Expressions of the Golden Jubilee
Ismailis throughout the world celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their 49th Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Shah Karim al-Hussayni, during the period July 11, 2007 – December 13, 2008. Many meaningful and enjoyable programs were held during this time in the form of exhibitions, sports festivals, cultural and artistic shows; these reflected the talent of a sample of the Ismaili community in a multitude of ways.
Part of the commemorative festivities in Europe included an exclusive project, entitled “Festival of Poetic Expressions”. Produced and directed by Aitmadi Dr. Aziz Kurwa, under the aegis of the Aga Khan Council for the United Kingdom, the festival attracted entries from 205 participants of different age groups, demonstrating rich and pluralistic Ismaili traditions from around the world. Twenty two original poetic pieces were selected from these entries, culminating in a showcase of staged performances held in London, Manchester and Germany. These included the Shia Adhan from the glorious Fatimid period of Ismaili history, the recitation of Ginans and Qasidas accompanied by dance and music, as well as vibrant Ghazals and Qawalis in an environment that reflected the Mughal Darbar. The performance team consisted of around one hundred participants, supported in production by numerous experts and volunteers.
The common theme underlying each performance was the expression of mystical and esoteric love the murids have for their Imam of the Time. Simerg, encouraged by the proposal and broader vision of Dr. Aziz Kurwa as well as the support of the President of the United Kingdom National Council, Mr. Amin Mawji, is delighted to offer to its readers the English translation of the 22 poems that were selected for the presentation. Wherever possible, the English translations will be accompanied by the original script, and its corrresponding English transliteration.
The organizers of the event would once again like to convey their special thanks to all the participants of “The Festival of Poetic Expressions” and wish them Barakah in all aspects of their life. Simerg sincerely thanks President Mawji and Aitmadi Kurwa for giving us the opportunity to publish the twenty poems on this Web site.
Publication date: September 25, 2010
Last modified: October 31, 2010
FESTIVAL POEMS LINKS
“Born of the Light” by Amin Mawji
“The Key” by Farrah Sheikh
“Mabruki, Mabruki” by Neemat Koraci
“The Noor of Hazar Imam” by Inaara Verhoosel
“Kaleidoscope of Faith” by Zainul Nasser
“The Dancing Heart” by Greg Traynor
Zahira Virani: “The Morning Sun”
“My Ultimate Desire” by Niema Victoria Alhaj
“O The Light of Imamat” by Ghulam Abbas Hunzai
“Padhramni” by Aliya Solanki
“A Beautiful Voice” by Hala Khalaf-Alhaj
“Jubilee Golden” by Rahim Valli
“Fifty Years” by Fazila Bhanvadiya
“Purity of Faith” by Shaheroz Bharwani
“Golden Jubilee” by Kaycia Jinnah
“Our Love for Mawlana Hazar Imam” by Sadaf Sherbari
“Jamatkhana” by Raziyyudin Jamani
“Expressions” by Aliyana Hirji
“What is the Releationship Between You and Me?” by Maherun Nisa Pradhan
“The Spirit Within” by Moez Mitha
“A Nazrana For You” by Zain Velji
Photo Credits: The photos shown above are taken from a special CD, “The Festival of Poetic Expressions,” produced by the Aga Khan Council for the United Kingdom.