SPIC MACAY organized its 3rd International Convention at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) from 31st of May 2015.
This week, IIT Bombay played host to the 3rd annual SPICMACAY International Convention, which was being held from the 31st May 2015 till the 6th June 2015. The Convention witnessed over 2000 visiting delegates from 15+ countries across the globe, 200 artists to rededicate themselves to this voluntary movement with 50 exhaustive and 46 total hours of performance. The Convention is being controlled and handled by the ROOTS group involving the students of IIT Bombay.
SPIC MACAY Conventions – A pure delight
SPIC MACAY Conventions are most sought after in the nation by the youth and populace at large. Over 5,000 people apply for this convention all through the country and abroad. About 1500 people get the break to be a part of this exclusive event. The participants stay on the campus, where their food and accommodation is prearranged by SPIC MACAY devoid of any costs. About 300 artistes and craftsmen from diverse genres of music, dance, folk, theatre and crafts enthuse the participants through their concert, intensives and practicum. The reunion ends with the legacy walks to the places of customary value in the city.
The Conventions have been arranged in diverse cities of the country every year, where the lodging and boarding is approved by SPIC MACAY for the participants free of cost. Here’s what was featured in the week-long cultural extravaganza.
There are presentations of classical music & dance, folk, theatre and discussion by several inspiring & eminent artistes. They are also having intensives and workshops carried out by inspirational gurus and master craftsmen. National Conventions are grand annual parishioners of the people associated with this movement, who splurge one week in an only one of its kind ashram-like ambiance.
The Annual Convention is an exceptional occurrence where participants get to see enormous artists performing classical music & dance, folk and theatre. Several intensives and workshops are arranged where the participants discover the form from the inspirational gurus (inspiring Masters) for 5 days. The day starts at 4 am, where the participants do the naad yog followed by hatha yog. Crafts village is one extraordinary aspect of the convention where Master craftsmen sensitize the participants regarding various crafts for those 5 days. Screenings of cinema classics include the great achievements of legendary film-makers like Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Charlie Chaplin, Ingmar Bergman, Shyam Benegal, etc. Several meetings by inspiring people and panel discussions are planned. The convention concludes with an over-night sequence of concerts.
Alliance of IIT – Bombay and SPIC MACAY
IIT Bombay has been coupled with SPIC MACAY ever since 1982, and congregated the SPIC MACAY National Convention way back in 1991, the National Convention in 2004 and manifold West-Zone conventions. SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a charitable organization that endeavors to augment general wakefulness among the youth about the classical arts. Ever since its inception in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth, an alumnus of IIT-KGP, the organization has developed to include 500 chapters conducting around 3000 events across the globe.
About the Convention 2015
The Convention spotlights on providing a unique ambiance to delegates with an accent on the Guru-Shishya model. A typical day at the convention will involve early morning Yoga followed by meetings with Gurus in various themes from across the country. The convention will witness talks by cultural icons like Javed Akthar Ji, Shyam Benegal Ji, Gulzar Ji and more. The day will end with concerts attributing the biggest names and gharanaas, associated with classical arts like Pt. Shivkumar Sharma Ji, Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia Ji and more. The convention aims to provide a holistic experience aligned with classical Indian tradition and participants will have to follow certain rules and regulations like eating of Satwik food etc.