XLRI conducts Ensemble 2016 – India’s Largest Management Festival

Home / Events / XLRI conducts Ensemble 2016 – India’s Largest Management Festival

XLRI conducts Ensemble 2016 – India’s Largest Management Festival

Ensemble ’16 – XLRI’s Annual Management Festival began on 11th November 2016 with the inauguration ceremony graced by the Guest of Honor Mr. Syed Kirmani – the legendary cricketer and part of the 1983 World Cup winning squad. The theme of Ensemble this year is “Be The Business” which essentially means to be the best, and the same was illustrated by Mr. Kirmani through the example of their World Cup winning feat.

Ensemble 2016 was envisioned to be bigger and better with the return of the famed Idea Summit and the inclusion of new leadership events such as the Future Leaders Program and Leaders to Watch, not to mention conduction of the largest leadership event of the country, The Next Gen Leader.


While the flagship business events in Operations, HR and IR along with Domain Specific events continued in parallel during the day, highly coveted leadership events such as The Next Gen Leader and Leaders to Watch with Vineet Nayar also kicked off with high excitement among the students. The highlights for the day were the screening of three award winning short movies and a tribal dance performance to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Jharkhand. Day 1 of Idea Summit showcased Mr. Syed Kirmani followed by start-up mentor Mr. Prashant Singh sharing their experiences. The showstopper event for the first day was a night of thrilling Indi Rock music by The Local Train. The performance witnessed an amazing turnout and XL students as well as local crowds experienced an evening of sublime music.


The second day set the bar higher and saw students compete across various management and leadership events. Flagship events such as War of Wits (HR), Strike or Yield (IR) and Helios (Operations) declared their winners, while the campus rounds of Genesis, the Flagship entrepreneurship event began. Apollo, the HR Domain event, conducted its first round, and Poseidon, the BM domain event, concluded its final round – both keenly contested by participants from XLRI. ExLink, the Face of XLRI concluded Advocatus Diaboli, the national level debate competition where Nikhil Iyer and Akshay Ratan, two second year students of XLRI emerged as winners. The second round of the Next Gen Leader saw fierce competition from the very top B-schools like IIM-C, IIM-L, IIM – A, MDI and XLRI. Day 2 of the Idea Summit saw India’s First Woman Commando Trainer, Dr Seema Rao and the anti-money-laundering expert and famed Supreme Court Lawyer Mr Ramakant Gaur take the stage. Both the speakers enthralled the audience with their success stories and upheld the idea behind Ensemble 2016 – to be the best at what you do.


The final act of the evening was Comedy Night with Sorabh Pant, the stand-up comedy star of East India Comedy fame, who had the audience in splits with his brand of contemporary comedy readily accepted up by the young and energetic crowd.


On Day 3, leading the line-up of events was The Next Gen Leader – the biggest leadership event and flagship event of Ensemble 2016 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. Yogesh Sharma, a second year student of XLRI emerged as a winner bagging the mega prize of 1 lakh rupees. Circus Maximus, the flagship marketing event and Apollo, the domain HR event, conducted their final rounds. Model United Nations was held in XLRI for the second straight year. The event gives future leaders a platform to practice their realpolitik skills and strategic decision-making in situations involving real world problems. Various informal events such as Face Painting, Dumb Charades etc. conducted by Dracula, the dramatics and cultural association at XLRI, kept the crowds engaged. The popular cooking event, MasterChef, was conducted yet again, to the delight of XL students and professors alike.


The Idea Summit continued on Day 3 with well-known author, documentary filmmaker and scriptwriter Nikhil Chandwani speaking about his experiences with crisis reporting in West Asia.

The Idea Summit

The grand finale of the evening was the much-awaited Lucky Ali concert. The inspired musician mesmerized the milling crowds with his well-known songs and brought the 3-day Event to a fitting close, amidst fireworks and celebrations.

Lucky Ali Concert

The Lucky Ali Concert

With a prize money of 17 lacs, highest for any management fest in India, and a footfall of over 2000, Ensemble truly delivered on its theme of Be The Business.



External Linkages (ExLink)
External Linkages (ExLink)
The External Linkages of XLRI is responsible for branding XLRI across various offline and online media channels, and provides a PR channel to other student committees in XLRI.
Recommended Posts