The SPICMACAY chapter at Hari Shree Vidyalayam was inaugurated in August 2010. SPICMACAY is a movement formed to help disseminate the best of not only India’s but also the world’s classical heritage in educational institutions. It seeks to conserve and promote an awareness of this rich and heterogeneous cultural tapestry amongst the youth through focus on the classical arts, and to facilitate an awareness of their deeper and subtler values. The chapter aims to sensitize the younger generation to the rich, heterogeneous, and glorious Indian culture and the world’s classical heritage.

Intricate Rhythm at School
October 5, 2015  

The school played host to a cultural event organized by SPICMACAY, the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth. Eleven artistes from Manipur enthralled the students of our school with traditional ‘Drum Dances’ of Manipur called the ‘Pung Cholom Sankirtan’ and the ‘Dhol Dholak Cholom’.

The event started with a prayer song by students and a welcome address by a class X member of the school cultural committee and an introduction to the traditional dances of Manipur. The performance by the dancers, who simultaneously played the ‘Dholak’, was a masterful display of synchronisation, agility, rhythm, discipline and skill. An appreciative audience, consisting of students from classes II to V and X to XII, cheered and clapped during the one hour programme. The artistes were thanked and adorned with ‘kumkum’ and ‘chandan’ in keeping with our traditions.

- As reported by the MFK team

Yakshagana Performance at CHSV

22nd September 2014

In collaboration with the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY), Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam presented a YAKSHAGANA performance by Shivananda Hegde & Group from Sri Idagunji Mahaganapati  Yakshagana Mandali on 22nd September. Myth and legend came to life in our school AV room as the Yakshaganam troupe from Karnataka performed the mythological story ‘Vaali moksha’. Clad in colourful, gorgeous costumes, head gear and elaborate make up, the Yakshagana performers enamoured the audience with their gripping depiction of the events leading to ‘Vaali moksha’. Language was not a barrier and the students eagerly relished every scene. The dying scene of Vaali was so poignant that the audience watched in pin drop silence, breaking into thunderous applause as the scene ended.


With the help of SPICMACAY, we plan to give our students the rich experience of listening to senior artists of Carnatic and Hindustani music, at least a couple of times a year, in our own premises!

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