After months of preparations and expectations, XIMB-XUB kick started XPRESSIONS’16, the biggest Management and Cultural Fest in eastern India, on 11th November 2016. The zeal and enthusiasm of participants truly marked the grandeur of the event which held its first edition 19 years back.
The day kicked off with Kurukshetra, Gladiator, Skill City and Helios, the flagship mega events by the gaming committees. Kurukshetra, a virtual battlefield which tested the participants’ business acumen, earlier saw teams fight it out to make it through to Round 1, called ‘Shankhanaad’.
Gladiator, a real business world simulation event, had the top seven qualifiers of Armageddon, the prelims quiz round do some serious brain crunching. In Skill City, one of the toughest business events that challenge your soft-skills, the top four teams entered the ring to emerge the last team standing. Embracing one’s student life prior to joining an MBA programme, Helios, an only under-graduate specific event saw young minds harvest their raw managerial wisdom in challenging business scenarios.
Adding to the intellectual extravaganza was the Model United Nations which saw vigorous participation from a gamut of passionate thinkers with academic credentials as varied as high school teen visionaries to post graduate future idealists. ‘Case In Point’ and ‘Case Connect’, two case study competitions were also held which tested the participants’ meticulous attention to details and design innovation skills of the participants respectively. These case study events were followed by ‘Nirnay’, an In-house business simulation game held by X-OPS, the Operations Committee of XIMB, to put the participants’ operations management skills to the test.
Taking a detour from business events towards the artistically inclined, Xpressions’16 displays a plethora of events oozing creativity and originality. ‘Goonj’, the solo singing competition witnessed music aficionados, enchanting the audience with their original tracks and crooning melodious renditions of classic songs which was met with rapturous applause from the audience. ‘Paint@XIMB’, the popular all theme painting competition tickled the artistic sides of creative heavyweights where students lent colours to their beautifully abstract thoughts. To test the analytical boundaries of the curios mind, also conducted was an online treasure hunting event ‘Parikrama’ that witnessed a great number of adventurous participants from various B-Schools.
Amalgamating fun and physique, Foot of Fury (event by IRC) – a crazy, fun filled and exhilarating game of HUMAN FOOSBALL, with an international twist was organized for the first time in Xpressions’16. Sports enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike took part in large numbers and showed tremendous support for their respective favourite teams.
As dusk approached signaling a thousand lights springing to life, the atmosphere dived into a different dimension as ‘DecibelZ’, XIMB’s band-hunt competition kicked off to some thumping beats, captivating the audience with its rhythm. The event attracted a huge crowd swaying to the masterful renditions by bands from Calcutta, Bangalore and other cities from far and near. Like a fitting last act to a splendid curtain raiser, day one came to an end, but not before, Xpressions’16 along with Coke studio staged “Lagori”, the Bangalore based band made up of five unique musicians bringing their own flavours and styles to the table. Combining Rock, Funk, Pop and Indian Classical inflections Lagori presented an eclectic mix of sounds and tunes that enthralled the audience to the core.
With unmatched enthusiasm, camaraderie from students and able aid from our benevolent sponsors for the day –Mindfire Solutions, day one of Xpressions’16 ended on a high crescendo with a promise of a lot more to come in the next couple of days.