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NEW DELHI, Dec 18, 2012, DHNS: 18:45 IST
Events like karaoke, bull-riding and music and dance competitions marked ‘Amaze 2012’

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high...into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake,’ penned Rabindranath Tagore for his countrymen to realise the importance of free minds. Decades later, students of
B-school, IIPM, took up

‘Free Your Mind’ as the theme of their annual festival, Amaze 2012.


“Every year the theme of Amaze is selected keeping in mind the area that interests the youth. Last year the theme was ‘SACK - Students Against Corruption and Kick Backs’. This year we thought we should focus on the abilities of youth to go beyond boundaries and think unconventionally, so the theme was ‘Free Your Mind’, which has many interpretations and originates from an icon like Gurudev,” said Rajita Chaudhari, dean, IIPM, Centre for Higher

Education.

The three-day fest witnessed a participation of students from over 188 colleges of Delhi and NCR who indulged in unconventional activities such as a karaoke, bull-riding, paint ball and wall climbing. This was accompanied by a number of competitions such as The Best Manager, debate, Ad Guru, Ad Zap Competition and even a case study competition titled Nutcracker.

The cultural events included song and dance competitions and street plays. But what attracted the young gaze was the fashion show and Mr and Ms Amaze 2012.

Judged by international fashion choreographer, Vinay Gupta, both competitions were crowd pullers. For the winners though, bagging the prize was not a cakewalk.

Of the 25 contenders for the title of Mr and Ms Amaze, Monica Singh, who won the Ms Amaze 2012 title, shared, “It was a competition not just against other contenders but also against myself, as last year I had it made it to the runners up. So this year, I wanted to outdo myself.”

Her fluid steps in the ballet and hip hop rounds in the talent section garnered much appreciation. “I have worked with Darmesh Sir (of Dance India Dance fame). So, dance was the talent I could showcase,” confessed the beaming girl after being crowned.

Teams of Institute of Home Economics and Maisara Khan from Jamia Millia Islamia won the first prize for fashion show and debate respectively.

Shivangi and Shreya from Sri Venkateswara College, bagged the first prize for Ad Zap. Hansraj College and Shri Ram College of Commerce from the North Campus were announced the winners in street play and Nutcracker respectively.

The latter won a trip to Leh-Ladakh. The theme of ‘Free Your Mind’ was followed in all these competitions. For example, the topic of debate was ‘Man does not have the ability to exercise free will’ and the topic of creative writing competition was ‘If the Mind is Blind, the Eyes Cannot See’.

After all the hard work, it was time for the youngsters to let their hair down and enjoy. So they grooved at the DJ night and had a blast during the pool party that marked the finale of the festivities.

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