Colours of Life – Holi at IIMU!

The colours of life came back to full sparkle once again at IIMU when the Holi celebrations reached to full fervor in the campus. The festival was celebrated in the campus with everyone involved in full enthusiasm in sharing the sweets, spreading gulaal and dancing to the traditional Holi songs.

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Holika Dahan was organized by CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIM Udaipur on the eve of Holi. Students from the Society of Arts joined hands to decorate the campus grounds with beautiful colours. Holika Dahan symbolizes blessings and the students prayed together to bask the sanctity of the occasion. The Holi morning started on a high note with everyone playing Holi with colours and water.

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The festival proved a true testimony to the fact that togetherness lifts the mood of celebrations on festivals to a different level. All the batches of PGP and PGPX united and together played Holi for the entire day. They were joined by the foreign students who are currently on a visit to India for their entrepreneurial venture in collaboration with IIMU students. They were imbibed in the culture and joined the IIMU students in playing Holi and for the delicious lunch with thandai and sweets prepared by the Mess staff for the festive occasion.

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Food Festival Week – The way of life at IIMU!

Celebrations and cheers continue to be written time and again in the cultural activities at IIM Udaipur. And the week saw a new addition in IIMU’s activities horizon with the second edition of the eagerly awaited food festival, The Food Fiesta – 2014 organized from 2nd – 6th March, 2014. Students at IIMU strive to maintain a fine balance between academics and the co-curricular activities. The essence of sharing, joy, happiness and the spirit of celebrations are revered in this five day long festival jointly organized by CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIM Udaipur and MesscommThe Mess Committee of IIM Udaipur.

Day 1 : Bengali Cuisine

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The student members of each clubs as well as volunteer representatives work in collaboration to help the staff prepare sumptuous delicacies covering the cuisines of different parts of India. All the five days see a different theme and the students leading the way for a day dress up accordingly, present dance and musical numbers pertaining to the theme.

Day 2 : Rajasthani Cuisine

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The flavor of the food is enhanced by the hospitality and the culture where the PGP-1s serve the food to their seniors, PGP-2s and the PGPX students along with the faculty.

Day 3 : Gujarati and Maharashtrian Cuisine

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The sweets, dances, music, decorations and the enthusiastic involvement by the staff, students and the faculty made the festival successful.

Day 4 : South Indian Cuisine

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IRISThe Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing the glimpse of the festival.

Day 5 : Awadhi and Punjabi Cuisine

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Second Edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest organized at IIM Udaipur!

“Management is a science that should be taught in an artful manner”.

In keeping with its unique style and commitment to din that admonition into the state of mind of the student managers of IIMU, Potpourri – The Literary Club of IIM Udaipur presented the second edition of The Udaipur Leapday Lit Fest on 28th February, 2014. Under the theme, “Odyssey of Expressions”, the event proved to be a spellbinding consuetude where some of the best minds from the world of arts and literature came together on a common platform to enrich the ever hungry literary souls of IIMU.

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The precursor to the event started a week prior with The Udaipur Amazing Race, a one of its kind event held to explore the city of Udaipur like never before. Udaipur, the City of Lakes and Palaces with its rich, diverse and beautiful locales provides a unique setting for this race with a back drop of a cultural milieu. The race is a treasure hunt competition and tests the students for their out of the box thinking, attitude, negotiation skills and a grasp on both the in campus and out campus locations to crack the clues.

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A total of 20 teams participated in the first elimination round where 8 teams had to be shortlisted for the next level of the race. A total of 8 clues were placed in different locations in the campus. The clues are designed to test the most basic of common sense among the participants and a way to figure out the most quirky things about the life in IIMU campus. First set of 8 teams to find out the clues ran in the actual race, the actual mania. Each team was provided a fixed budget from which they had to figure out all the day’s travelling and other expenses. The fun part is that each clue deciphered the next location and thus tested the real negotiation (read Jugaad) skills to convince the city autorickshaw owners to travel with the participants throughout the city for a day and that too on a meagre budget.

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The first clue in this race’s edition took the participants to the Royal Cemetery which is a huge structure spread across a large area. The participants had to figure out from the clue to drive towards the next location where a sumptuous portion of Daal Baati awaited them to be finished as a part of the tasks in the race. The Baati’s taste left them with the next clue, a run towards the Dai Mata Ki Baoli. The clue there landed the teams straight into the cold water for three dips in the Pichola Lake at the Ghangour Ghats. The real crazy part began here when all the completely drenched participants had to sell handicrafts to complete strangers on the street. The teams running everywhere took every onlooker to surprise and left most of them querying if a film shooting was in place there. The participants exerted physically by then had to push their stamina beyond limits. Recollecting the strength, the teams had to trek the hill to reach the Karni Mata Mandir. Some quit and some could not figure out the clues to reach. But the enchanting view from the top of the summit refreshed the complete day’s exhaustion. Then started a run to Shilpgram, The Handicrafts Village where the teams had to complete the tasks of pottery artefacts and garland making. From there began, a cycle race back to the campus. Throughout the event, picture snippets and video clipping of the various participants in various stages of races were tweeted live and trended the Social Media channels of IIMU. Raghuram and Hari Prasad from PGP-1 won the race showcasing brilliant sporting attitude, perseverance and skills. Potpourri ensures with ado to imbibe the flavour of art and culture in every task of its farrago of activities.

