SPICMACAY lays down “Strings of India” on WTJU, Nov 30

SPICMACAY at UVA member Pallavi Swarup will stop by WTJU this Thursday afternoon, November 30, around 5 (est) to chat about an evening of Indian classical music on Saturday, December 2 at McLeod Hall.  There will also be interactive workshops on Friday, December 1, with demonstrations of how to improvise in Indian classical music with different melodies and rhythms.

The event will feature internationally-acclaimed sarodist Apratim Majumdar and Amit Chatterjee on tabla. Majumdar is an accomplished sarod player from Kolkata, West Bengal and is presently under the training of Dr. Pradip Kumar Chakraborty, one of the senior most disciples of Pandit Ravi Shankar. He is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India, and was awarded the ‘Sur Mani’ title by Sur Singar Samsad (Mumbai). Majumdar travels and performs extensively around the world, regularly visiting Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, and the United States.
The concert will be preceded by a reception from 6-7pm featuring free Indian snacks. The program is free and open to the public and parking is available in the South Garage, near the McLeod Hall. Please join us on December 2nd to experience the beauty and richness of Apratim Majumdar’s music.

Majumdar and Chatterjee will lead an interactive workshop the day before the concert, on December 1st, from 4-5:30pm in UVA’s Old Cabell Hall, Room 107. The artists will demonstrate how they improvise with different melodies and rhythms in concert. No musical experience is needed and this event is open to everyone.

The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) is a nonpolitical, voluntary youth movement which promotes intangible aspects of Indian cultural heritage by promoting Indian classical music, classical dance, folk music, yoga, meditation, crafts, and other aspects of Indian culture. The organization seeks to foster traditional Indian values and to generate awareness of the cultural traditions and heritage of India. In order to achieve its goals, SPICMACAY organizes concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, informal discussions, and talks by eminent scholars and thinkers.

SPICMACAY was started in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth who recognized a need to educate the youth of India about their cultural heritage. The organization has grown over the years to over 300 chapters around the world.

SPICMACAY at UVA, established in 1990, is one of only 10 chapters in the United States. In the past 25 years, the chapter has organized scores of events featuring leading artists all of whom are preeminent in their fields. SPICMACAY at UVA also promotes talented students and community members by providing a platform for artists to present their work.The organization has flourished over the years through the service of dedicated student volunteers, staff, faculty, and generous contributions and support from the Charlottesville community. Events bring hundreds of attendees from all walks of life together to experience the beauty and richness of Indian art forms.

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