The 27th national convention of the Society for the Popularisation of Indian Culture and Music Among Youth (SPIC MACAY) will be held at the National Institute of Technology — Karnataka (NIT-K), Surathkal, said S.C. Maiyya, State Coordinator, SPIC MACAY and Chairperson, Mangalore National Convention.
He was speaking at a press conference to announce the event here on Sunday.
The event, which will be held from May 28 to June 3 and titled “National Convention 2012”, was to mark the ongoing silver jubilee of the Mangalore chapter and would have 20 maestros, 20 ‘intensives', 20 master craftspersons, 1,500 students from 250 towns in India, the U.S., Canada, the EU, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Norway, over the seven days.
Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, would inaugurate the convention, which is funded by SPIC MACAY. The Chief Minister had sanctioned Rs. 5 lakh as initial contribution and more was expected, he said.
More than promoting Indian music and dance, the convention would let the young (and others) to see the intangibles of life, said Kiran Seth, founder, SPIC-MACAY.
Maestros who have had confirmed their participation in the event were T.V. Shankaranaranan (Carnatic vocal), Begum Parveen Sultana (Hindustani vocal), N. Rajam (Hindustani violin), Chitraveena Ravikiran (Gottuvadyam), Pandit Venkatesh Kumar (Hindustani vocal), Sh. Mysore Nagaraj and Majunath (Carnatic violin), Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra (Hindustani vocal), Pt. Venkatesh Kumar (Hindustani vocal), Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar (Dhrupad), Malavika Sarukkai (Bharatnatyam), Margi Madhu (Koodiyattam), and Madhavi Mudgal (Odissi). A vocal programme would be held on the NIT-K beach.
A crafts village with 20 Indian mastercrafts men would be set up. The event would showcase folk artforms and crafts from Karnataka such as Yakshagana, Dollu Kunitha, Chittara painting, and Lambani.
Thirty delegates from Pakistan were expected to attend, and 15 to 20 delegates from other parts of the world.
Supriti, vice-chairperson, SPIC MACAY, said SPIC MACAY had organised 3,200 programmes last year including 250 in Indian towns, 50 abroad, and 1,000 in various institutions.
Last date for registrations was March 20 for the national convention, it was open to all schools and colleges. Visit www.spicmacay.com
or mail natcon@spicmacay-
karnataka.org for details.