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SPICMACAY at UCI (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth)

Category: Multicultural
Description: SPICMACAY is a non-profit, voluntary movement for promoting various kinds of Indian Classical music and arts. Its objective is to generate awareness about many traditional art forms and music among the youth.

SPICMACAY seeks to conserve and promote an awareness of this rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry amongst the youth of this country through focus on the classical arts, with their attendant legends, rituals, mythology and philosophy and to facilitate an awareness of their deeper and subtler values.

SPICMACAY was founded in 1977as a non-profit, voluntary, non-political and student participatory movement. It has a central executive body in New Delhi and organizes its programs through a worldwide network of schools, colleges and educational institutions.

SPICMACAY began with a poorly attended concert organized by four students at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India in 1977. The spirit behind the movement is Dr. Kiran Seth,, who is currently teaching at IIT Delhi. At present SPICMACAY is present in 850 academic institutions and holds a staggering 1500 events every year. On an average 300-400 school and college students and young professionals attend each concert and the SPICMACAY family is ever growing.

Students participate actively, by organizing the concerts, arranging local publicity and taking care of the artists. Apart from being able to understand the finer aspects of the art forms, students benefit immensely from the direct interaction with the artists. SPICMACAY does not charge admission fees for any of its events.

SPICMACAY @ UCI has been an active organization since March of 2006. Currently, the organization consists of 5-10 active members. These students come from both the undergraduate and graduate communities at UCI. Due to generosity of campus funding organizations, and others, we have successfully organized several events over the last five years.

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