ANNIVERSARIES:

! Boz Burrell (Bad Company) 1-Aug ! Chuck D (Public Enemy) 1-Aug ! Coolio 1-Aug ! Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) 1-Aug ! Robert Cray (1953) 1-Aug ! Tiger Varadachariar 1-Aug ! Prema Hariharan (Chennai) 2-Aug ! Sushama Reddy 2-Aug ! Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) 2-Aug ! Chhannulal Mishra 3-Aug ! James Hetfield (Metallica) 3-Aug ! Tony Bennett (1926) 3-Aug ! Sharon Prabhakar 4-Aug ! Vellore Ramabhadran 4-Aug ! Vishal Bhardwaj 4-Aug ! Ganesh Jain 5-Aug ! Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 5-Aug ! Pat Smear (formerly of Foo Fighters) 5-Aug ! Aditya Narayan 6-Aug ! Cyrus Sahukar 6-Aug ! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice of Spice Girls) 6-Aug ! Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) 7-Aug ! Cyrus Broacha 7-Aug ! Suresh Wadkar 7-Aug ! JC Chasez ('N Sync) 8-Aug ! Raza Ali Khan 8-Aug ! Shawn Mendes 8-Aug ! Asgari Bai 9-Aug ! Sawan Kumar Tak 9-Aug ! Sulkshana Pandit 9-Aug ! Trichur V.Ramachandran (Chennai) 9-Aug ! Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 10-Aug ! Ustad Alladiya Khan 10-Aug ! Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande 10-Aug ! Ramashreya Jha 11-Aug ! T.H.Vinayakram 11-Aug ! V. Doreswamy Iyengar 11-Aug ! Kid Creole 12-Aug ! Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 12-Aug ! Pat Metheny 12-Aug ! Nalin Shah 13-Aug ! T.K.Murthy 13-Aug ! Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts) 14-Aug ! David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) 14-Aug ! Manohar Iyer 14-Aug ! Michael Graham (Boyzone) 14-Aug ! Sunidhi Chauhan 14-Aug ! Amir Khan 15-Aug ! Bharati Pradhan 15-Aug ! Pandit Prasun Banerjee 15-Aug ! Prof. T.Viswanathan 15-Aug ! R.Durga Prasad 15-Aug ! Srimushnam V.Raja Rao 15-Aug ! Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) 16-Aug ! Hemlata 16-Aug ! Kishan Bhutani 16-Aug ! Madonna 16-Aug ! Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar 16-Aug ! Belinda Carlisle 17-Aug ! Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) 17-Aug ! Daler Mehndi 18-Aug ! Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 18-Aug ! Gulzar 18-Aug ! Jon Higgins 18-Aug ! Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar 18-Aug ! T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal 18-Aug ! Abdul Rashid Khan 19-Aug ! Ginger Baker (Cream) 19-Aug ! Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 19-Aug ! John Deacon (Queen) 19-Aug ! Ken Gosh 19-Aug ! Demi Lovato 20-Aug ! Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) 20-Aug ! Naresh(Mahesh Brother) 20-Aug ! Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 20-Aug ! Uday Tara Nayar 20-Aug ! Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) 21-Aug ! Kenny Rogers 21-Aug ! Liam Howlett (Prodigy) 21-Aug ! Melissa Schuman (Dream) 21-Aug ! Sriram Brahmanandam 21-Aug ! Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) 22-Aug ! James DeBarge (DeBarge) 22-Aug ! Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) 22-Aug ! Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) 22-Aug ! Tori Amos 22-Aug ! Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 23-Aug ! SkyBlu (LMFAO) 23-Aug ! Basavaraj Rajguru 24-Aug ! Billy Ray Cyrus 25-Aug ! DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy)25-Aug ! Elvis Costello 25-Aug ! Gene Simmons 25-Aug ! Rekha Chinniprakash 25-Aug ! Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 25-Aug ! Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 25-Aug ! Adrian Young (No Doubt) 26-Aug ! M.S.Anantaraman 26-Aug ! Shirley Manson (Garbage) 26-Aug ! Rajarathnam Pillai 27-Aug ! Shania Twain 27-Aug ! Tony Kanal (No Doubt) 27-Aug ! Voletti Venkateswarulu 27-Aug ! Chris Copping (Procol Harum) 29-Aug ! Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) 29-Aug ! Micky Moody (Whitesnake) 30-Aug ! Debbie Gibson 31-Aug ! Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) 31-Aug

Xpressions'19 was successfully concluded....

 "Xpressions'19", the flagship Management-Cultural fest of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, concluded successfully on the 10th of November. Spread over three days from the 8th to the 10th of November, the fest witnessed a huge number of participants from several reputed institutions across India.

