SPICMACAY@IISER is a chapter of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth. Started in India in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth at IIT, Delhi SPICMACAY now has over 300 chapters all over India and the world. SPICMACAY organizes concerts, lecture-demonstrations, Baithaks (informal talks), workshops and seminars on Indian classical music, classical dance, folk music, dance and art. In doing so, not only does SPICMACAY@IISER bring renowned masters of Indian music and dance to IISER and Pune, but it also supports talented upcoming artists, giving them a platform to perform on a national stage.

SPICMACAY@IISER is run by student volunteers at IISER, Pune.

We also receive logistic and volunteer support from the Pune Chapter of SPICMACAY.


About spicmacay

Sreevalsan J Menon is an extremely talented yet lesser known Carnatic vocalist. He is a fresh and innovative art
ist with a lot of harnessed potential. His rigorous training and dedication to the spirit of classical music sets him apart from the crowd.

Born in 1970 at Trissur in Kerala and trained initially under Mrs. Rajalakshmi Krishnan and violinist T V Ramani, he is one of the most poignant and impactful voices in the industry.He had much of his advanced tutelage under the influential and impressive guru Padmasri Neyyattinkara Vasudevan.

He is currently a resident of Tripunithura, Kerala. He has performed in prestigious platforms in USA, Canada, Africa and the UAE and is also an 'A' grade artist of All India Radio. His jugalbandis with Hindustani musicians and Kathakali musicians have received wide acclaim. Among his accolades are awards by the Madras Music Academy,
the title of Nada Oli by Nada Inbam, Chennai and Krishna Gana Sabha award, Chennai.


Sreevalsan has to his name albums which may be few, but by no means lacking in variety or quality. He has brought music to myriad themes like Krishnaprema-songs, a popular and lyrical Malayalam short-story Vanaprastham, love poems of Swati Tirunal and even an album called 'My Mother's Laptop', an exploration into the human mind.

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Hello Everyone!

SPIC MACAY is going to have a series of events in the coming week for Virasat Week at IISER (Sep 8- Sep 15).

  1. 1)"Traditional Technologies and Worldviews"

Talk by Shri Ravindra Sharma

Date: 8th September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: C-201, HR4

What is ‘technology’ and how is it woven into everyday social and economic relationships'.  Sculptor and thinker Shri. Ravindra Sharma explores this question from the perspective of traditional Indian societies. A recipient of the Kalaratna award, Shri. Sharma has thought deeply about technology, design and aesthetics, and their place in shaping the very social fabric—samajikta—that allows them to flourish. After training in the fine arts from JNTU Hyderabad and MSU Baroda in the late 1970s, he returned to his home in Adilabad to found Kala Ashram—a haven for local artisan and technologist communities. Kala Ashram receives a multitude of visitors ranging from artisans and artists to development officials, scientists, administrators and scholars who want to understand Indian society from the grassroots. Shri Sharma has shared his experiences as the anchor of Kala Ashram and as a craftsman in rural Telangana with audiences as varied as local wood carvers to students and faculty in elite institutions.

NOTE : The speaker will be speaking in Hindi.


  1. 2)Movie Classic Screening :  

Sonar Kella directed by Satyajit Ray

(based on the novel 'Sonar Kella' by Satyajit Ray).

Date: 9th September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: C-201, HR4

Mukul, a young boy who is being haunted by memories of his previous life. He is taken to Dr. Hajra, a parapsychologist, for treatment. On discovering some drawings by Mukul that represent scenes from the past, the believes that a fortress in the drawings may be in Rajasthan. Dr. Hajra decides to take Mukul on a trip to Rajasthan in the hope that it might be a cure. A newspaper reports alerts some bandits. They kidnap Mukul in hope of getting their hands on the treasure. The detective Feluda is engaged, along with his assistant Tapesh, to recover the child.

NOTE: The movie is in Bengali but will have English subtitles.


  1. 3)Dance Recital by Gaur Kumar and Troupe

(Purulia Chhau performance)

Date: 10th September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: LHC - CV Raman Auditorium

Chhau Dance is a genre of tribal martial dance that is popular in the Indian states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. The dance form originated in the erstwhile princely state of Mayurbhanj as mock fights of the Oriya Paikas (warriors) who fought rhythmically to the accompaniment of indigenous musical instruments. Today, there are three subgenres of the dance, based on its places of origin and development. Seraikela Chau was developed in Seraikela, Jharkhand, Mayurbhanj Chhau was developed in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa while Purulia Chau was developed in Purulia district of West Bengal.


  1. 4)Dance Recital by Sangeeta Das

(Odissi prformance)

Date: 11th September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: LHC - CV Raman Auditorium

Odissi, the classical dance form of Orissa distinguishes itself as one of the eight Indian classical dance forms. Odissi dance deals largely with the love theme of Radha and Krishna and distinguishes itself from other dance forms in its unique rhythm, the bhangas (poses) and mudras (hand gestures).


  1. 5)Concert by Pt. Waseem Ahmed Khan

(Hindustani classical vocal performance)

Date: 12th September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: LHC - CV Raman Auditorium

Hindustani classical music is the North Indian style of Indian classical music and is known as Hindustani Sangeet. It is a tradition that originated in Vedic ritual chants and has been evolving ever since. Some of the major vocal forms associated with Hindustani Sangeet are the kheyal, gazal, and thumri. Other styles which are also important are the dhrupad, dhamar, and tarana.



  1. 6)Concert by Pt. Tejender Narayan Mujumdar

(Sarod performance)

Date: 12th September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: LHC - CV Raman Auditorium

The Sarod, a string instrument used mainly in Indian classical music is believed by some to have descended from the Afghan Rabab, a similar instrument originating in Central Asia and Afghanistan. The name sarod roughly translates to "beautiful sound" or "melody" in Persian, one of the many languages spoken in Afghanistan.



Secretary -

Prashant Uniyal

Joint Secretary -

Snehal Kadam

Treasurer -

Prachiti Moghe

Coordinators -

Arvind B,

Prachi Shinde,

Amruta Nayak,

Saket Bagde and

V.R. Shree Srutil

Faculty Coordinator -

Dr. Ngaraj Balasubramanian