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I had heard a lot about SPIC MACAY- a non-political nationwide voluntary movement that organizes programmes of classical music and dance, folk arts, crafts, yoga, classic cinema screenings, heritage walks, etc. inside school and college campuses throughout the world to make students more aware about Indian and world heritage. Being a Science person I was never too much into music and dance, though I always had an ear and appreciation for both.

I was completely in awe of our Indian culture when recently I got an opportunity to attend the 1st International Convention for Schools organized by SPIC MACAY in Bengaluru along with five students of my school. The lush green expansive campus of DPS North welcomed children from 125 schools and 20 states and was a perfect host for the entire week.

Despite a rigorous six day schedule of getting up at 3:30 a.m for morning yoga and going to bed by 10p.m after the evening concert, all of us enjoyed every bit of it. The children participated in a plethora of activities in the intensive workshops from 9 a.m to 12pm by ‘gurus’ who were either National or State Awardee’s in their respective fields.

We were privileged to witness some of the traditional art forms of various states like Yakshagana and Huliveesha of the state of Karnatak, Gotipua of Orissa and Togalu Gombeyata –Puppetry of Karnataka. We also saw live performances of some world renowned artists like Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar(Dhrupad), Vidwan T.N Krishnan (Carnatic Violin), Vidushi Jayanti Kumaresh ( Veena) and Shri Rajendra Gangani (Kathak) to name a few.

The food served comprised of traditional Kannada recipies each day that were nutritious and light on the stomach. Being born and brought up in North India we were familiar with the usual idlis, vadas and sambhar curry but Bengaluru had a lot in store for us. We tasted the heavenly Curd rice, the mouth watering Lemon rice and Sakkarai pongal, the yummylicious Allugedda and Mysore Pak apart from the regular Medu Vadas and Rava Idlis

Apart from providing a cultural experience and strengthening the social bond this trip helped all of us to build our problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative learning skills.

Shilpi Agarwal
TGT Science

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Lucknow