SPIC MACAY: Raison d’etre

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  • SPIC MACAY: Raison detre Reasons for its existence ( Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) Education: Gateway to Information Or Knowledge & Wisdom?

  • A Macroscopic ViewNon- formal EducationSchoolsCollegesUniversityMaking it at any cost.UninspiredSelf-centeredPractical products.InformationInformationInformationBrightest take up other jobsMany JoblessRemaining join as teachers ( barring exceptions)

  • DISCONTENTMENT.DISHONESTY. Eg. LARGE SCALE COPYING IN EXAM, CLASSES NOT BEING TAUGHT.A GRAB FOR POWER. Eg. STUDENT UNIONS, ETC.UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES CLOSED FOR A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE TIME. A GENERAL APATHY.

    RESULT

  • WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR BRIGHTEST STUDENTS?PROFESSIONAL COURSESBRIGHT STUDENTSENGINEERINGMEDICINEBUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONADMINISTRATIVE SERVICESETC.

  • ABSTRACT COURSES (requiring the finest minds)OTHERSPHILOSOPHYLITERATUREPURE SCIENCESCLASSICAL ARTSCLASSICAL LANGUAGESETC.

  • RESULTSINCREASING GROSSNESS IN SOCIETY.INABILITY TO GRASP SUBTLE & ABSTRACT CONCEPTS. EXAMPLES: THE WAY OUR FESTIVALS ARE BEING CELEBRATED.

    CONFLICTS IN THE NAME OF RELIGION.

    ABSTRACT & MEDITATIVE ART FORMS LIKE DHRUPAD & KOODIYATTAM ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION.

    BRIGHT COLOURS, GAUDY LIGHTS, BLARING MICROPHONES.

    RESEARCH WORK IN UNIVERSITIES: CURSORY & SHALLOW.

  • TWO MODELS WORTH EXAMINING1. MODERN MODEL: (where we are heading)PRIVATIZATION INCREASE IN THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF ALL PARTIESMONEY AND TIME PRESSURERESULT:GREATER EFFICIENCY IN THE TRANSFER OF INFORMATION2. TRADITIONAL GURUKUL MODEL: ( not possible to use without modifications in the contemporary context) NO MONETARY & TIME PRESSURESUBTLETY, INSPIRATION, ABSTRACTION & RESPECT FOR THE MYSTICAL FORM THE KEY INPUTS.

    RESULT:OUTPUT OF THE HIGHEST ORDER

  • SUFI MYSTIC HAZARAT INAYAT KHANS DESCRIPTION OF THE FOUR STAGES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ART:

    IMITATIVE ART

    2. SUGGESTIVE ART3. CREATIVE ART4. THE FOURTH ASPECT CAN ONLY BE DEVELOPED THROUGH MEDITATION, BECAUSE IT COMES LIKE A MIRACLE. IT IS NO LONGER ONLY ART BUT IS A DIRECT EXPRESSION OF THE SOUL

  • A SIMILAR IDEA MAY BE APPLIED TO EDUCATION1. IMITATIVE STAGE: Eg. 2+2=4SUGGESTIVE STAGE: Eg. SOLVING SIMPLE PROBLEMS,THE SOLUTION

    OF WHICH IS NOT TOLD TO US

    CREATIVE STAGE: Eg. DEVELOPING NEW MODELS & SOLUTIONS USING

    NEW IDEAS - ORIGINAL RESEARCH WORK

    4. MEDITATIVE STAGE

  • REACHING THE FOURTH STAGE RESULTS IN THE COMMONALITY OF EXPERIENCES AS EXPERIENCED BY:AN ARTISTA MATHEMATICIANA PERSON IN LITERATUREAN ASTRONOMERETC.

    TO SUCH A PERSON WE GIVE A TITLE:Ph.D. ( THE NAME OF THE SUBJECT) i.e.DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY ( the road he took to reach that state)TODAY THERE ARE VERY FEW TRUE Ph.Ds.

