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XLRI celebrates Day 1 of their Annual Fest

11th November, 2022

Ensemble Valhalla, XLRI's annual cultural, sports, and management festival, organized Day 1 of the 3-day extravaganza that is Ensemble Valhalla 2022 on 11th March 2022. The fest's theme is "Symphony in Chaos". The theme calls for people to find their symphony in the chaos that life sometimes becomes. After 2 years, XLRI has woken up to a completely offline version of the 23rd edition of Ensemble Valhalla.

The day kickstarted on the football ground at the football ground with Team XLRI & IIM Sambalpur battling it out. Contingents from IIM Bodh Gaya, XIMB, XISS and other colleges faced each other in multiple rounds across sports Badminton (M&W), Cricket (M&W), Volleyball(M), Carrom(U) and Basketball(M&W) among others. With over 350+ contingent members having visited, the campus roars with cheers for every team that sweats on the field to take away the coveted trophies, the result of which will be known at the end of EV 2022.

Day 1 also witnessed massive participation of different student teams in various Business Competitions like Bid it Like Beckham, Helios, Strike or Yield, Time Turner, Strike or Yield, and The Idea Summit, the flagship entrepreneurship event.

The major attraction of the day was the enchanting panel of the Idea Summit and the most anticipated Pro Shows. The Shark Tank Panel – Sulay Lavsi (Bummer), Anirban & Shamik(Altor), Anuja Kabra (Skippi), Anushree Maloo (Nuutjob) witnessed a discussion where the panelists shared stories of how they chose to be entrepreneurs and their journey so far. They focussed on sharing their Shark Tank experiences and all the emotions they went through while being a part of Shark Tank. Recalling the good times, Anushree said – “We didn't think that we'll get to the audition for Shark tank. We were shooting for a pitch when we got a call for audition. My uncle came up with that idea of dressing up as a man so that you can connect more. We thought this is for the brand and people will remember so whatever happens.“

The XLRI Tata Auditorium saw some amazing dance moves in the solo dance competition “Natyanjali” . The participants came up with different dance forms and the synergy of so many different forms of art mesmerised the audience. There were a few dance battles to decide the final winners of the competition.

When asked about dilemmas faced by entrepreneurs, Ravi said “For an entrepreneur, the gut feeling, the faith is much more important. I come from a business family so I knew profit is also important, thus I made sure that it's sustainable.” All of them emphasised that one can't stay in the comfort zone, a leap of faith is necessary to become an entrepreneur. The panellists also indulged in a rapid fire round where they spilled the beans about the shoot days and “the sharks”. The discussion concluded by remembering some funny Shark Tank memes that broke the internet.

The second panel of Idea Summit – “Sheo Panel” featured Preeyam Bhudia (Patton), Shreyasi Singh (Harappa), Sonal Agarwal (Campus Sutra) & Malini Agarwal (Miss Malini). The panel was put together to motivate females to take entrepreneurial steps in life while discussing the challenges these women faced and how they overcame them to witness this level of success. The panel agreed that there is a need to hustle - can't wait for things to happen, one has to do things, deal with patience and be consistent in one’s efforts. Sonal Agarwal said “Have ownership and resilience, finish what you start, wonders will happen”. The panel was encouraging and called for young women to curate a new narrative of their lives, free from all societal barriers.

The day ended with a hilarious performance by comedian Azeem Banatwalla who kept the audience laughing throughout his stand-up in the Tata Auditorium. His witty lines and side-splitting set made the crowd uproar with laughter.

About XLRI:

Founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in Jamshedpur, India's "steel city," XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur is a premier private management institute in India (www.xlri.ac.in). The institute has evolved over the last six decades into a world-class business management school with a diverse portfolio of management programmes and research publications. Its alumni come from all over the world and have shown responsible business leadership in their respective organizations. XLRI is constantly striving to contribute its fair share to the professional development and management of a diverse range of organizations and institutions from a variety of industry sectors. AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - and AMBA - The Association of MBAs - have both awarded XLRI with prestigious international accreditations.

About Ensemble-Valhalla:

Ensemble-Valhalla is XLRI's annual cultural, sporting, and management festival. It attracts a large number of participants from B-schools across the country. The festival scheduled on November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2022, with the theme "Symphony in Chaos" will feature its 40+ events including 9 flagship, 17 sports and 22 cultural events including a speaker's conclave called Idea Summit, where veterans from all walks of life will gather in enlightening discussions. The fest will also have live shoes of Nikhil D’souza & Salim Sulaiman among others to set the stage on fire and get everyone grooving.

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