You must watch the 72 hour Shukrana concert on Ismaili.TV – don’t let anything stop you!

(Publisher-Editor,  Simerg, Barakah, and Simergphotos)

I’ve been watching the special Eid ul-Fitr presentation Shukrana since it was launched on Ismaili TV Sunday, May 24 2020, at 2 am! Yes! You are reading the hour correctly. When Saba Rawjani of Ottawa was performing on Sunday, my daughter Nurin was doing her gardening under sunny skies and a temperature of 25c in Ottawa! I urged her to get back and watch Saba (see photo at top of post). What a sweet and charming talent Saba is, and what about the control of her voice! Of course, I have heard her in Ottawa since she was a child, but how much she has grown over the years! Then, on Sunday morning the Syrian performance was incredible. Truly, every performance has been top class! And what about those messages from little children — I’m glad they are repeated every so often. Keep one thing in mind: every composition has been done with the artists’ love for Mawlana Hazar Imam, and in the spirit of ONE JAMAT.

I will review the concert at a later time but in the meantime I simply urge you to leave everything aside, for a few hours everyday, and watch the superb musical talent of the Jamat from every corner of the Ismaili world.

You still have more than 24 hours of continuous watching. What have I been doing during my absolutely essential sleeping time? Take my notebook into my bedroom, lay it on the dresser beside me, with the screen facing my bed! Something or the other nudges me to open my eyes, and I stare at the screen with delight. My ears are always open! I feel rested, and I owe it to delightful voices and instruments of Ismaili artists! What a wonderful intrusion!

WATCH IT, and ask your family members to join you! Sorry, but make the Shukrana viewing mandatory, at least for a few hours of the remaining time that is left! Please click

Date posted: May 25, 2020, 01:05 AM.

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Malik Merchant
Malik Merchant of Simerg

Malik Merchant is the founding publisher/editor of Simerg (2009), Barakah (2017) and Simergphotos (2012). A former IT consultant, he now dedicates his time to small family projects and other passionate endeavours such as the publication of this website. He is the eldest son of the Late Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (1928-2018) and Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant, who both served Ismaili Jamati institutions together for several decades in professional and honorary capacities. His daughter, Nurin Merchant, is a veterinarian. He may be contacted at

Joint Simerg-Ismaili Artists Collaboration Results in Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World

Simerg with the support of Ismaili artists from around the world is pleased to release the first official version of A Compendium of Ismaili Artists, following a preview version that was circulated about a month ago. The new publication profiles more than thirty Ismaili visual artists from around the world – professionals and non-professionals alike. The compendium will be updated on a monthly basis, and we invite unlisted artists to submit their profiles with an image from one of their art works to Please download or view the exciting new publication by clicking on A Compendium of Ismaili Artists or on the following image:

Please click on image to download compendium

Please click on image to download compendium

Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World: A Simerg Initiative

Simerg is delighted to introduce a preview edition of the long awaited arts compendium of Ismaili artists. The publication currently profiles 19 Ismaili visual artists from around the world, and more entries will be added as we hear from Ismaili artists – professionals and non-professionals alike. We ask that artists submit a brief profile and an image from one of their art pieces for inclusion in the next updated version of this unique “directory.” The updated version, which will be designated as the first official edition, will be published on October 1, 2014. To download or view the preview version of the compendium, please click on the image below.


Ismaili Artist Compendium Cover with Thumbnails

Compendium of Works of Art by Ismaili Artists

“Touched by the Essence” by Naznin-Virji Babul, Vancouver, Canada.

Simerg wishes to partner with Ismaili artists from around the world to feature a selection of their visual representations on this website. Artists are invited to submit two or three small to medium sized images of their works for a special compendium which will be published on this blog during summer of 2012, with regular updates thereafter. Artists are requested to include their short profiles, and provide links to their own websites or other on-line resources as well as galleries where their complete works are available for viewing.

“Nur i” by Rubina Rajan, Vancouver, Canada

Artists may be aware that Simerg has a special category for visual arts which features numerous Ismaili artists (Visual Arts: The Artists and their Works). However, this category is under-represented. We feel there is an incredible amount of talent within the Ismaili art community which needs to be recognized and appreciated; and a compendium, regularly updated, will be a definitive source for identifying and learning more about Ismaili visual artists. We are also confident that the compendium will help artists attain wider exposure, considering this website’s growing worldwide readership.

We look forward to hearing from all Ismaili artists around the world, professionals and non-professionals alike, for inclusion in this special compendium earmarked for summer 2012. Please submit your images with a brief profile to

Thank you

Malik Merchant
Ottawa, CANADA

Note: The publication of this compendium has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to publish it during Autumn 2013.