The Indian MBA Association hosted their flagship event, Utsav, a couple of weeks ago. Utsav literally means ‘festival’. At the Fisher College of Business, Utsav is the celebration of Indian music, dance, food and culture. As have been told by numerous people, Utsav keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. A testament to that was over 50 participants in the dance, fashion show and musical performances.
The performances included number of dances to the tune of vibrant Bollywood and folk music. We had an inspired performance by Ayan Sengupta, singing couple of my favorite songs, accompanied by some of the most wonderful artists I know on different musical instruments. Fashion show was a highlight for the staff and faculty who participated. It was fun to see people in colorful Indian attire very different from the usual business outfits. The theme of the fashion show was depicting changes in Indian fashion in the last 60 odd years.Even Dean Wruck walked the aisle!
The event had to be moved to the Rotunda at Mason Hall due to rain. Utsav has traditionally be organized in front of Fisher Hall in the courtyard. Even though there were some space restrictions the event was overwhelmingly received and we had an audience of almost 400 people. I personally took part in a three different dance performances and was warmed to hear that people enjoyed the event. Participants had spent over 4 weekends practicing, kudos to them.
IMBAA also organized Indian food from Sher-e-Punjab, a local Indian restaurant, for everyone who attended. Due to rain we had to organize the lunch inside Mason and it got a little crowed, but from what I heard everybody enjoyed the food immensely. Check out the pictures below to get a feel for the intoxicating Indian spirit: