Bhubaneswar: The three-day cultural extravaganza of Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) -Zamboree’19- came to an end , here on Sunday.

The day kick-started with SPIC MACAY XUB Chapter’s flagship event, Dharohar which was a classical competition of singing, dancing, and instrumental arts. The first judge for this event was the popular Odissi Soloist, Rahul Acharya, widely known as The Divine Dancer, and the second judge was the award-winning singer, Nazia Alam, who also has been a finalist of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Show (Zee TV). The event witnessed participants from different institutions of the country. In the dancing category, Hare Krushna Dhall from Nrutya Naivedya, Smarnika Hota from Mother Public School, and Dipti Ranjan Baral from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya emerged as first, second, and third winners respectively. In singing, Ankur Biplav from XCOMP, XUB, and Suman Sunayna from D.M. School secured first and second positions, respectively. In the category of instrument playing, Pintu Mallick and Dipti Ranjan Bahar (Duet) of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya emerged as the winners.

Coordinator of Spicmacay Jetee Prakash Das said, “We were delighted to have so many participants from all over Odisha. It was a musical extravaganza of classical and folk art forms. Needless to say, it turned out to be one of the best competitions of Xamboree 2019.”

Continuing with the events, RMAX – Rural Managers’ Association of XSRM, XUB organized Spardha, a National Level Inter-college Social Business Plan Competition, wherein the participants got an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurship and decision-making skills, along with a test of their social quotient. In the event, teams were sent to different villages for observing and interacting with the local people to figure out an existing challenge and come up with a feasible business plan for a solution. The teams for the final round were selected via a quiz on the thereof rural development. Sugandha Kumari and Siddharth Achary of Xavier School of Rural Management, Bhubaneswar emerged as the winners of the event.

One of the participants, Shrey Kumar quoted, “It was an out of the box competition which gave a lot of insights to the participants into the happenings of the rural sector like entrepreneurship, development, government schemes, etc. ”

The gaming committees of XUB, Gladiator, conducted their Third Round – The Dark Room where candidates were critically examined to evaluate their managerial prowess. This was the final round of this event in which participants underwent stress interviews exposing their abilities to handle different circumstances. The team Shadows (Vaibhav Khandelwal and Vignes Sharma) of MDI, Murshidabad came out as the winners.

One of the winners quoted, “The event was well-planned and organized. We got to learn a lot from this one of a kind gaming event.”

HabituX – The XAHS Association and XIMAHR – The HR Association of XAHR hosted their flagship event, ProAct, the Ultimate Strategy Competition at Xamboree. ProAct provided an amazing opportunity to the participating teams to bring their strategic skills to the canvas. During the event, each team reeled off its decision-making ability and added up some fun, humor, communication, and spontaneity to the tasks. The judges for the event were Prof. Tanmoy Das (XAHR), and Prof. Prashant Prasad (XAHS).

One of the organizers of the event, Aakansha Sinha quoted, “Proact is one of a kind of business management event which judged the creativity, strategic thinking and how innovative the participants were. Everyone out there including the judges had a whale of a time. Also, we as organizers had a great time designing and organizing the entire event.”

The winning team was, Doc_Preneurs (Chandan Chowdhury and Alka Srivastava) and the first runners up were, team Mangalgotri (Piyush Aggarwal and Amit Mohanty).

X-Stage, XUB in association with Xamboree organized its flagship event, TAMASHA. It is the Nukkad Natak Competition of the fest. Teams from various colleges had registered and sent in the synopsis and a short clip of their street play. Then, the selected teams were invited to perform at XUB. They had the liberty to choose their topics which were restricted to social issues and causes. They were judged based on the clarity and presentation of the social issue, the route to solve it, originality of the street play, and the use of props and music. The judges for the event were Prof. Vikrant Vijay Patil (XSoS), and Jeetendranath Mohapatra, a notable personality of the Odia film industry. Team Toneelstuk from the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) emerged as the winner of the event.

Saee Zoting, team member- X-Stage quoted, “It was really fascinating to watch young minds come up with innovative ideas and the way they have portrayed every detail through drama!”

X-Stage also hosted Dhwani’19, which is a solo singing competition organized in two rounds on the 1st and 2nd day of the fest. It provides a platform to the talented youth of colleges across India to showcase their vocals in either classical or western music. The finale witnessed a cut-throat musical war between the contestants which put the very talented judges of the event, Randip Palit and Rojalin Sahu in a dilemma, as to whom to crown as the winner. Ashutosh Behera from SOA University and Mr. Karthikeya from KIIT University won in the Classical/Bollywood and Western categories respectively.

As quoted by one of the participants, Suryanshu Panda, “The event was really excellent. The singers selected were really talented. Even the judges were great!”

To conclude the day, Bombay Bassment, a Mumbai based band whose music is a blend of Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae, Funk, Drum, and Bass, performed live and captivated the audience with their high energy and hip-shaking performances. In association with Red Bull Music, NUCLEYA, the country’s most popular EDM sensation and influential independent artist, performed live at the celeb night of Xamboree, which created buzz and excitement all over the city. He rendered magic with his scintillating performance and made the crowd groove to his hits like Laung Gawacha, Bass Rani, etc. One of the spectators exclaimed, “This was the moment I was looking forward to the most and NUCLEYA exceeded our expectations, raising the bar of Xamboree to a whole new level altogether!”