“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 15th of November, the fest witnessed a huge number of participants from reputed colleges such as XLRI, IIM Bangalore, IIM Shillong, Great Lakes Institute Of Management, IMI Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, etc. Around 3000 students participated in various events such as Gladiator, Helios, Goonj, Aaghaz etc, and the final night, which had the Vishal-Shekhar concert, saw a footfall of more than 20,000 people.
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 such as KIIT, ITER, VSSUT, NLU Cuttack, Silicon Institute of Technology, etc. These events, which require extreme skill and acumen, were intensely contested by the participants. The preliminary round of Goonj, the singing competition also took place on Day 1 and witnessed spellbinding performances by students from colleges such as OEC, OUAT, BIMTECH, Centurion University, Srusti University, etc. The first Model United Nations conducted by XIMB also began on day 1. Participants from schools and colleges such as ODM Public School, KIIT, SAI International, OUAT, NLU, Christ University etc, engaged in stimulating debates and discussions of Global issues, in an attempt to find feasible solutions. Paint@XIMB, the painting competition, unleashed the creativity and artistic skills of participants from universities like BIMTECH, BK College of Arts and Crafts, CET etc. Anisha Samal of CET won the first place, Asumita Naik of BK College of Arts and Crafts came second, and Ashok Chandan of JD Institute of Fashion Technology came third. The preliminary rounds of 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, in which students from various colleges participated. 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 such as KIIT international school, IIIT, DAV, Sri Sri University, etc, took place. 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. Sahil Makhija. “Intoxicate”, the metal band from Kolkata, walked away with the first prize. Speaking about his experience at Xpressions’15, Sahil Makhija 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, regardless of the number of the people in the audience. 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, Laung Gawacha, etc.
On Day 2, Flight of Fancy, the literary contest took place. The first place went to team “Old Man and She” and second place went to team “Silent Screamers”. The finals of Case in Point took place. Team Sankalp won, and Aman Purohit from XIMB was awarded “Best Manager”. Xpressions in 60 seconds, the RJ hunt was conducted in association with Radio Choklate, and was judged by their RJs. Students from Silicon Institute of Technology, ITER, KIIT, OEC, BIMTECH. IIIT, CET etc took part. The winners of the event were Vijit Agarwar from XIMB came first, Amit Raj from KIIT came second and Aishwarya Behera from Utkal University came third. The finals of Goonj also took place, and after many scintillating performances, Pratyush Ranjan Bagh from OUAT was crowned the winner, while Gulzar from KIIT was the runner up. The results of Xpress, the photography contest were declared. Suchindram Mishra from XIMB came first, Mridul Dhar from KIIT came second, and Siddharth Sai from Trident Academy of Technology came third. The finals of Inquizzitive took place and Abhinav Dhar and Siddharth Mishra from KIIT were declared winners. Maven, the consulting-strategy case study took place, which saw brilliant analyses and strategies suggested by participants. The winners were team “Ab Ki Baar” from XIMB and the runners up were “Phaldins” from SCIT Pune were second. MPower, the marketing case study, which saw an extremely high level of participants was won by Priyank Shah and Shubhanshu Tewari from XIMB and Pranay Kohli and Puja Bedi of XIMB came second. Pratibimb, the face painting competition of XIMB, gave participants a unique way to express themselves. It was won by Siddhanta and Amit Kumar Nayak from BJB, while Pinaki Pritam and Saurabh Ganguly from XIMB came second. “Around the World in 80 days” a competition with an international flavor was won by Aman Kumar and Abhijit Pati of team “Stormcloaks”, XIMB, while Sakshi Choudhary and Anurag Soni of team “The Hunters”, XIMB came second. Mega event Kurukshetra concluded on day 2 and was won by Team “A&A”, comprising of Amaresh Panda and Anup Kumar Patnaik, while team “Falcon”, comprising of Rajat Agarwal and Rahul Jena came second. Second rounds of Gladiator and Skill City also took place. MUN concluded on Day 2, where Ashirbad Nayak from NLU was adjudged the best delegate and Ronit Lal Sarangi from Christ University was given High Commendation. 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. Participants from KIIT, Silicon Institute of Technology and ITER, apart from XIMB, put their most fashionable foot forward. The glamorous event was won by ITER, while KIIT came second 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 dance event was won by Prachi Mishra from Utkal University, while Aditi Chaturvedi from XIMB came second. The instrumental round was won by Sharan Shiva Kumar from Sri Sri University, and Sarthak Dash from XIMB came second. Vocal round was won by Swapnil Roy Choudhary from KIIT and Subha Visalam from XIMB came second for their soulful renditions. The Final Cut, the short film contest also took place. The event was judged by renowned film maker Mr. Susant Misra and the theme was “When Darkness Falls”. It was won by team “Chocolate” from XIMB. Gladiators concluded after many high intensity rounds and was won by Abhilash Mohanty and Shrikant Salke from XIMB. Thirkan, the dance competition, saw some mind blowing performances by participating teams and was judged by popular Odia actor Debashish Patra, Itishree devi, a classical dancer and Babubhai Ollywood, acclaimed choreographer. “The Last Aces” from ITER won, while “Quixotec” from KIMS came second. Aaghaz, the street play competition was an absolute delight to watch, with socially awakening performances from participating teams leaving a huge impact on the audience. The winners were team “Kaash” from KIIT, “Emotica” from VSSUT Burla came second, and “Prayaas” from XIMB came third. The winners of Skill City was team “Angels” from XIMB comprising of Swarna Singh, Deepika Tanwar and Ankita Rout, while team “Blitzkreig” from XIMB comprising of Abhilash Mohanty, Divya Jena and Omkar Modak came third. Helios also concluded on Day 3 and was won by Team “Yes” from KIIT. “Novateurs” from KIIT came second.
The event concluded with the highly awaited and anticipated concert by famous singers and music directors Vishal-Shekhar. Vishal and Shekhar said that they had completed 17 years as a duo, and 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 Chammak Challo, 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. 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.