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Of melodies and sporting spirit

IIM students live it up at the Bangalore festival

Big draw: The dances were hugely popular

The sprawling campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, had an unusually eventful week. While the classical music and dance festival Yamini reflected its cultural quotient and attracted art lovers from across the city, the sports meet saw some intense competition between IIM-B and its counterparts from other IIMs.

Ushering in India's 60th Republic Day on campus, the hugely popular Indian classical arts festival was held from dusk to dawn, and saw the biggest turnout ever. It featured well-known names in Indian classical dance and music. The festival is in its sixth year.

The first artiste to perform was Carnatic vocalist Nithyasree. Among other songs, she rendered a Subramania Bharati composition “Bharatha Samudayam Vaazhghave,” a patriotic song that was popularised by her grandmother D. K. Pattammal. She was followed by veena maestro Gayathri, who played “Narayana Ninna” in Shuddha Dhanyasi. Her rendition of “Kurai Onrum Illai” and “Bhaja Govindam” had all Carnatic music lovers hooked.

Third in the line-up, past midnight, was Shambhavi Vaze, Kathak danseuse from Pune. Along with her troupe, Shambhavi performed a ballet that showcased the history of Kathak. The last in line was young Hindusthani maestro Anand Bhate, who began with a khyal in Raag Malkauns. An enthralled audience poured him with requests. Just as dawn was striking, he concluded with a bhajan in Raag Bhairavi “Jo Bhaje Hari Ko Sada,” popularised by his guru Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Intense competition

The students of IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Lucknow continued their battle for supremacy on the sports field at Sangharsh 2010, the inter-IIM sports meet held at IIM-Bangalore from January 23-26. Apart from showing their sporting skills on the field, the students chose to look at the meet as an opportunity to apply their learning in the classroom in real-life scenario. IIM-Bangalore led the points table followed by IIM-Ahmedabad. The highest crowd turnout was witnessed in the BEFG square at IIM-Bangalore, for the ‘gulli-cricket' between the girls teams of IIM-A and IIM-B. Both teams were backed by their cheering squads, with the hosts bringing out the usual bucket-and-sticks orchestra to add rhythm to the event. IIM-B went on to win the match adding to its kitty the victories in badminton, swimming and table tennis.

IIM- Ahmedabad had resounding victories in lawn tennis, football and basketball events.

Maithri B. of IIM-B's sports contingent said, “Although we are playing to win, we are mostly focused on the learning aspect. The group dynamics of a basketball team, for instance, are mostly built on what we learnt in our courses. It's been a great experience.”

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