With a view to promote Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY), National Institute of Technology - Karnataka, Surathkal will host the 27th national convention of Society in Mangalore from May 30 to June 3, 2012.
“Nearly 1,500 students from more than 200 SPIC-MACAY chapters spread over India and abroad will take part in this week-long event,” said Sandeep Sancheti, in-charge director, NITK.
According to Sancheti, “A unique feature of the convention that NITK is hosting for the second time Sancheti said is setting up of crafts village, with 20 craftsmen from all over India, who will display their wares and artistry for the benefit of local people.” The convention will feature 30 workshop/intensives by artists in various fields like classical dance, folk dance and classical music. All these intensives are planned so as to give students the opportunity to experience traditional ‘guru-shishya’ kind of learning. Ten eminent craftsmen and 10 intensives will be dedicated to Karnataka and coastal region. Yakshagana makeup/puppetry will be introduced in the intensives and few popular folk forms such as Dollu Kunitha presented, he said.
Also, a 'Mohan Veena' concert by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is being organized by the Mangalore chapter of SPIC-MACAY at Sharada Vidyalaya on December 5, 2011 as a curtain raiser to national convention.
The chairperson of Mangalore chapter of SPIC-MACAY, S G Mayya, said, “National convention will be projected as 'Karnataka convention' as it aims to invite participants from every district and provide opportunities to traditional folk arts and craftsmen. The event also coincides with silver jubilee celebration of Mangalore chapter of SPIC-MACAY. Pandit Bhatt will perform for nearly 90 minutes on Monday.”