The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth, often known by its initials (SPICMACAY), is a non-profit organization which promotes classical Indian music, dance, and culture. The parents organization is based in India, with chapters in over 200 towns and cities in India. [ [http://www.asu.edu/clubs/spicmacay/origin.html Origin] Arizona state University.] SPIC MACAY USA was formed in 1989 [ [http://iacl.ece.jhu.edu/~gupta/spicmacay/guidelines.txt Guidelines] John Hopkins.] and now it is present in the U.S., Canada and Germany [ [https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ro/www/SocietyforthePromotionofIndianClassicalMusicandCultureAmongstYouth/links.html Links to US sites] ] .

SPIC MACAY was established by Dr. Kiran Seth in 1977 at IIT Delhi. [ [http://www.karna.org/body_scholarship_board.html#kiran Dr. Kiran Seth Profile] www.karna.org.] [ [http://stuact.tamu.edu/stuorgs/spicmacay/newer/index.htm About us] Texas A&M University Chapter.] It seeks to foster the exchange of traditional Indian values and to generate awareness of the cultural traditions and heritage of India. In order to achieve its goals, SPICMACAY organizes concerts, lectures, demonstrations, informal discussions, and seminars. These are hosted by local chapters of the organization.


Dr. Kiran Seth, a young graduate from IIT Kharagpur, was studying for his doctorate at the Columbia University, New York, when he chanced to attend a Dhrupad concert by Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Fariddudin Dagar at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York [http://www.spicmacay.com/about.as About us] Official website.] .

On his return to India in 1976, he started teaching and doing research work at IIT Delhi, where he got together with students and started SPIC MACAY in 1977 [http://www.musicalnirvana.com/introduction/post_independence6.html#SPICMACAY Intro] www.musicalnirvana.com.] , and its first concert was held at IIT Delhi in the same year .

The first Lecture-Demonstration series was held in 1979, with six artistes, including Sonal Mansingh, Birju Maharaj, Asad Ali Khan, the Dagar brothers and Munawar Ali Khan who performed in a few colleges in Delhi.

Today, SPIC MACAY has some 200 chapters across the world and holds over 1,500 events annually, mostly in educational institutions, but occasionally in "public" venues like town halls or community parks.

Some of its major activities include: FEST series, VIRASAT series, National Conventions for students and teachers, heritage walks, talks by eminent thinkers, yoga and meditation camps, theatre, screening of classic cinema etc [http://www.spicmacaycoer.co.nr/] . Lately it has also started getting international artistes from other equally rich cultures to perform in India.

Organizational Structure

The state of Rajasthan has as many as 15 functioning chapters in towns as modest as Churu, Jalore and Nathdwara [ [http://www.spicmacay.com/chapter.as Chapters] www.spicmacay.com.] It even operates in the smallest of towns on the border of India and Pakistan in Kashmir. SPIC MACAY primarily works by the efforts of its volunteers, and the concerts are open to all, and free.

The Gujarat riots of 2002 motivated SPIC MACAY to start community outreach programmes.Fact|date=January 2008

PIC MACAY Chapters in educational institutions


* [http://www.iit.edu/~music/ IIT Delhi]
* [http://www.iitk.ac.in/dosa/spic/ IIT Kanpur]
* [http://www.iitb.ac.in/archive/spicmacay/index.htm IIT Bombay]
* [http://www.iitr.ernet.in/campus_life/web/spicmacay/home.htm IIT Roorkee]


* [http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/ia/internat/services/spicmacay/spicmacay.htm University of Stuttgart]


* [http://www.uiuc.edu/ro/spicmacay University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
* [http://www.stanford.edu/group/spicmacay/index.htm Stanford U.]
* [http://iacl.ece.jhu.edu/~gupta/spicmacay/ Johns Hopkins U., MD.]
* [http://www.spicmacay.ucdavis.edu/ UC Davis]
* [http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/spicmacay/ UCLA]
* [http://www.asu.edu/studentprgms/orgs/spicmacay/ Arizona State U., AZ.]
* [http://www.rso.cornell.edu/spicmacay/ Cornell U.]
* [http://icsl.ee.washington.edu/macay.html University of Washington, WA.]
* [http://http//stuact.tamu.edu/stuorgs/spicmacay/newer/index.htm Texas A&M U.]
* [http://www.ou.edu/student/spicmacy/ University of Oklahoma]
* [http://www.student.virginia.edu/~spic-mac/home.htm University of Virginia]
* [http://www.osu.edu/students/spicmacay/ Ohio State U., OH.]


* [http://www.ualberta.ca/~spicm/main.html Alberta]


External links

* [http://www.spicmacay.com/ Official website for SPICMACAY in India]
* [http://www.ualberta.ca/~spicm/na-chapters.html SPICMACAY Chapters in North America]
* [http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/ia/internat/services/spicmacay/spicmacay.htm SPICMACAY Germany]
* [http://www.pagalguy.com/index.php?categoryid=85&p2_articleid=1168 History of SPIC MACAY]

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