SPIC MACAY WEST ZONE CONVENTION
SPICMACAY- the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth is a non-political voluntary movement that organizes programmes of classical music and dance, folk art, craft, yoga, classic cinema screenings, heritage walks, etc. inside school and college campuses throughout the country and the world to make students more aware about Indian and world heritage. With an objective to create awareness amongst the cadets about the splendid Indian heritage in the sphere of Hindustani classical music, dance and other art forms Delhi Public School, Pune had the privilege of hosting the SPIC MACAY Maharashtra state convention and West Zonal meet.
There were approximately 175 participants and volunteers from across Maharashtra. Students were given a remarkable opportunity to observe and learn from maestros and renowned artistic personalities, an experience that is both intense and inspiring. They were also provided more than a peek into India’s rich cultural tapestry with concerts, workshops, talks, a cinema classic and yoga sessions. The programme commenced with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by Dr Kiran Seth, the inceptor of SPIC MACAY, Shri Sai Kiran and the Principal Mrs Neelam Chakrabarty. Dr Kiran Seth acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of team DPS, Pune for hosting the programme. Dr Seth reinforced the motto of this zonal convention which is not only to Promote Classical Music but also to facilitate young people to retrospect.
Next in line was the screening of a classic movie in the afternoon session, which is an intrinsic part of SPIC MACAY. The Intensive session one started with the workshop on Hindustani Vocals which was conducted by Dr Kasturi Paigude who is a Hindustani Classical Vocalist and a disciple of the renowned vocalist Mrs. Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar. The classical dance form, Kathak was performed by Smt. Sarita Kalele, a disciple of Pandita Uma Dogra. The Cherial folk painting workshop was conducted by Shri Sai Kiran who hails from Rangareddy district, Telangana. This was followed by the second segment which consisted of Rudra Veena performance by Mohi Baha'ud-din Dagar, a sangeet natak academy award winner in 2012 and a 20th generation of Dagar lineage, referring to Swami Haridas Dagur of the 13th century.
The second day of the convention began early before day break at 4 a.m. with an enriching session of Naad Yoga. Later participants continued with the intensive session with the workshops of the previous day, namely the Cherial folk painting, Bhil Tribal painting and Mughal painting sessions. A talk on Visual Arts by Dr Suniti Vadalkar was a part of the concluding session. The convention concluded with a vote of thanks presented by Principal Mrs. Neelam Chakrabarty, who expressed her heart felt gratitude to the artists, Dr. Kiran Seth and the entire team of SPIC MACAY for presenting this opportunity of hosting the convention to DPS, Pune.