SPIC MACAY and The Nehru Centre celebrate ‘Virasat 2014’ in London

SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a voluntary movement which organises about 8000 events in 1500 schools and colleges in 400 cities around the world every year to promote Indian classical music and culture.

Jul 31, 2014 12:07 IST India Infoline News Service

SPIC MACAY and the Nehru Centre are delighted to be jointly celebrating ‘Virasat 2014’ in London at the Nehru Centre from July 28 to August 1, 2014.  SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a voluntary movement which organises about 8000 events in 1500 schools and colleges in 400 cities around the world every year to promote Indian classical music and culture.

The Nehru Centre is the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission headed by Minister of Culture Sangeeta Bahadur under the direction of High Commissioner of India Ranjan Mathai.

The London Virasat 2014 festival is seeking to introduce to children, youth and communities in London the richness of Indian cultural heritage through lecture-demonstrations and concerts. The aim of the festival is to help audiences to familiarise themselves with the nuances of India’s various music and dance art forms. The festival will be inaugurated on Monday, July 28 2014 at 6:30 pm. Indian High Commissioner His Excellency Mr. Ranjan Mathai, Chairman Advisory Board of SPIC MACAY UK - Sumit Jamuar, Founder of India Inc. Manoj Ladwa, Member of Parliament representing Southall & Ealing constituency RT Hon Virendra Sharma MP, Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan - Nanda Kumar and key members of the Indian diaspora are expected to be present.
 
Speaking to the media Ms. Bahadur said, “The Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Indian High Commission have been encouraging and inviting artistes from India to perform at the Nehru Centre. We are working closely with SPIC MACAY to make Virasat 2014 a success. We are delighted to have direct encouragement and support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.”
 

Executive Chairman of Global Gene Corp, Sumit Jamuar, who serves as Chairman of the UK Advisory Board for SPIC MACAY, said, “The Hindi term Virasat means legacy and we are delighted to be partnering with the Nehru Centre to bring London Virasat 2014 to the UK. We hope this event in London will encourage people to not only enjoy Indian classical music and dance but also become ambassadors to further this cause.”
 
Chief Executive for SPIC MACAY (UK) Lakshmi Kaul said, “Indian classical art forms are a beautiful synthesis of centuries of civilisation. The emphasis of Virasat 2014 is on an experiential introduction to India’s classical music and dance to the audience. We hope this will encourage people to involve themselves in our effort to promote India’s artistic heritage abroad.”
 
The festival will open with an audio visual presentation to introduce various forms of Indian classical music and dance. There is also a beautiful exhibition curated and made by children between 6 to 15 years on the same theme. Sarod maestro Ustad Wajahat Khan will speak on cultural preservation, evolution and the role of SPIC MACAY in promoting India’s classical arts for 37 years in India and around the world. Ustad Wajahat Khan's father, the legendary Ustad Imrat Khan, had presented the first concert for SPIC MACAY back in 1977.
 
Through the event a Bharatanatyam dance workshop will be conducted for beginners and children by Guru Usha Raghavan on July 29 from 3 to 6 pm. Lecture-demonstration programmes by eminent artistes including Kathak Guru Pratap Pawar will be held on July 29 at 6:30 pm, Bharatanatyam Guru Usha Raghavan on July 30 at 6:30 pm and Ustad Wajahat Khan on August 1 at 6:30 pm.

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