|Born||April 27, 1949|
|Alma mater||IIT Kharagpur, Columbia University|
|Known for||SPIC MACAY|
Kiran Seth (born 1949) is an Indian academician, Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi since 1976, and is most known as the founder of SPIC MACAY (1977), a non-profit organization which promotes Indian classical music, Indian classical dance, and other aspects Indian culture, amongst youth the world over; through its about 500 chapters and through conventions, baithaks, lectures and musical fests.
Early life and education
Seth was born on 28 April 1949. Seth's father, Bhojraj Seth, was a mathematician and the first professor at the IIT Kharagpur, established in 1951, while his mother Bhagawathi Seth was a housewife, and whose singing bhajans was the only musical influence he had as a child. After completion of schooling from Modern School in Delhi, Seth secured AIR (All India Rank) 28 in the prestigious Joint Entrance Examination (IIT- JEE). Seth was one of the toppers of Mechanical Engineering (B.Tech) from IIT Kharagpur in the year 1970, after which he did his MS in 1971 and Ph.D. in 1974 from Columbia University in New York.
He started his career working as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) at Bell Laboratories, New Jersey in 1974, a job he gave up to return to India in 1976 to teach and do research work at IIT Delhi, where he has been working ever since. It was at IIT Delhi that he founded SPIC MACAY in 1977.
He has been member of several committees and boards, including, Central Advisory Board of Education, General Council of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Executive Board of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, and Advisory Board (Education) of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.
Seth is credited with setting up the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) in 1977, a society that has done phenomenal amount of work in the area of promoting classical music and culture amongst school and colleges in India and more recently in different parts of the world.
This is the biggest, non profit, voluntary, cultural, youth movement in independent India. Its contribution to Indian classical music & dance is unparalleled. Generations of Indians are today aware of Indian classical music and in a position to appreciate it, thanks to the efforts of Seth.
Today the movement conducts thousands of concerts, lec-dems, talks, yoga workshops, classic film shows, theater shows and craft workshops all over in schools and colleges so that the young person is inspired and awakened.
Awards and recognition
- Padma Shri – by the Government of India in 2009.
- Distinguished Alumnus Award by the IIT Kharagpur in 2010.
- NDTV Indian of the Year under Arts and Culture category in 2009.
- Sahitya Kala Parishad Award.
- Sanskriti Award.
- Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan Award in 2009.
- Keshav Kothari Smriti Award.
- Ustad Chand Khan Award in 2009.
- Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award 2011.
- "Kiran Seth: Without playing a note, he makes music touch the lives of many". Mint (newspaper). Dec 12, 2007.
- "Keeping our virasat alive". The Tribune. December 7, 2003.
- "From rap to raga". The Hindu. Oct 30, 2003.
- "Discovery of India: Delegates at the SPIC MACAY National Convention tell..". Chennai, India: The Hindu. May 28, 2009.
- Bajoria, Jayshree (4 June 2004). "Young converts to Indian classics". BBC News.
- Ramchandra Guha (Dec 5, 2004). "The education of a Philistine:SPIC MACAY". Chennai, India: The Hindu.
- "Catch `em young: Kiran Seth, the founder of Spicmacay, has ...". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Oct 23, 2003.