Ensemble 2015

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Ensemble 2015

DAY 1

XLRI Jamshedpur, 13th Nov, 2015: Ensemble’15 began on 15th November with theinauguration ceremony held at the Father Prabhu Hall. The Chief Guest for the event was Mr. Shyaam Subramanian – Senior City Director at Teach for India.

The inaugration attracted a large audience, and various XLRI dignitaries including Fr. E Abraham, Director of XLRI, Professor Pranabesh Ray, Dean – Academics, Fr. S George, Dean – Administration and Fr. James Santhanam, Associate Dean – Student Affairs were in attendance. Also present were Abhijit Roy, the General Secretary of the Student Affairs Council and Dipanjan Saha, Convenor of Ensemble.

The theme of Ensemble this year is “Progressive India: Winds of Change”, Mr. Subramanian recounted his personal experiences of working for Teach for India and the new progressive leadership required to propel our nation to greater heights by ushering in the winds of change. He emphasised on the importance of having conviction in our vision, inspring leaders and a need for collective dialogue.

The Director welcomed the gathering and talked about the rich legacy and tradition of Ensemble. The General Secretary of Student council spoke about the contemporary nature of the theme and the need for management students to understand the changing trends in demography, business aspirations and the idea of progress in India while making key decisions. The convenor elaborated on the existence of Ensemble as a platform for the confluence of ideas and creative expression.

Post the Inauguration Ceremony of Ensemble 2015, the flagship business events in Strategy and HR, Domain events and the flagship Next Generation Leader event began with a lot of fervour. Many cultural events like Acoustic JAM, Informal dance and a unique comedy event called Phool Kumari were also conducted with much fanfare.

The highlights for the day were the Masterchef event – a distinctive culinary competition to bring out the closet cook in students and the debate events like Advocatus Diaboli and CASH Debate hosted by the various on-campus committees. The showstopper event for the first day was a night of thrilling fusion rock music by the pioneering rock act of the country – Indian Ocean. The performance witnessed an amazing turnout and XLers experienced an evening of sublime music.

DAY 2

XLRI Jamshedpur, 14th Nov, 2015: The second day of XLRI Jamshedpur’s Ensemble 2015 continued the promise of setting higher standards across the various events conducted and successfully delivered on them.

Apollo, the flagship HR event, conducted its penultimate round today, which was keenly contested by participants from various institutes. The other competitions, namely Prometheus (flagship Finance event), Strategikon (flagship consulting event) and Genesis (the flagship entrepreneurship event) declared their winners. Another Bad Idea from FMS (Delhi) and White Walkers from XLRI were the top two teams for Strategikon, while Zo Meals and Sold Out, both from XLRI’s Entrepreneurship Development Centre, were the winning teams in Genesis.

The Next Gen Leader event saw some fierce competition from the very top b schools like IIM-C, IIM-L, IIM – A, MDI and XLRI. Day 2 also saw the presence of NBA JAM, a touring college basketball and youth festival which had enthusiastic participation from school students across Jamshedpur as well as management students. The traveling interactive basketball festival is focused on growing and eliciting participation in basketball across India by combining exciting on-court competition with interactive games and contests designed to engage college youth and grow the NBA’s fan base.

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NBA JAM

Model United Nations was held in XLRI for the second straight year. The delegates were given a chance to articulate their country’s stand (within 90 seconds) on the issue before the council. This was followed by two rounds of moderated caucus of 20 minutes each. A moderated caucus is a discussion on a specific sub-topic related to the theme. A moderated caucus is followed by un-moderated caucus where delegates are free to interact with one another and propose resolutions for the Council to act upon. The last round is the passing of a resolution. The two councils being held in session were the WTO Ministerial conference (discussing agricultural subsidies around the world) and FIFA Executive committee (over the controversial Qatar bid for 2022 world cup). Such an event gives future leaders a platform to practice their realpolitik skills, and to test their critical thinking while making strategic decisions in a situation involving real world problems.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations Winners

XLANC, the adventure club, hosted the ever-popular Paintball competition during the day-time. It is a fun, multi-player sport where players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by tagging them with capsules containing water-soluble dye in an artificial terrain.

The evening saw a plethora of events conducted by DRACULA – the Dramatics and Cultural Association at XLRI. There was 2 minutes to fame for performers, face painting for art enthusiasts, Acoustic JAM for casual singers, and various Informal events like Karaoke and song dedications to engage and entertain the crowd throughout the evening.

The act of the evening was the UnSingle Tour with Abish Mathew and Kaneez Surka, the stand-up comedians, who had the audience in splits with their brand of contemporary comedy readily accepted up by the young, energetic crowd.

Comedy Night - Abish Mathew and Kaneez Surka - 3

Abish Mathew and Kaneez Surka

The day closed with XL’s very own BodhiTree band performing for the students, which went on till the early part of the night as the cheers of the crowd filled the performance area.

DAY 3

XLRI Jamshedpur, 15th Nov, 2015: The third and final day of XLRI’s Annual National Management Conclave, Ensemble, saw a perfect amalgamation of competitive spirit and festive enthusiasm as participants, students and organisers geared up for the last run of events.

Leading the line-up of events was The Next Gen Leader – the flagship event of Ensemble 2015 which saw carefully handpicked participants from the top B schools fight it out in an intense battle for the leader with the most promise to emerge victorious. A variety of skills were tested, including the participants’ logical skills, marketing abilities, articulation and leadership recognition abilities. The winner was Arpit Vinayak from IIM Lucknow, who walked away with the prize money of 1 Lakh money.

The Next Gen Leader participants

Next Gen Leader Participants

Circus Maximus, the flagship marketing event organized in association with the Marketing Association at XLRI conducted its final round which saw some of the most creative minds use their wits and marketing prowess to impress the judges. Team Brainy is the New Sexy from IIM Calcutta walked away victorious with The Expandables a close second.

Other flagship events such as Strike or Yield for Industrial Relations and Helios the Operatios event, too, conducted their final rounds with participation from different b-school campuses across the country. The domain events of BM and HR, namely Poseidon and Apollo were conducted, and while the Poseidon was won by Team Not Just Another Team while Apollo was won by Team Mojo Jojo, from XLRI. Dracula, the dramatics and cultural association at XLRI kept the crowds engaged with events like Solaris, Spell Bee and 20 Questions and a satirical play titled ‘Taj Mahal ka Tender’ which kept the audiences in splits. For the quizzical and curious, Dracula also conducted its much-awaited Ensemble Quiz.

Informal events like NBA Jam, Paintball and Zorbing kept up the energy levels through the day and saw phenomenal participation. The day ended on a high note with a performance by Nucleya featuring Sickflip which had the audience losing themselves to the beat of electronic dance music.

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