XIMB hosts Xpressions: The biggest B-School fest of Eastern India

"Xpressions'15", the flagship Management-Cultural fest of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, concluded successfully on 15th November 2015. Spread over three days, 13th, 14th and 15thof November, the fest witnessed a huge number of participants from reputed colleges such as XLRI, IIM Bangalore, IIM Shillong, Great Lakes InstiturOf Management, IMI Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, etc. Around 3000 studentsparticipated in various events such as Gladiator, Helios, Goonj, Aaghazetc, and the final night, which had the Vishal-Shekhar concert, saw a footfall of more than 20,000 people.


The title sponsors of the event were Maruti Suzuki and Tata Steel, Associate sponsors were Coca Cola (Beverage Partner) and Guvera (Music Partner). The Co Sponsors were Vedanta, Nalco, Uber (Technology Partner), Indian Oil, SBI, Bacardi (Beverage Partner), UB Group (Beverage partner), Pepe Jeans London, etc. NBA JAM was the EDM night partner and the event was powered by VH1.


Day 1 saw many events taking place. The first rounds of various gaming events such as Gladiators, Kurukshetra, Skill City and Helios, saw participation from various colleges. These events, which require extreme skill and acumen, were intensely contested by the participants. The first Model United Nations conducted by XIMB also began that day. Participants from schools and colleges engaged in stimulating debates and discussions on Global issues, in an attempt to find feasible solutions. The preliminary rounds of Goonj, the singing competition,Inquizzitive, the Quiz Contest, Nirnay, the operations case study competition, Case in Point, the HR case study challenge, Case Connect, the management based case study event, and Parikrama, the online treasure hunt, also took place on Day 1. Throughout the day, the first round of a unique 3 on 3 basketball event, NBA JAM took place where around 160 teams from various schools and colleges participated. Renowned VJ Ranvijay visited the event and enthralled the crowds. He lauded Bhubaneswar for being one of the most clean cities in India and said that he had a superb time at NBA JAM in XIMB.The highlight of Day 1 was Decibelz, the battle of the Bands, which witnessed powerful and highly entertaining performances from bands such as Knight Shades, Grails of Destruction, Intoxicate, Orphic Cosmogony, Annihilate the Reich. The event was judged by the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of "Demonic Resurrection", Mr. SahilMakhija. "Intoxicate", the metal band from Kolkata, walked away with the first prize. Speaking about his experience at Xpressions'15, SahilMakhija appreciated the bands that performed in Decibelz and their efforts to make good music. "You can see the passion in the bands when they play, there is that 100%!" he remarked.The night ended with a rocking performance by DJ Nucleya which had the crowd dancing to his tunes to his popular tracks such as Akkad Bakkad, LaungGawacha, etc.

The 2nd day also witnessed a wide array of events like, Flight of Fancy, the literary contest,Maven and Mpower, the consulting-strategy and marketingcase study competition, Pratibimb, the face painting competition, andAround the World in 80 days. Xpressions in 60 seconds, the RJ hunt was conducted in association with Radio Choklate, and was judged by their RJs. The winners of the event were VijitAgarwar from XIMB. The results of Xpress, the photography contest were declared, in which, Suchindram Mishra from XIMB bagged the first prize. Mega event Kurukshetra concluded on day 2 and was won by Team "A&A", comprising of Amaresh Panda and Anup Kumar Patnaik. The final rounds of NBA JAM took place where "Telugu Titans" won in the men's category, and "Powerpuff Bulls" won in the women's category. The day concluded with the much awaited fashion show, Carnival De Vogue. The glamorous event was won by ITER and was judged by model Ankita Chakraborty, beauty queen Harshita Naidu and fashion designer Abhishek Dutta.

Day 3 witnessed many interesting events too, with an interaction with famous author Ruskin Bond being one of them. Virasat, the classical dance and music event took place which added a very Indian flavor to the proceedings. The Final Cut, the short film contest also took place whichwas judged by renowned film maker Mr. SusantMisra. Gladiators concluded after many high intensity rounds. Other cultural events included Thirkan, the dance competition, Paint@XIMB, the painting competition and Aaghaz, the street play competition.


The event concluded with the highly awaited and anticipated concert by famous singers and music directors Vishal-Shekhar. Vishal and Shekhar thanked their fans for all their love and support and also appreciated the massive crowd of more than 20,000 people for coming to their show. The concert witnessed a packed house and Vishal-Shekhar treated the audience to their all time hits like ChammakChallo, Om Shanti Om, Dance Basanti, Tu Meri, etc. The electrifying duo had the audiences jumping and dancing with their high energy performance, making sure that the fest ended on a high note.


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