Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015

Potpourri – The literary and debating club of IIM Udaipur is hosting The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest 2015, IIMU’s annual B-school literature festival in its Udaipur campus. This is the third such edition of the event, and is slated on the 28th of February this year, as every year.

The Udaipur LeapDay Litfest was conceived by the first batch of students of IIM Udaipur, simply out of its love literature, helped by the support of the IIM Udaipur culture that encouraged it to conceive and execute such a unique concept. Over the years, the ULLF has evolved into a strong name in itself, becoming Udaipur’s very own Literature Festival and a platform for the local aspirants and enthusiasts to interact with renowned as well as upcoming artists and performers from across the length and breadth of this country.

The first edition, themed ‘Indian Mythology and Fantasy through new-age fiction’, hosted authors Rashmi Bansal, Ashwin Sanghi and Rajiv Menon who gave beautiful insights on the topic and also made the panel discussions very relevant for the predominantly management crowd that had gathered. The second edition, themed ‘An Odyssey of Expressions’ , however saw increased participation from the junta of Udaipur, and also a much more variedly experienced set of guests in authors Nikhil Sachan, Chetan Mahajan, classical singer Vidya Rao and Artist painter Siddharth. While the first two speakers were of management background, the other two were much experienced in the fields of art, and hence took the entire audience through a beautiful journey of their own illustrious careers.

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The theme for this year’s event – ‘Beauty in Chaos’, looks to celebrate the charming order that takes shape in all the turbulent journey of an artist. This year, the ULLF 2015 has grown much in size as a platform for Udaipur, and in stature in terms of the participating guests as well. Participating guests include Indian classical dancer and Padma Bhushan Dr. Mallika Sarabhai; Musician, poet and actor Mr. Piyush Mishra. Apart from these guests, ULLF 2015 will also be hosting, Ladli award winner for her writing on gender sensitivity, and author of e-retail record-breaking collection of short stories ‘Neela Scarf’, Ms. Anu Singh Chaudary; Asst Professor with the Department of English at St. Stephen’s, Delhi, musician and music conductor, and author of the ‘Book of Guardians’ trilogy, Ms. Giti Chandra; Founder of online entertainment channel ‘EmotionalFullsMr. Sandeep Jha; and founder of online satire-news portal ‘Faking News’, Mr. Rahul Roushan. This year’s event has been sponsored by Sahitya Akademi and co-sponsored by Aryas Publications, Niranjan Associates, Ashoka Cinemas and Pirates Publications, education partner National Book Trust and food partner Jaisingh Garh, Raaj Bagh and Kaju’s.

As a pre-runner, Potpourri also conducted Tell-a-Tale, a story writing marathon, hosting budding and aspiring authors and writers from Udaipur, Kota and Jaipur and the IIMU community as well. The event was a huge success going by the feedback of the participants, and event video will also be showcased during the Litfest. Going forward Tell-a-Tale will grow into a much bigger platform, inviting and encouraging participants from far and wide. This year too, the participation of the external community in the ULLF is touted to increase from last year, a healthy trend towards making the ULLF truly, Udaipur’s very own literature festival.

For participation and further info, please contact-

potpourri@iimu.ac.in or www.iimu.ac.in/LeapdayLitfest

Event SPOC- Puneet Mor @ 7023002064

Tell-a-Tale- An epic 12 hour marathon story telling competition.

Tell-a-Tale was recently conducted by Potpourri- The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. Tell-a-Tale is a 12 hour marathon event where budding authors from the local community of Udaipur participated to write 5 different stories. All 15 participants were grouped into 5 teams of 3 writers each. Each team was provided with a beginning paragraph and told to write 12 chapters based on the initial paragraph. All the teams were provided with the same beginning and asked to dish out their own stories.

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The stage was set and participants assigned their teams. Out of the 15 participants, nine were from IIM Udaipur while the other 6 were local budding authors from Udaipur. At 8:30 pm on Saturday evening the event got going. Teams had arranged themselves in the order in which they were going to write the chapters. Once the order was decided, the first member of each group started writing the story while the other two left the room. The other two members had been given a read only access so that could see how the story was shaping up. The first round lasted for three hours in which every member wrote a chapter each for one hour. At the end of first round participants were given a 10 minute breather where they could refresh their minds. At the beginning of the second round participants were asked to give a title to their story and also specify the genre of their tale. The same process lasted for four rounds.

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The event was a great opportunity for local budding authors to show their writing skill. The 5 stories are going to be forwarded to a group of publishers who will judge the best story and declare them a winner. The winning team will get their stories published by the publisher. The opportunity of getting their first story meant a great way to start of their journey as a professional writer.

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The event was an unusual experience for the IIMU students where they could for once distance themselves from the business of business and revel in the joy of writing. The participants from the local community of Udaipur were mostly students pursuing their graduation. Vineet Sharma has recently given his 12th standard board exams and is preparing for his JEE entrance exams. But he says he is passionate about writing and like writing scripts. He wishes to one day write and direct his own movie. For him Tell-a-Tale was a great avenue to meet other budding authors like him and share ideas and learn from each other.
Gauri Pandya writes poems and stories in our national language HINDI. She is currently looking to publish her first book. “This is a very good platform for young writers like me to showcase my writing skills. But I also feel that this competition should be conducted in English as well as Hindi to promote Hindi language writers as well”.

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Arushi Vyas is currently pursuing B.A.L.L.B. from MLSU and and works for ‘City Angle’ a local lifestyle magazine. Arushi was first introduced to IIM Udaipur 2 years back. This was when Potpourri organized its very first leap day lit fest. “Attending the lit fest was a great experience for me. The event in itself was first of its kind in Udaipur. It had a great line up of authors including Ashwin Singhvi. The sessions were very interactive and insightful. Since then I have been a regular attendee of various events that are conducted at IIM Udaipur. I recently attended Audacity (IIMU’s cultural fest) and now it’s very exciting to be a part of Tell-a-Tale. I am also eagerly looking forward to the latest edition of the Leap Day Litfest”. The Udaipur Leap day Lit fest is the annual literature festival of IIM Udaipur conducted by Potpourri-The literary and quizzing club of IIM Udaipur. The event has a great lineup of authors including Mallika Sarabhai and Bollywood lyricist and actor Piyush Mishra. ULLF 2015 will be conducted on the 28th of February 2015 at IIMU campus.