SPIC MACAY NORTH ZONE CONVENTION
“The basic element of every culture is its art”- David Dory
SPICMACAY- the Society for the promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst youth promotes intangible aspects of Indian cultural heritage by promoting Indian classical music, classical dance, folk music, yoga, meditation, crafts and other aspects of Indian culture. It is a movement with chapters in over 300 towns all over the world. SPICMACAY was established by Dr. Kiran Seth in 1977 at IIT Delhi. He is an Indian academician and a Professor Emeritus in the department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi.
Delhi Public School Ludhiana had the proud privilege of hosting the North Zone Convention of SPIC MACAY. The convention was witnessed by students, volunteers and participants from across North India. The event aimed to provide us an opportunity to savour the rich heritage that has been an integral part of our culture.
DAY 1 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
After registering themselves, the students and volunteers got an opportunity to listen to Dr. Kiran Seth talk about the organisation and its aim. He believes that Indian classical music and culture helps individuals to be one with their inner selves. This was followed by volunteers sharing the immense role that SPIC MACAY played in their lives.
Classic Cinema Screening is an integral part of SPICMACAY. Movies have been considered as the mirror held out to the face of the society. Keeping this in mind, screening of the movie Bicycle Thieves by Italian Director Vittorio De Sica was done. A group discussion to review the movie through different perspectives was held. Participants were urged to air their ideas about Italian neorealism, the central theme of the movie. They put the movie on the anvil of their beliefs and values and gauged its relevance in today’s world.
To symbolise dissemination of radiance of music, the evening began by lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Dr. Kiran Seth, Mr. Arun Sahai and Principal Ms. Balmit Kaur. Vidushi Rani Khanam, one of the most sensitive and astute interpreter of the Lucknow gharana enthralled the audience with her performance. She was accompanied by Shri Zohaib Hassan on harmonium and Pt. Ajeet Mishra on Tabla while Pt. Pradeep Mishra lent his mellifluous voice to her Kathak performance. She weaved magic by expressing various emotions through her dance. Her captivating acts comprised depiction of ‘Shiv-Parvati Ardnaresh’, ‘Teen Taal on Tabla’s bol’, ‘Andaaz’, ‘Tihai’ and others. With her ghungroos she created beats which were perfectly coordinated with tabla. The splendid act of - ‘Rain, lightening and feelings of a young girl’ enthused the audience to the core.
The first segment concluded with a huge round of applause and appreciation by the audience.
The second segment consisted of a vocal performance by the youngest Hindustani classical vocalist, Pt. Kaivalaya Kumar Gurav. He was accompanied by Shri. Ashish Sengupta on tabla and Shri. Rajendra Banerjee on harmonium. Gifted with a naturally high pitched and a melodious voice, he enchanted the audience with recitation of ‘Raag Gaoti’. ‘Man lago mero Fakhiri mein’, ‘Mero man Ram Ram hi Raiti’, ‘Sarvn Mangal’ were some of the beautiful performances that he presented in his spirited voice. The accompanists matched the notes of the vocalists to create the perfect music. Audience could be seen with their eyes closed, lost in the divinity of the music that he created. The day came to an end with presentation of mementos to the esteemed artists by Dr. Kiran Seth, Mr. Arun Sahey, Mr. Sanjeev Pahwa and Principal Ms. Balmit Kaur. A cordial note of appreciation was extended towards all the artists.
DAY 2 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
Next morning, the participants woke up early in the morning for an enriching naada yoga session. The goal was to provide one with a balanced development of the physical, mental and spiritual being to attain perfect harmony with nature.
Dr. Kiran Seth conducted an appealing module for the Junior Wing children where he demonstrated the benefits of learning classical music at an early age. He claimed that classical music could improve concentration, memory and emotional intelligence.
A brainstorming session to discuss the efforts required to maximize volunteer base and ways to integrate SM in the educational curriculum was conducted in the morning after the breakfast.
Amidst the busy urban life, we often fail to explore the unsung heritage of our country. Thus, a heritage walk to Mughal Sarai Fort was organised. The participants witnessed the remarkably constructed monument along with its ancient inscriptions.
After a sumptuous and a filling lunch, music aficionados were left dazzled by a Sarod recital by Pt. Biswajit Roy Chowdhury. He is renowned for his deep knowledge and loyalty towards music. Tabla player, Shri. Prasenjit Adhikary accompanied him and added his share of flavour to the performance. The audience stayed in the sublime world of rhythm and rhapsody all through the recital.
At the valedictory, Principal Ms. Balmit Kaur expressed her deep gratitude towards all those who had made the event possible. She reiterated the contribution of such events in making education holistic and meaningful.
Like all good things, this convention also came to an end. But it left upon virtues that shall be cherished forever.