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The curtain raiser to the Lit Fest saw an evening filled with a dash of entertainment, drama and humor when the Society of Dramatics collaborated with Potpourri to present a satirical play, Kanjoosa Hazrat Awara adaptation of a popular French Play by Moliere. Dramatics fans from Udaipur turned up in the campus for this sumptuous comic appetizer. The visual setting, audience cheering and applauds set the right mood for the Lit Fest.

The Lit Fest day began with the lamp lighting by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIMU. Light is synonymous with the spreading of knowledge, wisdom and hope. And the enthusiastic students, speakers, faculty comprising prominently Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, Prof. Vandana Swami, Prof. Thomas Joseph and Prof.  N. Vishwanathan along with the audience indulged in talks to exchange experiences and thoughts to assay the notion.

For the literary minds, first panel discussion saw Mr. Nikhil Sachan, an IIT-BHU and IIMK alumnus and author of last year’s Hindi bestseller Namak Swadanusar, discussing the issues which young writers face. He also spoke in detail about the publishing industry’s intricacies, falling popularity of Hindi and other regional literature as well as the challenges faced by budding writers. Nikhil also recited some of the poems from his body of work which are close to his heart and through which he connected with young audience. He was accompanied well by the second panelist, Mr. Chetan Mahajan, author of The Bad Boys of Bokaro. Chetan touched the audience with a sensitive note of his storytelling experiences, narratives which went into shaping his book, social issues and tips for aspiring writers.

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Following the literary discussion, began an hour of Mrs. Vidya Rao, Classical Singer and Editor, speaking from the podium. She mesmerized the audience with her sweet and cherubic renditions of Thumri when her mellifluous voice filled everyone’s hearts in the auditorium. Her journey of evolving as an artist and her views on people, expression, arts, music, dance, love and life left everyone awestruck.

A photography exhibition of Prof. Mahesh Sharma’s collection depicting the various shades of life in Udaipur enthralled the audience. The speakers also distributed books and CDs of their works among the participants.

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The event culminated with a talk by celebrated Painter and Sculptor, Mr. Sidharth. He shared his experiences as an artist, the power of expression and the spirit of arts as a medium of communication and change. He also painted a portrait of Gautam Buddha in the fest and gifted it to IIMU as a token of souvenir.

Udaipur Lit Fest is the only Lit Fest conducted in an educational institute in India. And it conveys the very message of IIMU’s Uniqueness and Diversity with elan. The speakers congratulated the Potpourri team for conducting the event. The event ended on a thanking note to the audience and the sponsors viz., The Times of India, Learning Quotient, Sojatia Classes, Big 92.7 FM, Kaju’s Pizza and Lake City Mall. And the audience left with a promissory word from Potpourri to return next year bigger, better and more opulent. A week in the name of Literature, Arts, Music, Dance and Life. Cheers Potpourri!

Salsa Workshop at IIMU!

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

IIM Udaipur strives to inculcate a vibrant spirit in its students to promote cultural awareness and continue a process of unearthing and nourishing unconventional talent. A right mix of academic and cultural activities conducted by the various student clubs & committees provide ample scope to try out new ideas and polish implementation skills to develop traits like team building and leadership in an outré approach.

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Society of Dance under the umbrella of CulcommThe Cultural Committee of IIMU conducted a week long salsa workshop in IIM Udaipur. Led by Kunal GulatiPGP-1, the workshop saw an enthusiastic response from the student community willing to learn this innovative dance form.

Salsa has several forms and primarily Cuban salsa was taught to the participants. This form of salsa involves significant physical flexibility and stamina. The students, novice in the art form put in a lot of hard work, esteem and patience to master this art. “Initially, one gets dizzy when the turns are taught but once you have passed that beginner’s phase, you realize how fun salsa can be!” complimented D. Sunil Kumar, Naveen Kumar, Neha Singh and Stuti Agarwal, students of PGP-1.

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The initial two days of the workshop included the basic movements in salsa to make the participants comfortable and to assess the level of competence of individuals and partners. To ease the process of learning, the partners were frequently switched while practicing a movement.

The different dance moves which were taught in the workshop were spot turn, cross body walk, cross body turn and open break. And advance steps which were covered in the workshop were Lasso, Sombrero and Bachata.

The final day of the workshop culminated with all the participants giving a dance performance with their partners. IRISThe Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in capturing some amazing moments of the workshop.