Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar successfully concluded "Xpressions'21", the
flagship annual management and cultural festival, on 20th February 2022. This year, the
festival was conducted in the online mode and stretched over two days from 19th February to
20th February. The resplendent festival drew a large number of participants from several
reputed institutions across India.
The festival witnessed a myriad of business and cultural events. The various committees
conducted their flagship competitions ranging from case studies, business simulations,
quizzes, extempore and many more. Case study competitions like "MPower" conducted by
Maxim, XIM's marketing committee, and "Maven" conducted by Constrat, XIM's consulting
and strategy consortium, saw massive participation. "Nirnay", an in-house business
simulation game conducted by X-Ops, XIM's operations committee, attracted several
participants along with their flagship case study competition, "Aarohan". XSys, XIM's
systems committee, conducted the case study competition, "Case Connect", which tested the
business analytics skill of the participants.
In addition, SpeakUp, XIM's oratory committee, organized the XIM Model United Nations
conference, consisting of two councils – UNHRC and International Press. Focusing on
societal awareness, the Social Responsibility Cell of XIM conducted "Vriddhi", a CSR action
plan competition, which witnessed quality submissions from the participants. "Inquizzitive",
the flagship event of the quiz committee of XIM, XQuizzite, was held with great enthusiasm.
"Vaktritva", organized by the Social Responsibility Cell and the Speak Up committees,
focused on how management skills can be used to better society.
Adding to the extravagant events, the flagship case study competition of Xpressions'21, "Jack
of All Trades," tested the participants' overall business acumen. XFin, XIM's finance
committee, hosted a trading simulation game, "Trade Wars", for all the financial enthusiasts.
"Ad Valorem" from XIM's entrepreneurship cell, XSeed, invited the contestants to showcase
their entrepreneurial skills. IRC, the International Relations Committee of XIM, held thenational level pitching competition, "Pitch It Abroad", with equal enthusiasm.
Adding to the splendidness of the festival, Xpressions'21 witnessed a plethora of cultural
events with participants from across the country. The several cultural and informal events
were "Footloose" & "Thirkan", where participants matched their beats to Western & Indian dancing style; "Abhinay", the solo acting event; "Carnival De Vogue", the ramp walkcompetition of XIM. "Flight of Fancy", a quiz and treasure hunt event, was organized by
LitSoc, the Literary Society of XIM. "Symphony" and "Goonj" captured the musical genius
in Western and Indian singing genres, respectively. "Lensation", a photography competition,
was conducted by X-Lens. Team IlluminatiX, the media and PR cell of XIM, witnessedexceptional submissions for its annual Short-Film making competition, "The Final Cut".
This year 39 edition of ;XAthon the epilogue marathon event of Xpression'21, revolved
around the theme "Walking for Disability Rights". The proceeds for the event would be
donated towards the cause of helping our specially-abled friends.
Xpressions'21 ended with astounding success. The online mode could not curb the
enthusiastic and energetic participation witnessed across the several events of the festival,
making it one of the most noteworthy B-school festivals of the country.
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.