Guwahati, March 23rd:?Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) is organizing its 4thInternational Convention at IIT Guwahati from May 9-15, 2016. This will be in continuation of the tradition of the SPIC MACAY?s thirty two previous such conventions, which IIT have been organized every year almost since the inception of the movement. The International Convention is the culmination of the year long programs conducted all over the country and abroad. An apolitical, pan-India, voluntary youth movement, SPIC MACAY organized ?7500 events in 300 towns in India and 50 abroad consisting of over 600 chapters in the last one year to bring the young generation closer to our rich cultural tapestry. These events cover every aspect of our culture and heritage- classical music and dance, folk arts, crafts, yoga, classic cinema screenings, heritage walks etc. The International Convention of SPIC MACAY is an annual congregation of people from all across the world, who spend one week in a unique ashram-like atmosphere during summers. It consists of concerts and intensive workshops of classical music, dance, crafts and other art forms by great artists over seven days. This resonates with SPIC MACAY?s core purpose - have every child experience the inspiration and mysticism embodied in Indian and World heritage. The vision is to reach every child by 2020. The 4th International Convention of SPIC MACAY, organized at IIT Guwahati, is aimed to be a heritage festival for the whole of north-east India. The convention is expected to render a series of programmesby some of the most eminent artistes of the country. It will be graced by a large number of dignitaries from across the country and delegates from abroad as well. A regular day at the convention will begin with getting up at?3.30 am?during the very special time called the ?Brahma Mahurat?, doing ?yog? or meditation for three hours. Participants can choose from options like Naad Yog, Hath Yog, Dhrupad and Kutiyattam for this. This will be followed by the ?Shram Dan?, with an idea to give back a cleaner place to the hosts than how they gave it to the participants. The participants will then learn classical and folk forms of music and dance, traditional crafts, literature, arts etc from a celebrated Guru, who has mastered her skill in that particular art form, in a three hour long intensive workshop. There will be talks by eminent personalities, movie screenings and concerts in the afternoon. In the evening there will be classical music and dance concerts of some of the most distinguished artists like Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Vid Girija Devi, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Begum Parveen Sultana, Vid Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Vidushi Sudha Raghunathan, Vid Malavika Sarukkai, Us. Shahid Parvez, Pt. Rajan and SajanMisra, Us. Wasifuddin Dagar and Vid TM Krishna. This will be supplemented by holistic food that provides the necessary support to the body, mind and soul in this wonderful journey. On the penultimate day, participants will demonstrate what they have learnt from their Gurus on the stage. There will be an overnight concert which is the culmination of an intense experience created through five continuous performances of classical dance and music. On the last day, there will be trips to heritage sites like Kamakhya temple, Kaziranga National Park and Majuli islands, from which participants can select anyone trip. The participants do not pay anything for the entire convention except that they are required to sever all the ties with the outside world for a week and adhere to the routine prescribed for them. The week long experience mentioned is designed to teach one the difficult practice of connecting with the within. Watching and listening to great masters in their respective traditions can elevate them to much higher levels than the mundane existence of beings. Applications for registrations from participants are invited by SPIC MACAY. The registrations will remain open till 31st?March 2016, after which SPIC MACAY will shortlist the participants. A preference will be given to those who have not attended any conventions in the past. To register, an online form has to be filled which is available on?www.spicmacay.com. For any queries, one can also drop an email at?interconregistrations@spicmacay.com  

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