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Spic Macay back with Fest 2013

- Cultural gala to start from January 18

The cultural calendar of educational institutes will go chock-a-block for four months starting January 18.

A host of well-known artistes will regale young audiences across the state, courtesy Spic Macay. The organisation, which promotes classical music and Indian culture among youngsters, is back with Fest 2013. The cultural extravaganza, which will be inaugurated by renowned kathak exponent Shovana Narayan on January 18, will continue till April.

“Shovanaji will inaugurate the fest at two institutes, one in Dhanbad and the other in Bokaro. However, we are yet to decide the cradles. Thereafter, she will perform in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Hazaribagh,” said state co-ordinator of Spic Macay Rajeev Ranjan.

Spic Macay has also decided to invite five popular Indian artistes to perform in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Hazaribagh.

“Yes, we will be roping in five well-known performers. The names are to be confirmed. Last year, we had invited artistes like sarangi player Kamal Sabri and classical singer Rita Ganguly. Besides, we also staged Gotipua, a traditional dance form of Odisha,” Ranjan added.

The Jharkhand chapter of Spic Macay organises two cultural festivals in the state every year — Fest and Virasat.

While at Fest, the artistes present live performances, Virasat is a more interactive platform where the performers also deliver lectures about the particular art form they present before the audience.

“After Fest, we will organise Virasat 2013, which will start from May and continue till December-end,” Ranjan said.

Spic Macay is also planning a special programme for rural areas. Called Rural School Intensive, the week-long cultural festival will be exclusively meant for cradles located in villages.

“As the name suggests, we will be organising this festival for schoolchildren only. We will bring together the students to one particular venue and organise dance, songs, art and craft workshops for them,” Ranjan said.