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Sangram’17- What Sangram truly stands for!

United in spirit, sports coordinators of IIMK,B,T,V

“Sangram”, the literary translation of the word from Hindi may be “Combat”, but the 3-day Sports championship between four elite IIMs of the south stands for much more. Every Indian is aware of what it takes to be accepted by these premier institutes and this face off between IIM Bangalore,IIM Kozhikode, IIM Trichy and IIM Vishakapatnam was not just amongst MBA students, but amongst all-rounders, each champions in their own rights.

IIM Kozhikode was bestowed with the honour of hosting this year’s highly anticipated edition and we strived to make it memorable for all the contingents. Inspired by the exemplary arrangements made by IIMB when they hosted this event last year, we kick-started the event with a jaw-dropping opening ceremony replete with a first-ever laser show, traditional lamp-lighting ceremony and a scintillating dance performance which left the audience wanting for more.The highlight, however, was our pioneering efforts in introducing aerial coverage of the events and capturing heroes-without-capes battling it out for crowning glory(check out the teaser below). The after-movie made from these videos will soon be shared with all to relive the excitement!

While the players and the cheering squad gave an adrenaline rush to all who witnessed it, others worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that IIMK played its role as hosts to perfection. Sports, however, is not limited to the sportspeople alone. Understanding this sentiment, the hospitality was extended to the supporting staff and the bus drivers of the contingents as well. We were helped in our efforts by none other than our beloved chettas and chechis ,who voluntarily jumped in like the superheroes they are and even lent their voices for the cheering squad!

But this post would be incomplete without acknowledging the whole-hearted support of the other three participating IIMs. Coming down all the way to Kozhikode’s picturesque campus and then giving it their all for this three day battle of guts and glory highlights their exemplary sportsmanship and team spirit. IIM Kozhikode have emerged champions this year after having faced and fought intense competition. Kozhikode has seen the worst rains this year and yet our contingent has practiced day in and out to rise up to the challenge.After all, sports and the twin spirits of camaraderie and sportsmanship is not a zero-sum game.

Sangram is not just an event, but an integral part of our existence. The contingent is not comprised of just our batch-mates but warriors of our wolf pack.Nothing can beat the thrill of representing your college, bearing the hopes of your comrades upon your shoulders and winning it for the home ground. All said and done, all the four IIMs stand united in our fight to lift the Sangram trophy. With renewed vigor and sportsmanship we all await Sangram 2018 !!


PS: For a good read and a good vibe, follow IIM B’s ‘official blog’ post on Sangram 2017:


~Public Relations Cell, IIM Kozhikode

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We Are The Champions of Sangram’17

Aspiring managers from the most prestigious business schools in South India came to prove their mettle in the field of sports, as they battled it out for the coveted winner’s trophy at Sangram, the annual sports festival contested by IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Trichy and IIM Vishakhapatnam.

The 12th edition of Sangram was hosted by IIM Kozhikode and proved to be better and bigger than all its previous versions. And after ferociously indelible training and planning, the splendid performances were there before everyone during the three-day sports fiesta which saw IIM Kozhikode emerge as its champions.

The festival which commenced on Friday saw a plethora of indoor and outdoor sporting competitions. The inaugural ceremony was a gala affair with awe-inspiring music and dance performances accompanied by an enthralling laser show with lights as radiant as the participant’s energies and enthusiasm.

While cricket, football, kho-kho, volleyball, throwball, basketball, tennis, badminton, hockey, and swimming gave the contestants a chance to showcase their efforts and continuous sweat-it-outs at the field, games like chess, pool and carom demanded them to wrack their mental faculties in order to enhance their accuracy and ability to strategize.

Focussing on the medals tally, IIM Kozhikode led the roost with 11 gold, 8 silver, and 1 bronze, followed by IIM Bangalore winning 8 gold and IIM Trichy and Vishakapatnam winning 1 gold each.

Rohan Agarwal, the Overall Coordinator for Sangram, emphasized on the Sports Committee’s efforts that they invested over a period of three months, overcoming the forces of nature and an extremely crucial summer placements week. Extending heartfelt gratitude, he thanked the competing teams and the audiences, “It was not the effort of Sports Committee alone but everyone who came to play and more importantly who came to cheer across the venues. I would also like to thank the participants from IIM Bangalore, IIM Vishakhapatnam and IIM Trichy for coming and making Sangram such a big success.”

IIM Kozhikode certainly is enjoying the reveries of this impactful achievement. It has successfully ‘Gone the Distance’ and now waits for Sangram 2018 with new found confidence to repeat this winning feat.


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 !