About SPIC MACAY

The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth, often known by its initials (SPIC MACAY), is a voluntary youth movement which promotes Indian classical music, Indian classical dance, and other aspects of Indian culture; it is also a movement with chapters in over 200 towns and cities all over the world. SPIC MACAY was established by Dr. Kiran Seth in 1977 at IIT Delhi.

It seeks to foster the exchange of traditional Indian values and to generate awareness of the cultural traditions and heritage of India. In order to achieve its goals, SPICMACAY organizes concerts, lectures, demonstrations, informal discussions, and seminars. These are hosted by local chapters of the organization.

Today, SPIC MACAY has some 500 chapters across the world and holds around 5,000 events annually, mostly in educational institutions, but occasionally in "public" venues like town halls or community parks.

Some of its major activities include: FEST series, VIRASAT series, National Conventions for students and teachers, National School Intensives, Music in the Park, the SPIC MACAY Scholarship Programme, heritage walks, talks by eminent thinkers, yoga and meditation camps, screening of classic cinema etc. Lately it has also started getting international artistes from other equally rich cultures to perform in India. For more detail please visit http://spicmacay.com/

Student Chapter of SPIC MACAY inaugurated at SISTec-R
Bhopal, April 20, 2013

The inaugural function of SPIC MACAY was held at SISTec-R ON 20th April 2013. On the behalf of state coordinator of SPIC MACAY Dr. Tripta Thakur, student coordinators from MANIT addressed the students.

The welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Jyoti D. Deshmukh, Principal, SISTec-R. The occasion was also marked by the presence of Vice Principal Dr. Chetna Acharya, all the faculties and students. The program was coordinated by Prof. Abhishek Jain. He extended the gratitude to the student’s coordinator of MANIT. Very soon SISTec-R will be commencing some cultural programs in association with SPIC MACAY.

LEC-DEM PERFORMANCE ON KATHAK BY SMT. MONISA NAYAK
Bhopal, December 01, 2014

Culture in India, although diverse and varied, still binds the country together in some form of common identification. Indian dance and music have played a remarkable role in this unification. India has a great heritage of classical dance and music. The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) is a voluntary movement that organizes events of classical music and dance, folk arts, crafts etc. in educational institutions to spread awareness about the Indian Culture amongst the youth.

In this series, SPIC MACAY chapter @ SISTec-R, Bhopal organized a demonstration of Kathak on 1st December 2014, where Smt. Monisa Nayak, an accomplished Kathak performer of the Jaipur Gharana, gave her performance along with her co-performer Ms. Mamta.

“The slower we dance, we can make use of other parts more effectively”, this was transpired by Smt. Monisa Nayak, an accomplished Kathak performer of the Jaipur Gharana while performing in SISTec-R under the aegis of SPIC MACAY student chapter.

Smt. Monisa nayak in her Lecture-Demonstartion on Kathak started with Shiv vandana. Then she presented three rhythms of singing, reciting and dancing in which she emphasized on 16 Matra. Aahead in the program, Kathak exponent presented Aamad in which she displayed her emotions through kathak by pure dance, dance depicting nature and explaining Lord Krishna.

Mr. Samiullah was on harmonium and vocals and Mr. Yogesh Gangani was on tabla. The program was viewed and enjoyed by the students and staff of SISTec-R. The dignitaries of the program were Chairman of Sagar Group, Shri. Sudhir Kumar Agrawal, Group Director, Dr. N.S. Sundarmurty, Principal of SISTer-R Dr. Jyoti D. Deshmukh, Vice Principal, Dr. Chetna Acharya, General Manager, Mr. Rahul Mishra. The artists were felicitated by the dignitaries.

LEC-DEM KUCHIPUDI PERFORMANCE BY SMT. T. REDDILAXMI
Bhopal, August 20, 2015

SPIC MACAY chapter @ SISTec-R, Bhopal organized a demonstration of Kuchipudi on 20th August 2015, where Smt. T. Reddi Lakshmi, an accomplished Kuchipudi performer gave her performance along with her co-performer.

T.Reddi Lakshmi, is one of the talented Kuchipudi performer of the present generation. T. Reddi Lakshmi entered the Guinness Book of World Records after participating in 3rd international Kuchipudi convention organized by Silicon Andhra. She was the winner of world’s only corporate talent championship in solo dance category. She is a receipient of National Nritya Shiromani Award for her excellence in Kuchipudi Dance and the title of Nritya Jayantika from Odissi Natya Sala Delhi.

Kuchipudi is a Classical Indian dance form from Andhra Pradesh, India. It is also popular all over South India. Kuchipudi is the name of a village in the Divi Taluka of Krishna district that borders the Bay of Bengal. According to legend, an orphan named Siddhendra Yogi , is considered to be the founder of the Kuchipudi dance-drama tradition.

From the very earlier era dance was one way to communicate. The same was depicted in the dance of Ms T. Reddy Lakshmi.

A workshop was also conducted for the students to perform the dance form under the guidance of experts.

A LEC-DEM ODISSI PERFORMANCE BY SMT. KAVITA DWIBEDI
Bhopal, September 29, 2016

A mesmerizing programme of the world renowned Odissi Exponent Smt.Kavita Dwibedi was conducted at Sagar Institute of Science, Technology & Research (SISTec-R) on 29th September 2016. Mrs. Kavita Dwibedi is a recipient of Odisha State Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

Her scintillating performance comprised of Bhagawati Vandana followed by Pallav-expression of happiness culminating with a wonderful Abhinaya on Vatsalya Ras and Bhakti Ras.

Smt. Dwibedi gave her performance with Co- artists - Mr. Suresh Kumar Sethi, on Violon Mr. Pradip Kumar Maharana and on Mardal Mr Prafulla Kumar Mangaraj All students and dignitaries present were touched by her Lec-Dem performance.