Bollywood Classics Come to the Aga Khan Museum May 22


Bollywood Classics Come to the Aga Khan Museum May 22
Series Launches Summer Performing Arts Season

Toronto, May 18, 2016 — Four of Bollywood’s classic films — spanning five decades from 1960 to 2008 — are screening at the Aga Khan Museum and Park this summer. The screenings are part of an exciting summer performing arts season that will animate the entire site at 77 Wynford Drive until late August.

“Late spring and summer usually mark the winding down of most performing arts seasons, but not here at the Aga Khan Museum,” observes Amirali Alibhai, the Aga Khan Museum’s Head of Performing Arts. “Over four months, we will feature film, music, and dance from the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and West Africa, and we’ll program in surprising spaces, including the Park and atrium.”

Highlights of the season include:

  • Two outdoor Bollywood screenings in the Aga Khan Park, Jodhaa Akbar (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2008) and Pakeezah (Kamal Amrohi, 1972);
  • Two co-presentations with Montreal’s Kabir Centre on June 12 (with master of Kathak dance, Pandit Birju Maharaj) and August 4 (with the irrepressible ensemble Fannah-fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Party); and
  • The Mehmet Polat Trio, a dynamic mix of musical instruments and cultures featuring new compositions steeped in Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan, and West African musical traditions.

Full programming details can be found in the latest edition of On Stage, the Museum’s performing arts guide or at

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage.



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