12th November, 2022
Ensemble Valhalla, XLRI's annual cultural, sports, and management festival, organized Day 2 of the 3-day extravaganza that is Ensemble Valhalla 2022 on 12th 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.
Day 2 witnessed spectacular craze in various events like Spin a story, MasterChef, Strategikon, Tycoon’s Gambit, Sci-Biz-Tech Quiz, etc. which kept the attendees engaged. Various sporting events like Badminton, Futsal, Basketball, Pool, Basketball and other matches hyped up and energized the whole campus.
One of the highlights of Day 2 was the incredible talk with Mr Sumedh Patodia, the director of team Thunder Boltz. The event started with an inspiring and awe-inspiring video of the journey of thunderbolt and Mr Patodia. He cherishes the moments he has spent in IIMA and how this event is making him relive the nostalgia. He also mentioned, "I didn't do well in XAT and didn't have an interview call either and it is a very happy moment for me to be a part of XLRI in this event." He shared his journey from his schooldays to the present. Another heart-moving tale that he shared was, "My father bought the sports team because he thought it would be exciting and passionate. He wasn't much aware of Volleyball. Talking to him made me realise that if my father can take a risk in his 60s, I can at least do that when I'm 27. And so I left my job." One of the very interesting insights that Mr Patodia shared was, "If you're a part of an industry that isn't doing well and you give your 100%, it's still going to not favour you well. If you're mediocre but you are a part of an industry which is doing great, you'll do great. This was my thought process before buying a sports team." Volleyball is the third most popular sport in the country.
'Machayenge: a group dance event' lighted up the stage of Tata Auditorium with its spectacular performances from various b-school teams. The event was judged by Sangeeta and Vineeta from SanghVi dance centre. The event concluded with the result declaration by the judges. Team Dazzlers (Arka Jain) was the Winner and Blaze (XLRI) was the runner-up in the event.
A beautiful representation of how art can change hearts was carried out with the Nukkad Natak event where 5 teams XLRI , NIT JSR, XIMB , Arka Jain University and Karin City, competing for glory. There were various topics which are worth discussing were presented in a beautiful and attention-grabbing way. The event concluded with The Arka Jain University's team standing on the Winners place. They focused on various issues like sex education, illegal abortion, honey trap, etc. which are important to be brought into light. The runner up was NIT JSR's team.
Idea summit had its charm with the HR panellists, Mr Krish Shankar from Infosys and Mr Vardharaju Janardhanan from Flipkart. Krish talked about how employees can be retained in the organisation whether it is affected by change in push from people or pull for companies. He proposed a single yet affective solution to it which was value propositions, i.e., the HR should know the flexibility, healthcare, wellbeing and other new features being provided to the employees. Another thing that stood out in the conversation was when Vardharaju said, "Covid brought in our lives by primarily changing the perspective of people. People reoriented their lives after reflecting on some questions such as what drives them, what are they good at. Companies also evolved by offering newer roles, having wider offerings, mindset shift to trying to do something for the greater good." The conversation also included that the way the world evolved, it called for revaluating priorities for both employees and employers.
The day ended with a mesmerizing performance by Nikhil D’souza who left XLRI in a musical peace which could be seen in everyone’s faces. His every note hit a wave of love in the hearts of the audience. Tata Auditorium smiled with every new song sung by him.