SPICMACAY NORTH ZONE CONVENTION
SPIC MACAY North Zone Convention 2018 was organised in the lush campus of Delhi Public School under the aegis of Takshila Educational Society on November 24 & 25, 2018. More than 200 volunteers from major states of North India like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttrakhand registered and dedicated themselves to this voluntary movement of conserving various forms of Art.
The first day of the convention was initiated by the auspicious lighting of the lamp and shloka recitation. Ms. Manjit Sodia paid homage to the Late Dr. M.A. Zahir followed by a stimulating orientation by Dr. Seth. He expressed that the core aim of SPICMACAY is not only to engender Indian classical music and culture but to help individuals meet their real selves. Later on students had various intensives on Kuchipudi, Sattriya, Bhangra, Visual art, Tabla and Phulkari from 11: 30 am to 1:30 pm. After lunch, the intensives were continued followed by a short documentary on flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, a Parmveer Chakra recipient.
The ordinary evening of November 24, 2018 was converted into an aesthetic one by the presence of some of the great exponents of Classical Indian Music. The luminaries of music that set the stage alight with their scintillating performance were the shehnai players, Shankar Brothers and Koodiyattam artists, Margi Madhu and group.
The next day, brought in an early morning yoga session carefully planned by Gurus of naada yoga and hatha yoga. Thereafter, the entire group left for a Heritage walk to Issewal village, the native place of flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon. The participants were privileged to meet the family of the PVC recipient and witness his citation. They also planted trees in the village. The six intensive sessions continued after the group came back to DPS campus.
The audience then had an opportunity to be a part of an enriching talk delivered by Dr. B.N. Goswamy. He depicted a few iconic paintings on the screen and deliberated upon their interpretation in terms of concrete and abstract. After lunch break, Dr. Kiran Seth addressed the gathering and presented his innovative module ‘AARAMBH’, exclusively for children in the age group of 2-7 years. Dr. Seth spoke to the teachers on how this experiential learning can benefit the early childhood learners. This was succeeded by ‘Moments and Experiences’ wherein the audience recounted their experience about association with SPICMACAY and how it had impacted their life for the better. At the conclusion of the convention, the Principal Delhi Public School Ludhiana, Mrs. Balmit Kaur expressed her deep gratitude for SPICMACAY, the artists, volunteers, eminent art seekers of the city and all those who had taken time off on a Sunday afternoon to be a part of the event.