03 Feb 2020 17:11 IST

A high-energy weekend at IIM Bangalore

National award winning composer Amit Trivedi performed; exciting competitions organised

Unmaad 2020, the three-day cultural fiesta organised, by the students of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B), came to a close with Amit Trivedi and Nishant Suri performing.

Unmaad 2020 also saw the presence of film critic Anupama Chopra, co-founder of Radio Mirchi AP Parigi, and Programming Head of Zee5 India Aparna Acharekar. They spoke about the influence of digital media in transforming the way people consume content. This was followed by a panel discussion with actors Aisha Ahmed and Yashaswani Dayama, content creator Andre Borges, YouTuber Sejal Kumar, actor and content creator of FilterCopyViraj Ghelani, and casting director Mukesh Chhabra. They deliberated on creative freedom in digital content-making such as web series, immediate real-time audience feedback in the form of comments, fact-checking news, and criticism.

The second day saw events such as ‘Get Set Solo’ and ‘Genesis’, where participated danced. ‘No Strings Attached’ showcased western and eastern fusion music bands. A variety of literary and quizzing events got participants using their brainpower to battle it out. ‘Kissa Kaviyon Ka’ was all about poetry writing skills and was divided into ‘Haasya Kavitha’ (humourous poems) and ‘Prem Kavitha’ (love poems). ‘Sp-Ent Enough’, a sports and entertainment quiz rewarded TV buffs and hardcore sports enthusiasts. ‘Mission Improv-able’ challenged those with skills in drama to improvise the scripts given to them and they kept the audience guessing throughout their performance and ‘SOLOloquy’ proved to be a test of theatrical skills.

Stand-up comedy, impromptu oratory

Fun events included ‘Beg Borrow Selfie’, ‘Mr and Ms Unmaad’, ‘Chef’s Hat’, and ‘Snatch’. Beg Borrow Selfie nudged the contestants to outwit their opponents in the race to collect the most ludicrous items and pose with them. Mr and Ms Unmaad was a test of personality, wit and attitude.

In events such as ‘It’s Flippin Good’, participants designed doodles, animations, and cartoon characters based on unique elements given to them. ‘Rap-a-round’ brought hip-hop culture to campus and ‘Gag in the Bag’ was a stand-up comedy show.

The third and final day of Unmaad 2020 had ‘Just Duet’ (choreography contest), ‘War of Superstars’ (solo dance), ‘Voice of Unmaad’ (solo song), ‘Curtain Call’ (drama), JAM (impromptu oratory), ‘Pursuit of Dispute’ (debate), and ‘Pen Express’ (creative writing).

Other highlights of the fest included ‘Live the Dream’, a dreamcatcher-making competition, ‘Survival of the Finest’, an art relay competition with tasks like charcoal sketching, photography and brush-less painting, and ‘Food Wars’, an eat-as-much-as-you-can contest.