SPIC MACAY (SOCIETY FOR PROMOTION OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC AND CULTURE AMONGST YOUTH) is dedicated towards preserving and inculcating the cultural ethos of our rich heritage among the youth globally. SPIC MACAY in its 36th year aims at reaching out to every child in the country.
SPICMACAY Kolkata Chapter is now organizing the 1st International Convention at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)- Calcutta from 20th May 2013 – 26th May 2013 where about 1500 delegates will gather from all over the country and abroad to rededicate themselves to the movement. At this week-long event, we will be celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Shri Swami Vivekananda & the Spirit of Nishkam Karma.
We take pride to announce that The Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee is supporting the movement and has kindly consented to inaugurate the Convention. The event & the movement are also supported by the Governor of West Bengal Shri M.K. Narayanan, the Chief Minister Smt. Mamta Banerjee and various other Governor of States along with central and state ministers.
The mega event shall witness the congregation of India’s best known exponents in the fields of traditional art and culture. Great artistes like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Smt. Girija Devi, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty alongwith folk artistes like Smt. Teejan Bai, Smt. Parvati Baul to name a few would be performing as well as imparting their skills to the delegates as part of the Intensives (Workshops) conducted during the convention. This convention is aimed to reinstate Kolkata as the Cultural Capital of India.
More than 500 centers, around 5000 events per year – and the journey continues….
Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth – that’s what Spic Macay stands for. An idea that sprung up in the year 1972, finally took wings in 1979 when the name was launched. Today, we have a marked international presence, with LEC- DEMS (Lecture Demonstrations), FESTS, (The Festival), Baithaks, Virasat, Talk Series, Yoga Camps, Gurukul Scholarship Scheme and The Eye (magazine), as our main instruments of action.
What must be made clear at the onset is the primary aim of the movement – to fight the process of de-culturization, not oppose the Western traditions from intermingling with Indian culture. With over 500 centers with a swaggering national and international presence, today SPIC MACAY isn’t just a movement – it is a revolutionary attempt at that, the proponents of which are the enthusiastic, young minds of the nation. They play the role of custodians for the rich cultural heritage – the essence of our existence, which is getting lost and rusted due to lack of practice and promotion.
And, this we can boast of having already achieved to a great extent following years of perseverance and dedicated efforts by our voluntary members.