A Unique Digital Portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan by Akbar Kanji


“The Closer You Come the More You Will See Him”

This digital mosaic rendering is based on an existing photo portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Ismaili Imam. For graphic artist Akbar Kanji of Toronto, the concept is to “portray our Imam’s entire life and his dedications at a glance which we cannot imagine until we come closer to him.”

Says Akbar Kanji about his astonishing work, “This mosaic portrait was created with fifteen hundred different images of our beloved Hazar Imam from his birth to the celebration of his Golden Jubilee. The portrait has been made with passion and lots of artistic efforts such as collections of pictures from various sources, resizing, reshaping, color corrections, arrangements and proper placements.”

A pixel sample of the portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan shown above. View the pixel strip further from the screen to see the facial features and move closer to the screen to see more of his dedications. The portrait is made up of 1500 'digital mosaic' pieces. Copyright. Akbar Kanji.

Akbar’s magnificent contribution is a work of labour and love, and Simerg is delighted that he is sharing this special portrait with readers of this Web site to mark the auspicious and happy occasion of  Navroz, the Persian New Year.

We convey Navroz Mubarak to all our readers, and wish everyone happiness and success in all walks of life. The previous post, below, has two new poems and ginan explanation related to Navroz.


The digital portrait is Copyright, Akbar Kanji. Hi-resolution print in varying sizes (recommended is 36″ x 24″ or 48″ x 36″) which will include the artist’s original signature is available for purchase from the artist. Please write to him at: akbarkanji@hotmail.com.

About the artist: Born in Bangladesh, Akbar Kanji moved to Pakistan where he pursued his childhood dream of becoming an artist by completing a Graphics Design Diploma at the Karachi School of Art. He continued his interest at other Fine Art, Performing Art and Visual Art institutes in Karachi and Toronto, and also trained under well known Pakistani artists including the late Ismaili artist Gulgee, Rabia Zubairi, Talat Hussein and others. He has served the Ismaili community’s Arts and Culture portfolio, and currently resides in Toronto where he works as a graphic designer.

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32 thoughts on “A Unique Digital Portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan by Akbar Kanji

  1. What a fantastic job you have done on this auspicious occasion of Navroz. May Mawla always keep in good health and may he bless you and your family with lots of Baraka and may all your good wishes are accepted. Great artistic work. Keep it up.

  2. Great picture. Virtually a feast for the eyes and heart! Keep up the great work. May Mawla bless you always. Amen.

  3. The best portrait I have seen so far which matches Mawlana Hazar Imam’s face exactly. Excellent work. Congratulations and keep up the hard work

  4. Excellent work! I have never seen anything like this before.Very intricate. Bravo!!

    Navroz Mubarak

  5. Dear Akbar Kanji

    Fantastic Work. Navroz Mubarak to you and your family. Keep up the good work.


  6. Excellent work Akbar – I believe the portrait has just the right caption! “The Closer You Come the More You Will See Him.”

    Your reputation for excellent work precedes you!

  7. Great artistic work. Appreciate your ability to bring life to the work. Navroz Mubarak to you and all Ismaili brotherhood and sisterhood.

    With Ya Ali Madad.

  8. The title says it all. A terrific idea put into practice. Thank goodness for creativity and freedom of responsible action. Thank you for sharing once again!

  9. Dear Akber Kanji

    Ya Ali Madad

    Novroz Mubarak to you and your family members as well, you did a good job, great work.

    Thank you.

    Anwar Allahwala

  10. The photograph of Mowlabapa is beautiful. Is it possible to buy it? Please let me know. What a lovely day to receive it and feel his noor through his eyes. Navroz Mubarak to you and May Mowla fill your and your families life with spiritual and material barakat.

    Ya Ali Madad

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