Spic Macay – Bringing out the real magic in Indian music & culture

By on November 17, 2013

Spic Macay has enriched and engaged young India’s collective childhoods into a formidable cultural force. I think it can be safely claimed that no other movement has had a bigger impact on preserving and promoting Indian art forms than Spic Macay. The magic of watching awe inspiring Purulia Chau performances or theatrical forms like Kudiyattam and Pandvani, the joy of being an audience to graceful Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnayam dancers (and wising you could dance like them!), the feeling of being transported to a different world during all-night concerts – most of these experiences have been soul stirring.

With more than 300 chapters globally, playing host to over 5000 performances annually, it amazes me how thousands of people around the world are volunteering without any other agenda other than relentless motivation to uphold one single cause – that of making Indian culture borderless. Perhaps, it is something intangible, something bigger than us, bigger than the spirit of service and the love for preserving our cultural tapestry that binds all of us together and continues to drive this movement forward.

Spic Macay performances in Hong Kong

Spic Macay performances in Hong Kong

One of the most enriching experiences of being part of Spic Macay is the interaction with the artists themselves. Their dedication, commitment and devotion to their art, their sadhana is sure to leave even the most uninspired of us, inspired, encouraging us in our ordinary lives to seek the extraordinary. By inviting these artists over, we wish to give Hong Kong the privilege of being true rasiks (admirers of beauty) who will advance the ancient tradition of patronage. In this process we can only hope to be able to provide the artists with a token of that glory and recognition which their art deserves in abundance.

Since 2010, the Hong Kong Chapter of Spic Macay has brought numerous and hugely appreciated events such as Odissi Dances performances and Sitar Recitals to this beautiful and gracious city. We are a nascent yet passionate group of volunteers and have received immense support from HKUST, HKU, CUHK , PolyU and Clearwater Bay school amongst others. ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations) has been an invaluable partner and so have been our sponsors such as Sengital, Kamtech, PTS Motors & Mirandola Designs.

This year we have brought heritage Indian art forms like Sattriya, theatre forms like Ottumthullal and folk-classical bands like Rhythms of Manipur to Hong Kong. The year could not have ended on a better note with a stalwart like Dr. Ashwini Bhide and Group performing at the Asia Society on the 21st of November.

The spirit of this movement is best captured in the words of its Founder, Dr Kiran Seth. He says that, “Spic Macay is an affirmation of all that is beautiful, lofty and wholesome, of the sensitive, kind and gentle human being who is inspired and in turn inspires”

To contribute as volunteers, patrons or sponsors, please contact Yosha Gupta at [email protected] or [email protected]

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Yosha Gupta

Yosha is an Indian Classical Arts aficionado & evangelist – she, along with Viveik Saigal and other passionate Spic Macay volunteers manages the Hong Kong Chapter for Spic Macay. She is the Regional Product Manager for Monitise and works on innovative mobile banking and payment products.

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