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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:  https://b-heard.in/2014/sangram-2017/

Cheers!

~Public Relations Cell, IIM Kozhikode

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IIMB dominates Sangram 2010

Things didn’t start the right way. 3 tyre bursts, 1 hour spent at the checkpost convincing the inspector-in-charge regarding the validity of the bus documents and finally travelling by local buses to reach our destination IIM Bangalore, the scheduled venue for the Sangram-2010. These were in some ways signs of things to come, and in a small way also responsible for them.

Sangram 2010 never went as per our expectations. There was a buzz around that IIMB was seeing Sangram as a practice ahead of some events they considered more major ones. Upset by these rumours we wanted to prove them wrong by displaying our might, but then a result of 11-3 in favour of IIMB does cut out a sorry face of IIMK in this particular event. Except for Basketball, Chess and Pool where IIMK emerged victorious on account of some stunning displays of skills and expertise, other events are not worth boasting about. The scoreline though does not indicate that it was a close competition for most parts of it.  Badminton, throwball, carrom, football and swimming saw close games which could have gone either way. K-ites succumbed not because of lack of talent but because of lack of practice, which ensured that IIMB edged ahead in these events. Of course they had the advantage of playing in familiar conditions . On the other hand some of  our tired souls, on account of the journey we had, playing in new conditions could not match upto the performance of IIMB players. The chess team did an intelligent thing when they requested their game to be held on the next day, though it was sheduled a few hours after we reached there. This master stroke was followed by several master strokes which saw the team coming out with flying colours. There were few positives, but we need to focus on reasons why we failed to live up to our own expectations. The sports was a true winner when most of the games were played in a great spirit. The event highlights the all round development that happens in IIMs, truly getting reflected in fine overall performances in such events.

We congratulate IIMB on their spectacular success, but we also respect the never say die attitude that our college mates displayed. As Sportscom member Arjun Rao aptly put ” come Sangram 2011, and the things will be different”. Till then it is time to keep playing and keep improving, and above all keep having fun. Sangram 2010 was a grand success, and IIMB will agree it will remain one of the very best events to have been held in their campus. Cheers to the two of the best colleges of the country for making it possible.