including an elementary school, a hostel, a nursery and a training centre; an amphibious structure that does not disrupt the river environment, but adapts in response to flooding in the monsoon season with innovative use of traditional local building methods and materials.