IIT-IIM Alumni Association organized Iftar Party - 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

IIT-IIM Alumni Association, Kuwait celebrates with members, families, friends and distinguished guests a Grand eventful evening at the Iconic Kuwait Towers

IIT-IIM Alumni Association, Kuwait, in association with their families, friends, and distinguished guests organized a grand serenely sedate evening of informal karaoke music combined with awareness sessions at the majestic and iconic Kuwait Towers lovely Horizons restaurant on the eighty second floor on Friday, the 18th May, 2018 in the holy month of Ramadan. The fraternity had a whale of a time in the august company of their families, invited friends, guests from Indian Embassy, notable organizations and Indian Business and Professional Council, Kuwait. The stars of this grand extravaganza were the singers Mr. Kabeer and Ms. Ramya who enthralled the audience by meandering them through a mellifluous tune of beautiful nostalgic journey of Indian music very ably backed by its members and guests.

The Program began with Mr. Balmukund, a very energetic core committee member who compered the session inviting the members and guests to the musical cum two stress bursting awareness sessions. The IIT-IIM Alumni Association President, Mr. Peeyush Jain gave a sweet but brief welcome speech presenting the motto behind the evening program, which was a welcome twist from the past years of having the music program by bringing singers from India. This year the program was arranged to show case the in house as well as local professional talent combined with a double delight of mental conditioning intersperses and to celebrate the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

The event itself began with Mr. Bhushan Joshi, the General Secretary, welcoming the two distinguished speakers of the evening – Mr. Anindya Banerjee, CFO of City Bus, Mr. Vinod Sharma, a well-known amiable Art of Living Senior Instructor in Kuwait and Mr. Anand Kapadia, the vice chairman of IBPC, who is well known for his melodious voice among the connoisseurs of music in Kuwait.

As soon as the karaoke session began, the celebrated singers won the hearts of all with their mesmerizing mellifluous melodies of the popular yesteryears film songs. During the whole program of three long plus hours the audiences were treated to the best of popular numbers, while they enjoyed with continuous foot tapping, and clapping. The crowd was mesmerized and appreciated the singers through their rhythmic clapping and often singing with the duo. Both the artistes have a knack of keeping the audience glued to their performance by constantly interacting and inviting them to sing along. Not to be out done, the enthusiastic in house singers, spearheaded by Pankaj Khudasia, Ishan Patnaik, Vipul, Charani, Manish, Shivi, Avinash, Pratibha Yogendra, Ashok Kamtal, Peeyush Jain etc. sang beautifully capturing many hearts and perfectly endorsing the very essence of the theme of this musical night, to give a platform for our own singers. In the end, Mr. Anant Kapadia presented a beautiful song at his melodious best.

In between the musical alpha and omega, two motivational speeches were arranged on contemporary issues. The first of two sessions of the inspirational talks was by Mr. Anindya Banerjee, CFO, of City Bus on the pressures of social and professional digital connectivity and its unabated forage into our personal space and time. He presented the audience how to cope with this interference and the required actions and precautions we need to take to escape from this marauding digital media menace. He gave examples of how in various Companies in the West have set up policies and procedures to manage professional and personal lives of their employees.

The second session was of course from the well-known suave master of Art of Living, sharing his valuable stress bursting uses of Sudarshan kriya, a breathing technique pioneered by Mr. Sri Sri Ravishankar. He elucidated everyone that the key factors to stress free living beside the ancient pranayama techniques and yoga, to be internally self-driven and staying in the present, keeping at bay the external influences and the emanating stresses from such negative environment. Maintaining a high energy level fueled by spiritual richness and leading a simple life filled with satisfaction and happiness are the key factors to lead a stress free living.

Mr.Peeyush Jain, the President of IIT-IIM Association welcomed the chief guest, His Excellency, The Ambassador of India in Kuwait, Mr. Jeeva Sagar, with a bouquet and thanked him to accepting the invitation despite his busy schedule.

The Chief Guest, His Excellency The Ambassador of India in Kuwait, Mr. Jeeva Sagar, thanked the President Mr. Peeyush Jain and the members of the IITIIM Alumni Association for inviting him to share some moments with their fraternity and congratulated them in organizing this multi-faceted beneficial event. He began with a hilarious personal account of his connection with IITians involving his better half. He addressed the gathering and extolled the service rendered by IITians and IIMites, and valued the reputation they have built globally and particularly in Kuwait. He urged them to take time off their rigors of work and spend some time enjoying themselves with other activities as well as serve the national cause that promotes innovative business models bringing in synergetic advancement of trade and business between these two friendly nations, Kuwait and India. He revealed how the matured Kuwait society holds in high esteem of the significant contributions made by the Indian diaspora in Kuwait in various spheres of their development. He urged IIT and IIM professionals to strive hard to sustain and take it further by sparing no effort to penetrate and percolate this goodwill to the hearts and minds of the upcoming young generations of Kuwaitis to establish eternal connectivity. Also, he urged to serve and take care of the less privileged fellow compatriots in Kuwait. The fraternity of IIT-IIM took note of the views of the Physicist from Central University of Hyderabad, as his specialized subject forms the very basic backbone of every core engineering branch, and being well ground in it is an essence of any excellent engineer.

Finally, the event ended with Mr. Bhushan Joshi, General Secretary of the Association proposing vote of thanks. He thanked both the artistes, Mr.Kabeer and Ms. Ramya for their amazing mesmerizing melodious performance. He thanked His Excellency Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar, Ambassador of India, Madam Mrs. Lydia Srilatha Jeeva Sagar, Mr. Raj Gopal Singh, Dy. Chief of Mission, the Embassy Staff, Mr. Anant Kapadia, vice chairman of IBPC, and other invited esteemed guests that include Mr. Mahesh Krishnan, CFO, KGL, Mr. Nitin Sanghvi CFO of ATC, Mr. Ajay Goel COO, city centre and Mr. Ravi Shankar, Country Manager, ESSAR who graced this musical mindful evening along with their families and friends, for honoring our Alumni invitation.

The attendees during entire event were well treated with mouthwatering snacks, and sumptuous dinner at the majestic Horizons Restaurant located in the sphere of the Kuwait Tower. We thank the management and staff of the Kuwait towers restaurant for their excellent cooperation. The food, the service was of the highest level with no room for any complaints. The evening has added several other significant interesting pluses, as it turned out to be an Iftar party evening facilitating the breaking of fast by our fasting brothers and their families. It was also a birthday bash of our Captain Absolute, though everyone came to know of it very late, literally at the eleventh hour. It was also turned out to be a welcome celebration of some new young entrants to our fraternity - Ms. Neha, the maiden who bowled the IIT Cricket Team Captain Mr. Rajendra recently and another very lovely five-week baby boy Rudra Ved, along with his parents Karthik and Kruthika. The fraternity congratulated and wished them a happy bright future filled with love and happiness.

Earlier during the interval, the President, Mr.Peeyush Jain, felicitated the artistes and sponsors. He also presented them mementos as a token of appreciation. Mr.Vipul was very busy capturing the beautiful moments of the evening with his camera while the other core team members Ashish, Yogesh, Suresh and Srinivas made sure all the guests and fraternity comfortable while ensuring all the event arrangements. All the Core Committee members worked tirelessly to make this event a grand success and a cherishing one to the members and their families.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) are globally renowned premier Indian institutions of higher education in the fields of Engineering Technology and Management, respectively. The association can be reached at [email protected] or the official website www.iitiimkuwait.com.

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