XLers challenge conventions : ENSEMBLE’ 2012 'Ensemble 2012', the annual management fest of XLRI, was held from November 8 th to November 10th with the theme 'Beyond Conventions'. The title sponsor for the fest was Cairn India. GSK Consumer Healthcare, State Bank of India, Hindistan Petroleum, Pepsico, Perfetti Van Melle Cognizant and Aircel were other major sponsors. The summit was inaugurated by Father E Abraham, SJ, director of XLRI and Fr Tony Uvari, dean (student affairs) at XLRI. Delivering the inaugural speech, Fr Abraham spoke about how Ensemble has grown to become one of the biggest B-School summits of the country and also touched upon the theme of going beyond conventions in today’s corporate world. The fest saw participation of over 200 students from some of the top B-schools in the country, including IIM-A, ISB Hyderabad, IIM-L, IIMShillong, TISS, NITIE, IIFT, IMT Ghaziabad, DoMS-IIT Delhi, DoMS-IIT Roorkee and XIMB. The flagship events for the fest were organized by various departmental committees. GSK Consumer Healthcare conducted the event entHRone, which was highly stimulating and consisted of seven rounds over the course of two days. War of Wits, the flagship event of Ensemble, was organized by SAPPHIRE and sponsored by Pepsico. Genesis- an inter college B-plan competition, was a first time event conducted by newly constituted Entrepreneurship Cell and sponsored by Indian Angel Network that offered participants an opportunity to present their business plans in front of industry experts and win seed funding for their ventures. Another highlight of fest was the Idea Summit Conclave with eminent guests such as Deepika Kumari, current world rank #2 in archery; Premlata Agarwal, the oldest Indian woman to have scaled Mount Everest at the age of 48; and Charles Borromeo, a Padma Shri and an Arjuna Award winner for contributions to athletics. Addressing the audience, Ms. Agarwal said , “If I can do it, you can too” to inspire confidence in the budding managers of tomorrow. She also talked about achievements, saying, “What you deserve and what you get are different, the difference being the willpower”. True to this year's theme of going beyond conventions, a whole set of events called ‘iConcept’ gave students the opportunity to conceptualize and execute their own events. Under the umbrella of this parent competition, events such as Angry birds ‘Ande ka Funda’ challenge, Bazinga (creative advertising event), I Leni U Deni (brand based marketing event) and Tale O Photos (photography event) were organized, resulting in huge participation. The fire was burning bright even on the non-technical side of Ensemble. Master Chef, a culinary competition, was conducted by INFRACOM and saw participation of over 100 participants. DRACULA, dramatics and cultural society of XLRI, organized a Hindi and an English play, face painting and tattoo making competitions, solo singing and dancing event and quizzes. Solaris, a light painting event using long exposure cameras, was a first time event and was a hit with the participants. XLRI closed curtains on the three day mega event with an amazing wet night, featuring DJ Praveen Nair.