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A two day Management & Cultural fest Manthan’18 was held on 30th & 31st October by AKS- a forum for under graduate students of School of Management, BBD University that aims to provide a platform to its UG students to plan, organize as well as participate in various events which helps to showcase their skills in business and cultural activities.

The festival started with the lighting of the lamp ceremony by the distinguished  chief guest Prof. Shruti Sadolikar, Vice Chacellor (Bhatkhande University), Dr. Purnima Pandey, Director, Sangeet Natak Academy & former Vice Chacellor, (Bhatkhande University), Prof. (Dr.) A.K. Mittal, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor-BBD University, Dr. Sushil Pande, Dean/Incharge, School of Management and Prof. Adesh Srivastava, Proctor-BBD University.

The event saw participation of more than 500 students, including other colleges across Lucknow. The Vice Chancellor-BBD University welcomed the huge gathering of students present in the auditorium through his speech. Prof. Shruti Sadolikar and Dr. Purnima Pandey also addressed the audience and officially proclaimed the opening of Manthan’18. An enthralling dance was performed seeking the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

The first event of the day was a singing competition where participants competed with each other to bag that outstanding award.

A special guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Tushar Chetwani- the author of National Bestseller book, Memory Infinite.’ He has received the India’s best Memory Trainer award in the year 2009. He was appreciated by the ‘Vietnam Book of Records’ in 2013 for his contribution in the field of memory training. His wonderful tips to memorize and recall information fast and in a fun way left the audience just asking for more of those exercises.

Several other events happened off stage- Rangoli, Chess competition, T-Shirt & Face Painting, Treasure Hunt and many more. AD-MAD-SHOW gave opportunity to display creativity and innovation in the field of marketing and advertisement.

The second day of MANTHAN opened with a talent hunt show exhibiting power performances like- mimicry, beat boxing along with other off-stage events like sketching, collage making and creating the best out of waste materials.

Mr. Sharad Mishra-Managing Director & CEO- CATapult (launching success) and Mr. Shashank Manchanda-CEO, Prakash Creations graced the occasion with their presence on the second day.

PAHEL- a foray into the entrepreneurial world full of crazy and innovative ideas from the young managers mesmerized the audience.

The show stopper of the day- A business ramp, flaunting beauty with brain power turned out to be a huge success amongst the students. It was followed by solo and group dance competition and then prize distribution. The event was judged by Smt Rama Trivedi, Dy Director Programmes, Doordarshan Kendra, Lucknow.

MANTHAN’18 was able to garner sponsorship from various organizations. Its lead sponsor was CATapult.

The Chief Guest, Sri Prem Prakash Shukla, Deputy Director General, Doordarshan Kendra, Lucknow distributed the prizes to the students and jubilantly bid adieu with a promise to come back next year.

The fest signed off with a concluding speech from Pragati (General Secretary) and Meghraj (Asst. General Secretary) of AKS.