The Cultural Committee of the Indian Institute of Management Udaipur strives to celebrate the cultural diversity on campus by celebrating various cultural festivals and events. The committee ensures that the students have a home-away-from-home experience at IIM Udaipur. The committee provides enough opportunities for the students to relax and enjoy campus life amidst rigorous academics. In short, we fill colors in the student life at IIM Udaipur.
The members of the IIMU community come from diverse backgrounds and celebrating our differences and similarities helps us unite and learn from each other. Cultural sensitivity is important in today's business world and the cultural committee strives to ensure the same on campus. The committee also seeks to provide platforms for students to showcase their talents and creativity by collaborating with other clubs like FootWorx, Octaves, CreArt and Live Puppets and organizing various events throughout the year.
Audacity'17, the flagship cultural extravaganza of IIMU, is our pioneering endeavor to provide the youth a unique opportunity to participate in some crazy events and explore their unexplored-selves. Audacity is a class apart from other college fests with some inimitable and never-tried-before events like Speed Dating, Angry Birds, Snook ball, and a Treasure Hunt all around Udaipur. To take the wacky-ness quotient to newer heights, there's Insomnia Night, complete with a camp fire to kill the chill, all-night gaming and a musical night setup.
Other engrossing events include War of Bands, Fashion Show, Chef-e-Udaipur, Pub Quiz, Dance competitions, Music and Art. Audacity'17 also featured a dazzling performance by Bollywood playback singer, Shalmali Kholgade.
The colours of life came back to full sparkle once again at IIMU when the Holi celebrations reached full fervour in the campus. The festival is celebrated with everyone’s enthusiasm, sweets, lots of gulaal and dancing. The festival is a true testimony to the fact that togetherness lifts the mood of celebrations to a different level. All batches of PGP and PGPX unite and play Holi. Later they join for a delicious lunch with thandai and sweets prepared by the Mess staff for the occasion.
Celebrations and cheers continue to be written time and again in the cultural activities at IIMU. The Food Fiesta is organized in the last week of February. The essence of sharing, joy, happiness and the spirit of celebrations are revered in this four day long festival jointly organized by CulComm and MessComm – The Mess Committee of IIMU. The flavour of the food is enhanced by the hospitality and the culture where the PGP-1s serve the food to their seniors, PGP-2s and the PGPX students along with the faculty.The festival gives everyone on campus a taste of the culinary diversity in our country.
In the last edition, North Indian food was served with the very famous Chicken Tandoori on day 1. Day 2 saw South Indian food with delicious Pepper Chicken and Sambar being served. On Day 3, people were treated to the delicacies of the East with Fish curry and Kheer Kadam. Delicacies from West with Dabeli and Laal Maas was served in style on day 4.
Ganesh Puja is celebrated on campus with high energy and galore. The Lord Ganesha idol is welcomed into the campus with aarti and pooja early morning. Lord Ganesha stays in the campus for three days, and each day pooja is performed in the morning as well as evening. The Ganesha idol is immersed on the last day with a grand procession and gulaal celebrations.
The festival of colors, lights, beautiful dresses and most importantly of Dandiya and Dance is celebrated with utter zeal at IIMU. Vibrant traditional dresses for the student community are arranged, the hostel area is decorated all over with colorful lights, the music is set up and the stage is set for a perfect Dandiya Night. Students dance to the Garba tunes till midnight. The Garba experts on campus take this opportunity to teach fellow batch mates as well as exchange students the art of Garba.
One of the most awaited and widely celebrated festivals across India is also celebrated with great cheerfulness and happiness at IIMU. The hostels are adorned with colorful dangling lights and diyas are placed at the every doorstep. The venue is decorated with wonderful rangolis and diyas. It is a soothing yet enthralling sight to see the lights from diyas all around. The evening starts with a traditional Diwali pooja followed by lighting paper lanterns which is a sight to behold. Several games like musical chairs and karaoke singing competition keep students on their feet. Faculty and their families are also invited to participate in the performances. The night ends with a filling traditional dinner for the community.
One of the most important aspects of our culture is the respect and love for our nation. It reflects in the way we celebrate our patriotism here in IIMU. CulComm ensures that the Independence Day and Republic Day are celebrated with fervour and zest each year. Starting with a patriotic speech by a student, the event proceeds to flag hoisting and speech by our respected Director Prof. Janat Shah. After a recital of the national anthem, Octaves – Society of Music, IIMU presents a group song performance of patriotic songs. This is followed by sweet distribution and high tea.
Students turn out in huge numbers to decorate the mess and create a beautiful ambiance to celebrate one of the biggest festivals in India – Eid. Students in elegant traditional attire, dazzling lights and beautiful posters coupled with a delicious dinner provide the perfect setting for celebrating the festival.
The celebrations for this festival of togetherness include the traditional flower carpet, Tug of War, Matki Phod and several other games are followed by a delicious dinner in the mess.