SPIC MACAY, the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth is a non-profit, voluntary, apolitical and participatory movement of young people. It is dedicated to enriching education through the spread and appreciation of India's classical heritage and the aesthetics of the Indian classical milieu, especially those of the performing arts. Its aim is to inculcate the spirit of India's classical music and art among youth by organizing concerts, workshops and demonstrative lectures on India's classical music and art, all year round.
SPIC MACAY seeks to conserve and promote an awareness of this rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry amongst the youth of this country through focus on the classical arts, with their attendant legends, rituals, mythology and philosophy and to facilitate an awareness of their deeper and subtler values.
The hidden agenda of the movement however, would be manifold, namely, to inculcate a sense of service in a truly voluntary spirit, to be custodians of one's own culture and to appreciate and internalize the subtle values enshrined in the arts. The movement appeals to the young energy of the student, seeing as it does, the value of the formative years in school and college.
The SPIC MACAY had a glorious start at NITIE, in 2002, with a Mohan Veena concert by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Since then there has been no looking back. NITIE is one of the most active members of the Mumbai SPICMACAY chapter and gets the choicest of concerts in both Viraasat, and Fest the annual series of concerts held by SPICMACAY, Mumbai.
Padma Talwalkar (Vocal), Nayan Ghosh (Sitar), Sultan Khan (Sarangi), Raja Kale (Vocal), Sonal Mansingh (Odissi), Ustad Abdul Haleem Jaffer Khan, Pt. Buddhadev Das Gupta (Sarod), Shri Aditya Kalyanpur (Tabla) and Shri Rupak Kulkarni (Flute) are some virtuosos whom NITIE has been fortunate enough to host.
In addition to concerts, SPICMACAY, NITIE also organizes a number of cultural events like painting competitions, poetry recitals, quizzes and movie shows aimed at heightening awareness of Indian culture among the members of the NITIE community.