  • DISCRIMINATION BETWEEN STAGES 3 & 4 IS CRITICAL.

    A CREATIVE GENIUS CAN REACH THE HIGHEST POINT OF STAGE 3,BUT A QUALITATIVE STEP JUMP IS REQUIRED TO REACH STAGE 4.

    THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HITLER & A LORD BUDDHA.MODERN SYSTEM: AT BEST IN STAGE 3 .PRESENT INDIAN SYSTEM: BARELY AT STAGE 2.

  • TEACHERTAUGHTRELATIONSHIP VERY DELICATEAPPLICATION OF PRESSUREEFFICIENT TRANSFER OF INFORMATION(MODERN SYSTEM)

    RAJSIK

    NO PRESSUREINEFFICIENT TRANSFER OF INFORMATION (PRESENT INDIAN SYSTEM)TAMSIKNO PRESSURE + INSPIRATION & ABSTRACTIONHIGHEST ORDER OF EDUCATION (TRADITIONAL SYSTEM)SATVIK

  • WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF THE TRADITIONAL SYSTEM & HOW CAN THEY BE USED TODAY?GURUS - BRIGHT & INSPIRED: FORM THE CREAM OF THE SOCIETY IN

    THE WEST. THE BRIGHTEST STILL JOIN EDUCATION THERE. IN INDIA MOSTLY THE OTHERS.

    A BIG RESPONSIBILTY LIES IN THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE JOINED ITBY CHOICE. THE BRIGHT STUDENTS MUST BE WORKED AT. BEING SMALL IN NUMBER THEY MUST NETWORK.

    IF DELHI UNIVERSITY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (DUTA) CAN BE FORMED, WHY NOT A CREATIVE TEACHERS UNION (CTU)!. EXPOSE BRIGHT STUDENTS TO HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONISTS THROUGH INVITED LECTURES & VISITING FACULTY (to be carefully chosen).

  • INSPIRATION- CANNOT NECESSARILY COME 8-9AM ON

    MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS.

    THE SHISHYA CANNOT LIVE WITH THE GURU IN THE EXISTING FRAMEWORK, BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE MUST BE SENT TO LIVE WITH INSPIRED HUMAN BEINGS PERIODICALLY.SCHOOLS, COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES MUST INVITE SUCH PEOPLETO BE IN RESIDENCE FROM TIME TO TIME.CARE MUST BE TAKEN TO ENCOURAGE THE REALLY BRIGHT &PERCEPTIVE.

  • NUMBER OF TRUE GURUS IS SMALL.HOW CAN WE REACH OUT TO THE LARGE MASS OF THE STUDENT POPULATION?ANSWER LIES IN OUR HERITAGEIT EMBODIES : SUBTLETY ABSTRACTION INSPIRATION & RESPECT FOR THE MYSTICALTHE FOUR KEY ELEMENTS MISSING IN EDUCATION TODAY.NO EFFORT BY SOCIETY OR HOME- EDUCATIONISTS MUST TAKE UP THE MANTLE.

  • HOW ?

  • 1. IN SCHOOLS: WHILE CHILDREN ARE ASSEMBLING DURING BREAKS IN DAY SCHOOLS & DURING MEAL TIMES IN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS, CLASSICAL MUSIC SHOULD BE PLAYED OVER THE SOUND SYSTEM.THE DAY MUST BEGIN WITH: YOGA & MEDITATION

    TAUGHT BY A PROPER YOGA GURU.

    NOT A MERE PHYSICAL EXERCISE OR A CURATIVE PRACTICE.

  • 3. ONCE A WEEK, AT LEAST, AN INSPIRATIONAL INPUT i) A CLASSICAL MUSIC OR DANCE LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION OR BAITHAK

    ii) A HIGH QUALITY PRESENTATION OF A FOLK FORMEg. BAULS IN BENGAL HARIKATHA EXPONENTS IN ANDHRA PHAD EXPONENTS IN RAJASTHANTHEY ARE CARRIERS OF NOT JUST AN ART FORM BUT OF A PHILOSOPHY OF LIFEiii) A TALK BY AN INSPIRED HUMAN BEING IN LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY OR ANY OTHER AREA OF HUMAN ENDEAVOUR.THE VENUE FOR ALL SUCH EVENTS MUST BE A PLACE WHERE STUDENTS WILL MOST NATURALLY COME & SHOULD BE DEVOID OF MUCH FORMALITY [Eg. COMMON ROOMS OF THE STUDENTS].

