As the winter chill reaches its peak and temperatures drop to an all-time low, the undying sporting passion reaches an all-time high, amongst B-schools all over India as they have only one thing on their mind – Chakravyuh.
The festival derives its name from a seven-layer formation from the epic Mahabharata, and aims to search for its “Abhimanyu” every year.
The phenomenon traces its roots back to 20 years, establishing itself as the jewel in the crown of the 36-year history of IMT Ghaziabad.
This sporting spectacle takes place in the second week of February every year, with 25 teams from pioneering b-schools counting themselves as the participants. The competition spans across eight diverse sports, namely Lawn Tennis, Cricket, Basketball, Football, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton and Throwball.
Winning an Olympic medal isn’t a piece of cake, and verily so, putting your hands on the Chakravyuh trophy too, would require a complete blend of strategizing, team work and dedication. With the contestants including the likes of the esteemed legends and Alumni of IMT Ghaziabad, the home players of IMT as well as the ones from premier b-schools like IIMs, SP Jain, MDI, IIFT, JBIMS, IMI etc have to be on their toes throughout the event. Adding to the thrill and fervour are the 6000 odd spectators, who, through their cheering skills, create an unmatched environment, enveloping IMT in the mood of euphoria.
With a continuous- unstoppable tussle of 72 hours, the teams put in every bit of strength and expertise they possess to win the coveted trophy.
Nicknamed as the Olympics of b-schools, Chakravyuh kick-starts with a grand opening ceremony, which is followed by three days of insane sporting action and then, the curtains are drawn for the season with a dazzling closing ceremony.
The magnanimity of Chakravyuh 17 can be easily seen through the list of its corporate partners. From industry giants like Mahindra and Mahindra and Canon, to premier sporting organizations such as Stag and Decathlon, the list is awe inspiring. Complementing them are the PSU’s such as Punjab National Bank, and the support of Media partners-namely Radio One, Business Standard, Dainik Jagran and Sunday Guardian among others, makes a formidable line-up.
This season, Chakravyuh will take an unprecedented avatar, and revolve around NAVARASA, the emotions of Abhaya (Courage), Adbhuta(wonder), Raudra(aggression), Utsarga(devotion), Vyakulta(anxiety), Ulhas(joy), Karunya(compassion) and Neerava(calm).
With these emotions taking centre stage, Chakravyuh 2017 is in search of the elusive warriors, who would blend their sporting calibre with the inspiration and power derived from the emotions and hence, turn out to be the champions. Its rightly said, “Sport defines the miracle, in which an entire life can be compressed into a few hours and the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two.”