The Last Flight – Udaan 2018

The Last Flight – Udaan 2018

All perfect things come to an end, they say. Udaan 2018 came to a beautiful end. A lot of happy tears, a lot of emotions, each sketch pen was held with a lot of memories in them and the white T-shirts were worn with a lot of pride. The evening of 22nd February was a night to remember for the second years. The whole campus was lit with fairy lights as feelings of joy and sweet melancholy descended upon the otherwise busy lives of students.

The assignments were suddenly forgotten, and the hectic days seemed to be not enough. It was a night were people only remembered to cherish the moments of their two years together.

The event was attended by the Director, Deans and the PGP chair who lit the lamp as the academic year for the outgoing batch ended. The outgoing Students Affairs’ Council handed over the responsibilities of to the new office bearers. This was followed by a speech by the new President of the SAC.

Reminding that the students were going to become the alumni of the institute, the Director said “Consider Udaan as U-Daan and donate to the institute” as he gave his two cents about holding the name of IIMB up high.

The speeches by the Director, Deans and the PGP chair were followed by the cultural performances by the passing out batch. The evening also saw a sumptuous meal for the whole institute as people left with teary eyes and full tummies.

The cultural performances started with a string of singing performances by the Dhwani veterans who were emotional and signaled their departure with style. Vageesh Vedamoorthy, one of the students at IIM Bangalore, performed the violin and stole the hearts of many students yet again, perhaps for the last time as a student of the institute.

As the PGP2s were beginning to feel that the night was too short, the dance performances kicked off with a funny solo performance by Rocky Borah which was then followed by a string of performances by various groups. Section C and the residents of D-Block emulated a lot of swagger as they danced to famous songs of Bollywood. They surprisingly showed a lot of coordination, hinting at the hardwork and practice they put for the performance. The highlight of the evening was towards the end which saw the President, Vivek Velagala – a quiet and relaxed person the whole year till that mome, burst into an energetic and exciting dance performance to Telugu popular songs following which his entire section danced to quirky Bollywood numbers.

The event concluded with white T-shirts distributed to all the PGP2s for them to write their farewell messages. As noted by a PGP2, this will be the greatest gift of his farewell experience at IIM Bangalore as he was going through the messages wearing a nostalgic smile.

Article contributed by: Hari Eswar SM, PGP 2017-2019, IIM Bangalore