Culture, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

SPIC MACAY conducts cultural heritage workshop demonstrations in Haridwar and Rishikesh

SPIC MACAY (The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a non-political, nationwide voluntary movement that organises programmes for classical music and dance, folk arts, crafts, yoga, classic cinema screenings, and heritage walks, at school and college campuses throughout the world to make students more aware about Indian and world heritage. The organisation was established by Dr. Kiran Seth in 1977 at IIT Delhi.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 10.28.00 AMThis initiative makes education more holistic and meaningful, as it highlights all that is abstract, subtle, inspiring and mystical in the world, teaching one to look within oneself.

The organisation runs on the energy of volunteers who come from all walks of life – students, teachers, housewives, professionals and retired people, along with the young and the old.

Nishkam Seva is a key aspect of the movement.

It seeks to foster traditional Indian values and to generate awareness of the cultural traditions and heritage of India.

In order to achieve its goals, SPIC MACAY organises concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, informal discussions, and talks by eminent scholars and thinkers.

Today SPIC MACAY has some 500 chapters around the world and holds around 6,000 events annually.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 10.29.00 AMSPIC MACAY in association with Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India conducted Workshop Demonstrations of Indian Cultural Heritage to celebrate the Birth Centenary of Bharat Ratna awardee Ustad Bismillah Khan, under which two classical dance forms was presented in Government Schools of Haridwar and Rishikesh Triveni Ghat.

The artists who performed were:

Deepa Chakravarthy – Mohiniyattam Dance
Ippsita Chatterjee – Kathak Dance

The artists presented workshop demonstration for an hour and a half in each school and gave basic information about the dance forms to the students.

They taught the students some basic postures and also made them aware about the differences between other classical dance forms of India.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 10.35.31 AMLater on the artists also performed for the students.

All the schools where the workshops were conducted were located in rural and remote areas of Haridwar.

Some of the schools were so remote, that they did not even have access to television.

All the students who attended the sessions were extremely happy and enthusiastic to learn about the various dance forms of India and to know about the country’s rich and varied cultural heritage.

Overall, it was an enriching experience for both students and artists.

March 16, 2017

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