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Monday , November 5 , 2012
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Fest beyond conventions

After Bridging the Gap last year, Jamshedpur-based premier business school XLRI is ready to move Beyond Convention.

Ensemble, a three-day annual mega festival hosted by the cradle, is set to get bigger and definitely better this year with XLRI planning to add an element of fun, something that they thought was missing in the previous editions of the event. The fest is scheduled to be held from November 8 with expected participation of more than 1,000 students from 60 business schools from around the country.

So what is different this year?

Expect out of the box events this year, with budding business managers shunning their corporate suits and donning a chef’s hat to take part in an on-the-spot culinary competition. To spice things up, the rookie manager-cum-chefs would have minimum resources at their disposal, which they are supposed to put to the best possible use.

Then there will be quizzing league, which would allow the participating students to attend multiple quizzes, on various themes, simultaneously on the campus.

The organisers said the fest will host 30 events from the six domains of human resources, marketing, finance, strategy, operations and industrial relations, this year.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Sunday, convenor of Ensemble 2012 Ravi Ramnath, said the event this year will be nothing like anything that had been witnessed in the previous years.

“The theme of the fest this year is Beyond Convention. Staying true to that we have added a number of interesting events, apart from the traditional ones. Ensemble is one of the biggest inter-business school fest in the country and we are working towards making it a special this year,” Ramnath said.

He added that the fest also, for the very first time, has introduced the concept of an open-air theatre that would screen movies according to the audience’s choice and votes.

“There will be sets of movies, including classics, that we will put up for vote. The set of movies garnering the maximum number of votes will be screened,” a member of the organising committee said.

He added that the movies up for vote was a mix of classic and the modern from various genres like comedy to romance. Former XLRI students from across the globe had suggested the titles.

Also, this time around, the fest will conclude with a DJ night and not with an usual band performance. Mumbai based DJ Praveen Nair is expected to light up the show on its last day, November 10.

Dracula, the dramatics club of the cradle, will also present two plays, instead of one, during the fest this year.

The cradle will also continue with its more conventional yet much in demand events of Prometheus, War of Wits, Strategikon, Circus Maximus, Helios and Strike or Yield this year.