  • CAN THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA HELP?

  • TWO PROBLEMS:1. THE CONTROL OF THE ON-OFF KNOBS IS IN THE HANDS OF VIEWER

    2. MTV, STAR TV, DD, ZEE TVINCREASED COMPETITIONMORE TITTILATING PROGRAMMES OF THE TWO MINUTE MAGGIE NOODLE VARIETYINEVITABLE DECREASE IN PROGRAMMES OF DEPTH

  • HENCE THE KEY LIES NOT IN THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA BUT IN SCHOOLS,COLLEGES, & IN UNIVERSITIES.

    HERE WE HAVE CAPTIVE OR SEMI-CAPTIVE AUDIENCE WHOSE LEVEL CANBE RAISED BY REPEATED EXPOSURE TO THE BEST

  • IT MUST BE MADE CLEAR THAT WHAT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED ARE POSSIBLE LONG TERM SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS OF EDUCATION.

    THE SHORT TERM SOLUTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN EXAMINED IN THIS PRESENTATIONONE MIGHT ALSO COMMENT THAT ALL WHAT HAS BEEN PRESENTED SOUNDSGOOD ON PAPER- BUT WE HAVE IN OUR OWN LITTLE WAY EXPERIMENTEDWITH THESE IDEAS FOR THE PAST 27 YEARS & HAVE ACHIEVED A MEASURE OFSUCCESS

  • the quest continues

  • The vertical EYEthe inner Eye, the Eye of perception & inquiryever alert in the pursuit of truth

  • Historically

  • Chronologically speaking 1972197719801972-7619791979First FESTFirst Yoga Camp

  • Chronologically speaking 198119881995Virasat1982198619911993

  • Chronologically speaking 1972 The "big bang" of SPIC MACAY at New York1972-76Sporadic concerts at Columbia University, under the aegis of the India Club of Columbia University1977More defined direction in India1979A two-day programme at IIT Delhi of Ustad Bismillah Khan, Dagar Bandhu, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ustad Shahid Parvez1979First LEC-DEM series1980First FEST in a number of educational institutions all over Delhi1981First Yoga camp 1981SPIC MACAY in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Kharagpur1982First LEC-DEM in schools

  • Chronologically speaking 1986Introduction of folk arts & crafts, films & talks 1986Scholarship scheme and the first annual convention1988First programme conducted abroad 1991EYE Magazine 1993First schools convention 1995Virasat launched for the first time2001World Virasat2002Holistic Food2002SPIC MACAY Foundation programme

  • Conceptuallyaim is not to fight Westernisation but the process of deculturisation.

  • SPIC MACAY is an affirmation of .. the need to conserve & promotean awareness ofour rich cultural tapestryamong youth throughfocus on theclassical arts with its Rituals, Mythology & Philosophyand to facilitatean appreciation of their deeper values

  • the need for a critical mass an inspired perspective a solid value based educationabsorption of aesthetics & spirituality the movement is educational in spirit & character andlocates itself in educational institutions in a world bombarded with information increasingly technical, mundane competitive worldit provides

  • Aspires to capture the pulsating & dynamic vitality of youth .. incorporates this vitality to cajole theminto being custodians of what is actually their birthright namely their heritage, roots & identity seeks to provoke thought & a genuine spirit of enquiry in the young

  • The spirit of Voluntary work effectiveness of voluntary work in inculcating a spirit of service volunteers from all walks of life emphasis on participation without hierarchy & formalism.

  • VIRASAT A festival with performances & workshops infolk and classical artsfilm classicscraftsta