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SPIC MACAY convention at IIT-G from today
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 8 - IIT Guwahati is organising the fourth international convention of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) from May 9 to 15.

This will be in continuation of the tradition of SPIC MACAY’s 32 two previous such conventions, which have been organised every year almost since the inception of the movement.

The international convention of SPIC MACAY is an annual congregation of people from across the world, who spend one week in a unique ashram-like atmosphere during summers. It consists of concerts and intensive workshops of classical music, dance, crafts and other art forms by great artistes over seven days.

“This resonates with SPIC MACAY’s core purpose – have every child experience the inspiration and mysticism embodied in Indian and world heritage. The vision is to reach out to every child by 2020. This convention is aimed to be a heritage festival for the whole of North East. It is expected to render a series of programmes by some eminent artistes of the country. It will be graced by a large number of dignitaries from across the country and delegates from abroad as well,” Bhavin Mandalaywala, convener, said.

A regular day at the convention will begin with getting up at 3.30 am during the very special time called the ‘Brahma Mahurat’ and doing ‘yoga’ or meditation for three hours. Participants can choose from options like Naad Yog, Hath Yog, Dhrupad and Kutiyattam for this. This will be followed by the ‘Shram Dan’, with an idea to give back a cleaner place to the hosts than how they gave it to the participants.

The participants will then learn classical and folk forms of music and dance, traditional crafts, literature, arts etc., from a celebrated guru, who has mastered his/her skill in that particular art form, in a three-hour intensive workshop. There will be talks by eminent personalities, movie screenings and concerts in the afternoons. In the evenings there will be classical music and dance concerts of some of the most distinguished artistes.

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