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“Abhyudaya 2015 – Memories of a lifetime” by Digya Soni

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40 colleges… 850 students… and 21 electric competitions and events.
Abhudaya 2015 rocked… and how!

As First Year Students of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur, we had pretty much figured during the last month of hectic preparations, that Abhyudaya is quite the “big deal” here… but never really expected it would be this big a deal! The 9th edition of Jaipuria Jaipur’s Annual festival – better known as Abhyudaya 2015 – was a 2-day extravaganza that saw excited participants from colleges across the country. Held on October 31st and November 1st the atmosphere was electric and the bonding with fellow students from different parts of India was like response to stimuli.

As a part of the organising team, I know for sure that we did everything possible to ensure that guests who had travelled the distance to take part in the revelries felt at home in the Pink City. By the time we were done, Jaipuria Jaipur donned a festive look – like the echo of Diwali – and participants poured in over the course of the 2 days. As always, Abhyudaya 2015 started with the traditional lighting of the lamp, and Dr. Swati Soni, Assistant Dean (Academics) encouraging one and all to “compete hard, and party hard!” while enthusiastically welcoming the participants; making way for the welcome-dance-group-song routine we had practiced so hard. It set the tone for a high-octane Abhyudaya 2015.

From Photography, to Face painting, Rangoli, Arty Sticks, Ad Mad Show, Best out of Waste, Solo Singing, Bollywood Quiz, Band war, Duet dance, and Group dance…. we were spoilt for choice on day one.

“Stage is my runbhumi , music is my sword and voice is my will!!!” I remember-Jaysukh Suthar roaring into the microphone right before the Band War team of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur, hit the chords and let the drums roll. We wound up late in the night, after the rollicking Fashion Show, believing that the 2nd day could not top it all. Wrong!

Of all the things, it was the Nukkad Natak competition that stole the show. So much so that even Deputy Director, Rajasthan Tourism acknowledged that the current generation feels things more than before.

“It really is a great mix of cultures and talents,” said my colleague at Jaipuria Jaipur, Kunal Godwani, to me at the end of the Nukkad Natak. “A reminded of things… the darker sides of our society that need to be attended as soon as possible.”

The event list wast exhaustive – Collage making competition, a cookery show, Beta, T-Shirt Painting, Brand Drum Charades, Debate, Paper Dance, Comedy Show, solo dance; so much so that at a point we were not sure we’ll be able to wind it all up. The Business Plans competition threw up what arguably could be some of the big businesses of the future.

By the end of it all, some carried bragging rights and trophies to show for their efforts, but everybody carried memories for a lifetime.

Come to think of it, Abhyudaya has grown to big to fit into just 2 days. Any takers for a 3-day Abhyudaya 2016?!!

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