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BACKWATERS 2017- IIM KOZHIKODE

Every year, come November, ‘Kampus’ starts buzzing with excitement and activity- Backwaters, the flagship management fest of IIM Kozhikode will be drawing to a close on Sunday evening after 3 days of intense competition, entertainment and some groundbreaking cultural performances.

Day one started on a high note, with a potpourri of activities offering something for everyone. The Wipro Earthian Sustainability Quiz and SBI Sustainability Challenge case study were some of the highlights, promoting sustainability in business, the theme of the festival.

Shiksha, a CSR initiative to help school students through career counselling workshops garnered much appreciation. A student from White School, Calicut said “It cleared a lot of doubts. I was asked to write down my top 5 career choices and then given a roadmap on how to best achieve each of them”.

Other highlights of the first day included Avatar- a flagship event for finding the ultimate CEO and Model United Nations which had delegates debating over crucial concerns facing the world today. The evening saw an enthralling performance of Kalaripayattu, a martial arts form originated in Kerala.

The penultimate day commenced with the final round of Chennai Super Kings Re-Launch Case Competition. According to a participant “It was a great opportunity to study the world of sports franchisee through such an iconic brand”.

A collaboration with Josh Talks brought to IIMK inspiring personalities from diverse backgrounds- including N Rajiv-the president of the first gram panchayat to offer free Wifi to the public, Jabir Karat who encouraged moving towards a waste-free India and Jijo Kuriakose-the founder of Queerala all of whom attempted to broaden the horizons of young, bright minds by their extremely moving speeches.

The festival also had an appreciable mix of activities that kept everyone on their toes like the Treasure Hunt whose plot twisting clues made people dash around the campus and a highly interactive workshop by Mad over Marketing. The second day also saw a standup act by Biswa Kalyan Rath, which had everyone falling off their seats in laughter.

Sunday evening would have performances by IIMK’s very own music club and Anand Bhaskar Collective, the rock fusion band that has everyone jamming to their tunes before the 3 day long management saga concludes.

An attendee belonging to SIBM Pune commended Backwaters’ efforts saying “My experience so far has been amazing. The organizing team has been very accommodative and I would definitely recommend coming to IIMK Backwaters to my juniors next year.”  The event saw a participation of around 22,000 (including overseas students) in over 23 events with prizes amounting to 6 lakhs.

Biswa Mast Admi in the house – Power packed comedy on day 2 of Backwaters ’17 !

The comedian who came into prominence through his popular YouTube series “Pretentious Movie Reviews” , has  recently launched his own show “Lakhon me Ek” after the success of his stand-up act Biswa Mast Aadmi on Amazon Prime Video. Biswa always has his audience in splits and recently visited IIM Kozhikode on the Day 2 of their flagship management fest- Backwaters and enthralled the B-school students with his quips and punch lines.
PR Cell got a chance to catch him right after his performance and shot a few questions.Below are the excerpts from the conversation :

PRC : What was your “Aha” moment when you realised you wanted to be a stand-up comedian ?

Biswa : There was no aha moment. It happened gradually over time like most things happen. I used to write and whatever I was writing was becoming popular, so I thought of trying it out on stage. It was a gradual process.

PRC : When was your first gig then?

Biswa : I think it was December 2012.

PRC : You have a new show called “Lakhon Mein Ek” on Amazon Prime. How much is the character based on your life story?

Biswa : It is in fact inspired by my life and a lot of my friends too. The elements of the world that are seen are all real but the story is an amalgamation of various situations and stories.

PRC : Who is your favourite comedian and why ?

Biswa : My favourite comedian would be Louis C.K .Why ? Well he’s the best comedian in the world!

PRC : We have a lot of budding comedians in our campus. What would be your word of advice for them?

Biswa : Just keep doing it , just keep being funny! You should go to different cities and try your material out and you should stick with it for at least two years because that’s how long it takes for you to get your first 45 minutes. Don’t give up and if you want to do it seriously then performing in your college is not going to be enough because your college crowd relates to something that the rest of the world doesn’t really grasp.

PRC : Who did you like the most in our in- house performances today ?

Biswa : Well I liked all of them ! They were very good.

PRC : Okay so our last question. Can we expect a comeback of “Pretentious Movie Reviews”?

Biswa : Unfortunately I don’t think so. You should stop a show on a high note! Hence, we did not drag it too long.

PRC : Thank you so much for your time Biswa !