SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) is a non-political, nationwide, voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth, Professor-Emeritus at IIT-Delhi who was awarded the 'Padma Shri' for his contribution to the arts in 2009.
SPICMACAY’s intention is to enrich the quality of formal education by increasing awareness about different aspects of Indian heritage and inspiring the young mind to imbibe the values embedded in it. It seeks to inspire youth through experiencing the mysticism embodied in the rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry of Indian and World Heritage, with a hope that the beauty, grace, values, and wisdom embodied in these arts will influence their way of life and thinking and inspire one to become a better human being. For this, the most accomplished artists of the country render programs of Indian classical music and dance, folk, poetry, theatre, traditional paintings, crafts & yoga primarily in schools and colleges.
SPIC MACAY celebrates Nishkaam Seva - the spirit of volunteerism – of giving selflessly without expectation, a value that is intrinsic to our culture and important to nurture in today's world.
SPIC MACAY is an affirmation of a priceless cultural heritage, the pulsating and dynamic vitality of young people, a solid value-based education, the effectiveness of voluntary work.
SPIC MACAY introduced the lec-dem (lecture-demonstration) format to present Indian classical art forms in a comprehensive manner in front of
today’s youth, which has given them an understanding of the basics of the classical art forms, and done away with the misconception that classical arts are difficult to understand.
The most significant element in SPIC MACAY HRC, is the VIRASAT series which resuscitate one’s spirit through its enthralling series of event that mainly focuses on giving the most widest exposure in the field of cultural heritage, arts and dance forms, workshops, cinema and many more to our youth, which are performed by the most renowned talented personalities who have excelled in such field and have won National awards for their remarkable contribution. Even during the pandemic too, the society is organizing the events marvellously.
Following are the events that took place during Virasat 2021 event:
This series included a set of virtual events where we encountered an amicable blend of art and culture. Following were the programs that marked the series: ∙ Virtual tour to the National Gallery of Modern Art. Speaker: Argha Kamal Ganguly, Assistant Curator, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. (18th November 2020)
On the propitious occasion of Navratri, SPIC MACAY, Hansraj Chapter embarked the NAVRANG SERIES, 2020. In this series, from 16thto 24th October, 2020, we showed ancient India’s mystical dance forms and prominent female artists with the theme of “Nrityangana: Gems of Indian Classical Dance’.
SPIC MACAY, Hansraj Chapter, introduced the Abhyudaya series 2020 which aimed to give insights about a noteworthy part of our magnificent country: the North East. The online campaign started on 1st August, 2020, and showed beautiful aspects of North-Eastern culture tIll 25thSeptember, 2020.
In this series, we accentuated the colors of the music, dance, arts, and crafts of the North-Eastern states.