Friday, 27th November 2015 | 5:30 – 6:45 pm
Kiran Seth is Professor-Emeritus at IIT-Delhi but is most famously known as the founder of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth), a non-political, nationwide, voluntary movement founded in 1977.
The society aims to “enrich the quality of formal education by increasing awareness about different aspects of Indian heritage and inspiring the young mind to imbibe the values embedded in it. It seeks to inspire youth through experiencing the mysticism embodied in the rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry of Indian and World Heritage.”
Through its engagement with academic institutions at various levels, SPIC MACAY advocates “the need for a more inspired and holistic perspective in a world bombarded by too much information.” It also seeks to develop a spirit of service in its young audience, while inculcating worth for values, wisdom and aesthetics embodied in traditional arts.
In 2011, SPIC MACAY was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana award in recognition of its contribution to youth development. Dr Kiran Seth, was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ for his contribution to the arts in 2009.
The session will commence with a short sitar recital by Shehroze Hussain. A talented, young sitar-nawaz who has been training under his father, the eminent Sajid Hussain and has been performing to much acclaim since the age of 13.
5:30 – Sitar recital with Shehroze Hussain
5:45 – Introduction of guests accompanied by a short documentary on SPIC MACAY
6:00 – Discussion with Dr. Kiran Seth