Echoes 2012, the Annual Cultural Festival of The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) concluded on the 15th of January, 2012. This premier event, captioned ‘The Big Bang’ was conducted by the Cultural Committee of IIM Kozhikode with exciting events spread over three days. The event’s title sponsor is the Central Bank of India and associate sponsor is Union Bank of India. This year’s edition saw participation from undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the country.
The bundle of events was diverse and highly challenging. Literary events such as Mo(s)tley Lit, Wordly Pleasures, Gab-berish and Argumentative Indian laid challenges to those fervent fans of the English language who could think on their feet. While the two Quizzes teased the participants’ brains, creative events such as Wall’s Treat, Toe Steppers and Hill Top Jam celebrated ideas and expressions. Fun contests such as the virtual gaming contest Crash n Burn, Tresure Hunt and A Night on Tiles saw an encouraging turnout and ethusiastic participation.
The flagship events began with NIFT, Kannur and NIT, Calicut grabbing the top two places at ConcorDance, the group dance extravaganza, which gave away prizes worth Rs. 30000 to the winners. Concordance was judged by renowned international performer and choreographer George Jacob and Neha Gupta who helped the students learn some cool moves at the Salsa and Bachata dance workshop. Workshops on photography and digital film making were also conducted. Curtain Call – the stage play contest, brought out the creative best among the budding playwrights. In this event, with prizes worth Rs.28000 to be won, NIT Calicut emerged victorious with their moving play about the perils of the rural Kerala and IIM Kozhikode bagged the second position for its offbeat offering. The Altar of Rock – the semi pro rock band face-off was topped by the Kochi based band ‘Black Letters’ which bagged prizes worth Rs. 37,500. Ramp-age – the fashion show was won by the team from IIM Kozhikode for their traditional Kerala themed display with MIT, Manipal close at their heels with their funky party themed show.
Amongst the special performances were ‘India Nite’, which featured famed Indian classical musician and practicioner of the Kirana Gharana style, Pandit Ajay Pohankar. Neeraj Shridar, the Bombay Vikings frontman enthralled the audience with popular movie numbers on the ‘Bollywood Nite’. Thermal and a Quarter rocked their way into the audience hearts and held them captive which their unique music during ‘Rock Nite’.The central event on the final day was the stirring talk by Oscar and National award winning sound wizard Resul Pookutty who shared his views on importance of education and finding one’s own identity against the odds. Mr. Pookutty’s rags to riches story of going from humble origins to global recognition inspired the students.
Echoes 2012 was a grand success and ‘The Big Bang’ is only poised to return bigger next year.