Contributed by: Akanksha Dewaker
The cultural fest of IIM Bangalore, ‘Unmaad’ was held over the last weekend. The fest created a spectacular amalgamation of fun, emotions, and action, keeping true to its theme, ‘The Hues of Hysteria’.
The fest was inaugurated on 31st January by the lighting of ceremonial inaugural lamps by the PGP Chair Prof. Padmini Srinivasan. It was followed by a captivating classical dance performance by Shri Ramana Maharshi Academy for the Blind. The Kupava Light Drawing Show by the celebrated Ukrainian artist Nadiya had the audience in awe.
Day 1 started with strong Nukkad Natak performances at L square, the central place for most student activities. Informal events such as I’m Sherlocked (competition similar to a treasure hunt with clues distributed across the campus) were the highlight during the afternoon. Other activities included Tug of Words (quiz) and Action Packed (a game similar to charades). The campus was abuzz with the students from various colleges coming together and creating an air of excitement and action at IIMB. Haute Couture, the fashion event was also conducted at Day 1. Footloose freestyle dance competition finals were a real treat to watch at L square.
The food village created in the hostel area became the central point for all foodies with delicious items on offer. The night had performances line up by Bruno Eddie (the renowned fire artist) and Sophie von Matérn (the singer-songwriter from Sweden) who created a peaceful ambience with her performance. The second day included events like ‘Nautanki Rang Birangi’, Get Set Solo, ‘Beg Borrow Selfie’ and ‘Kissa Kaviyon Ka’. The acoustic band competition, ‘Noteworthy’ saw face-off of the extremely talented fusion bands. They entertained the audiences while giving a really hard time to the judges in deciding. Mr. and Ms. Unmaad generated a lot of excitement among the students on Day 2. The world-renowned sword-swallower artist Murray Molloy left the audience astonished with his feats at the Open Air Theatre. The KTM team performed daredevil bike stunts thrilling the audiences and generated a lot of interest amongst the bike lovers. The world famous Suhani Shah, India’s first female illusionist was also in the campus, performing spectacular tricks.
By Day 3, the campus was brimming with students from across colleges participating in various events and energetic performances. The events lined up for Day 3 were Just-A-Minute (JAM) (extempore competition), Just Duet (dual dance face-off), Curtain Call (Dramatics), “Food Wars” and “Thrifty Threads (Fashion). Other events included “Hys-TEE-ria” (T-shirt design), Writers Unblocked” (creative writing) and “Pitch Please” (Acapella contest). The ‘Pro-nite show’ on Day 3 was set to be lit with stars starting the comedian, Abish Mathew, the music duo Salim-Sulaiman along with singer Bhoomi Trivedi. People from across Bengaluru came down to campus to witness the show and grooved on the nest of Bollywood songs, including songs from Fashion, Band Baja Baraat and more.
The three-day fest was a complete package of entertainment, spectacular performances right from magic, music, dance, fireworks etc., covering all the hues of hysteria.
Akanksha is a student of PGP 2018-2020 batch of IIM Bangalore and a member of the Student Media Cell.