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XLRI’s Ensemble kicks off on a high note, 12 B-school students participate

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Jamshedpur, Nov. 13: Ensemble kicked off on Friday with the inauguration ceremony held at the Father Prabhu Hall.

The chief guest for the event was Shyaam Subramanian – Senior City Director at Teach for India.

The inauguration attracted a large audience, and various dignitaries from the XLRI including Fr. E Abraham, Director of XLRI, Professor Pranabesh Ray, Dean – Academics, Fr. S George, Dean – Administration and Fr. James Santhanam, Associate Dean – Student Affairs were in attendance. Also present were Abhijit Roy, the General Secretary of the Student Affairs Council and Dipanjan Saha, Convenor of ‘Ensemble.’

The theme of ‘Ensemble’ this year is “Progressive India: Winds of Change.”

Speaking at the inaugural function, Subramanian recounted his personal experiences of working for Teach for India and the new progressive leadership required to propel our nation to greater heights by ushering in the winds of change. He emphasised on the importance of having conviction in our vision, inspiring leaders and a need for collective dialogue.

The director welcomed the gathering and talked about the rich legacy and tradition of ‘Ensemble.’ The General Secretary of Student Council spoke about the contemporary nature of the theme and the need for management students to understand the changing trends in demography, business aspirations and the idea of progress in India while making key decisions. The convenor elaborated on the existence of ‘Ensemble’ as a platform for the confluence of ideas and creative expression.

Post the inauguration ceremony of ‘Ensemble 2015,’ the flagship business events in Strategy and HR, Domain events and the flagship Next Generation Leader event began with a lot of fervour. Many cultural events like Acoustic JAM, Informal dance and a unique comedy event called Phool Kumari were also conducted with much fanfare.

The highlights for the day were the Masterchef event – a distinctive culinary competition to bring out the closet cook in students and the debate events like Advocatus Diaboli and CASH Debate hosted by the various on-campus committees. The showstopper event for the first day was a night of thrilling fusion rock music by the pioneering rock act of the country – Indian Ocean. The performance witnessed an amazing turnout and XLers experienced an evening of sublime music.

Apart from flagship events like Strategikon, War of Wits and The Next Gen Leader, Ensemble is also hosting Domain events, Model United Nations along with numerous cultural programs as a part of its repertoire. With over Rs. 15 lakh of prize money at stake across business, cultural and informal competitions, there is much to look forward to at the extravaganza that is ‘Ensemble ‘15.’

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