It is believed that in the face of challenge, always lookout for opportunities. This is exactly what Team Abhyudaya did, putting their collective efforts towards making IFMR GSB’s flagship cultural program a huge success albeit on an online platform.
When you think of a Sunday morning, the first thing that would come to anyone’s mind would be a lazy one, waking up late and probably going back to sleep again. Abhyudaya’21, true to its theme *Escape Escapades*, made us break or escape our usual routine, and what a morning to remember! Team Abhyudaya managed to get the mix right for a perfect inauguration day which included words of wisdom from the members of IFMR GSB, Krea family. The highlight of the day was a truly inspiring and fun-filled session by the Chief Fun Officer at Capgemini Tech, Mr. Mike Murali. The inaugural day of Abhyudaya was hosted by members of Team Abhyudaya - Malvika Parnami and Meenakshi Murugan who outperformed themselves despite the limitations of the online mode. The inaugural speech of Abhyudaya’21 was delivered by Dean of IFMR GSB, Dr. Shobha Das, who in her time laid out the roadmap for the day and inspired us to keep improvising and reminded us that even though the times, the spirit should never diminish. She also named all the participating clubs and committees which included:
- Speakers Club
- Women in Business
- Entrepreneurship Cell
As the message from our Dean was quite clear about never giving up despite the obstacles, the event that followed was truly in synergy with that idea, “Lighting of the Lamp”. As Emily Dickinson rightly said, “Hope is a thing with feathers”, the lighting of the lamp gave us hope, it cleared a path, and eliminated all the uncertainty that came with it.
Next up in line of talks was our very own Vice-Chancellor of Krea University, Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy, who highlighted the meaning of Abhyudaya and also shed light on the mission statement of Krea - “Preparing humanity for an unpredictable world”.
What followed were stimulating words by our MBA Chair, Mr. Suresh Venkatraman, who was simple in communicating his idea of “Value Addition”.
Music is Magic, throughout history Music has been used to send messages to the heavenly deities, Akbar’s court had Tansen, IFMR GSB has our very own ‘SHAAN’sen, and her name is Dr. Madhuri Saripalle, who mesmerized everyone with her Veena. The composition she played was a prayer to Lord Ganesha seeking his blessings and protection from obstacles and for granting wishes.
Next up, we had Retired Group Captain Ramesh, the Chief Administrative Officer at Krea University. Straightforward and to the point as always, Gp Captain Ramesh pointed out the lack of rush in everyone’s lives due to the pandemic, yet he went on to also highlight how important it was for the students to be prepared for the time and adapting at every stage of life. In his address, he appealed to the students to be a flagbearer and carrying on the legacy moving forward.
Post the inspiring words of wisdom, it was finally the turn of the Chief Guest for the morning, Mr. Mike Murali, Chief Fun Officer at Capgemini, to grace the occasion and impart his knowledge and experience to the eagerly awaiting students of Krea University. Mike Murali being the only CHIEF FUN OFFICER in the Indian Corporate Sector, has over 19 years of industry experience in corporate planning roles such as branding, internal communication event, and employee engagements.
Managing more than 1.3 lakh employees at Capgemini Technology Services, Mike has strived towards the engagement of employees focusing on engagements that increases happiness and satisfaction among his employees.
Mike goes on to relate and shares his insights on the theme of the event called ESCAPE ESCAPADES. Calling himself an escapist, he highlighted why escaping should not be a part of our lives, relating to his personal experiences as well as philosophical thought processes.
After the opening address, the events followed including a mesmerizing virtual performance by Team Nritya, the dance club at IFMR GSB. Three days of escaping from the regular world and venturing into one filled with games, inspiration, and camaraderie -- Abhyudaya 2021 is truly an experience that IFMR GSB students will never forget.
Kshitij Garg and Mohd Amir
First-year students of IFMR GSB, Krea University