The three days saw enthusiastic students participate in the various business as well as cultural events to showcase their skills and expertise. The participants brought a multitude of talent in the various competitions organised on all three days. Vriddhi, a CSR plan competition was won by Team Columbus (Kanupriya Mittal, Lava Kaushik), IRMA and the runners up were Team Winions (Sreeparna Kanungo, Pratyush Dey), XIMB. Resonance, a business simulation gaming event, was won by Team Incredibles (Praharsh Srivastava, Shreya Pandiyan Naidu, Siba Kumar Panda) and Team Blitzkrieg (Subhashish Mohanty, Itishree Biswal, Pratyush Raj) were the runners up. Team Sparkling Newbies (Viraj Gopani, Manan Mehra, Isha Parasramka) bagged the first prize in Fincaso where the financial acumen of the students was tested.

Pitch it Abroad was well received by all and the Team Har Har Mahadev (Nikunj Saraf and Purvai Kumar) was declared the winner with the 1st runners up being Team Cancelled Trips (Anshuman Sarangi and Maitreyee Ghadigaonkar), and the 2nd runners up were Team B2G (Komal Panigrahi and Anubhav Jogi).

Chakravyuh was won by Team Lit as Funk (Shaily Mehta, Umang Dadhich, Harshit Sharma) from XIMB and the runners up were Team Baniya ka dimag Rout bhai ki daring (Akash Agarwal, Saurabh Agarwal, Manishankar Pati). Aaghaz, the nukkad natak competition was won by Xpressionz Theatre Society from IBS, Hyderabad and the runners up were from NIT Rourkela.

The day was closed with an enthralling performance by Underground Authority and with Kumar Varun tickling the funny bones of the audience.

The penultimate day of the fest was packed with a variety of events, beginning with several business events such as XIMB's very own Model United Nations and the flagship case study competitions name Maven and Jack of all Trades which tested the acumen of the future corporate leaders. Jack of All Trades showcased a fine display of tactical manoeuvres amongst teams trying to outwit each other.

Goonj, the solo singing competition where all the talented vocalists came on one podium and Pratibimb, face painting competition presented a means to the students to unwind from the daily curricular activities. Pratibimb was won by ITER (Shatabdi Chakraborty, Nikhil Singh).

Flight of Fancy, an event organized by the Literary society of XIMB and Vakritva, a CSR plan competition witnessed unmatched enthusiasm from all the participants.

TradeWars was won by Team VAM from IIM Vishakapatnam (Vaishali Chandani, Aman Dev) and the runners were up: Team Hojayega (Harshil Shah). In the evening Carnival De Vogue, XIMB’s fashion competition went underway and the day was concluded with an electrifying night with Sunburn.

The last yet most-awaited day of the fest had a plethora of events such as Inquizzitive (The Flagship Quizzing Competition), Ad-Valorem (A Business Ideation Competition), MPower (A Marketing Based Business Event), Paint@XIMB ( National Level Painting Competition), Thirkan (Group And Solo Dance Competition) And The Final Cut (A Short Film Making Competition).The first position in MPower was grabbed by ‘Vikings’ (Yogesh Kumar, Vivek Mishra, Sourav Saha) of XIMB and the runners up were team ‘P10’ (Rachit Saxena, Chiranjiv Bal, Gagandeep Singh Bisht) of MICA. Ad-Valorem was won by team ‘Diva Drive’ (Shilpa Shrivastva, Sheeba Roberts) of XIMB while team ‘Invincibles’ (Vaishali Chandani, Sumit Kumar Choudhary,Nishtha Kathuria) from IIM-Visakhapatnam finished as runners-up.

Paint@ XIMB gave an outlet to students to express their creativity. In the senior category, ITER, BBSR took home both the prizes with Dibyabeena Hota as the winner and Vaishnavi Thakur as the runner-up. DAV CSPUR did an encore of sorts by waltzing through the junior category as Himansu Sekhar Sahoo pipped Aarya Panigrahi by the closest of margins.

The Final Cut, a short film making competition saw a range of submissions on the theme “Sangharsh” from budding film-makers. Team ‘Up To You’ from ITER, BBSR won the first prize while team ‘Loyalites’ from Chennai went home with the critics` choice award.

Inquizzitive was won by team ‘Tall Dark Handsome’ (Sampad Pattanaik, Omkar Amrutanshu Siddhant Kamal Nayak) and the runner-uo was team ‘No Name’ (Saransh Mohapatra, Prateek Mishra, Ritwik Tripathy).

Thirkan, the dance competition of Xpressions finished with several laudable performances. The ‘Vigoureux Crew’ from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack won the group dance event after a tough competition from team ‘Danza’ of ITER, BBSR. Devjyoti Goswami, of Sophitorium College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar captivated the hearts of the audience and walked away with the trophy of the solo dance category. The Marketing Association of XIMB organised the Maxim Mela for the three days, which is a form of disguised research and helps them gather unbiased, real-time choices of customer about products and/or brands. This data is used for further analysis to solve real-time problems faced by associating companies.

The curtains came down on Xpressions ’19 with Celeblitz, the celebrity night. XIMB was honoured to host the magical Bollywood singer, Mika Singh, who astounded the audience with his popular hits. His set-list was a combination of his compositions, which were deliriously lapped up by the enthusiastic crowd. His performance was a fitting coda to Xpressions ’19.

Interviews

Venues

Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.