December 6th and 7th. IIHM Kolkata Campus. Rigolo in French means fun and that is exactly what the IIHM Kolkata fest was all about. The International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) is a part of the IndiSmart Group, a large conglomerate that operates the IndiSmart Hotels and offers a wide range of services in the field of Hospitality Management Education Training & Consultancy in India and the South East Asia.
Founded in 1994 IIHM was the first collegiate program in the country offering discerning students the opportunity to be trained in globally recognised skills and earn an International Degree in Hospitality Management through its collaboration with The Tie-up UK and with University of West London, London. At present, the Institute is the largest Hotel School Chain that leads in the field of InternationalHospitality Management Education in India with campusesatKolkata,Delhi,Pune,Bangalore,Goa,Jaipur,Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and state of the art, IIHM at KBU Bangkok in the capital city in Thailand and Samarkand.
The IIHM fest, Rigolo, is one of the bigger events in the college fests circuit not only in terms of the number of events that are held, but also in terms of the sheer competitiveness that is generally witnessed in them. Being hospitality professionals in the making, the IIHM students are extremely good and courteous hosts, the smile never leaving their lips, though when it comes to an uncompromising desire to win, they are perhaps some of the most cut-throat of competitors. Naturally, the Bhawanipur Education Society College (BESC), the undisputed king of the college fests, well aware of the challenges involved, did not want to take things for granted and a contingent of sixty-eight – comprising of crack performers were dispatched to plant the BESC banner in the IIHM campus.
One of the major differentiating factors of Rigolo – which made winning that much difficult – is that the fest only acknowledges the winner, choosing not to take into count the second or the third positions. Naturally, this leads to a situation where participating colleges have only one shot at victory and becoming champions based on the medals tally is really tough.
Not that it cows down the merry men and women of the BESC who with customary elan emerged champions having won in Chess (AnshumaanSaikia); Solo Singing – Eastern ( Koulik Bhattacharjee) and Tug of War – Boys – ( Sidhart Pandey, Riyansh Jaiswal, Vishal Singh, PrajeshKakkar, Rajat Kundalia, Rishi Dubey, Sheetal Kumar Chopra, AdishSonthalia, Siddharth Agarwal and Debojyoti Dutta).
Fashion Show is the only event where an exception is made and the second and third positions are also acknowledged. The BESC fashion team comprising of Aandrila Dutta, Praneet Kaur Bahra,NatashaSethia, Rupantika Mazumdar, Bipin Giri, Danica Das, SaydKaifuddin, Rohit Singh, Aaman Ahmed and Md Shahdab took the silver.
(This report has been filed by Sachin Gupta along with camera person Shovik Das of the Expressions Collective of the BESC. Sachin Gupta and SakchiMurarka were the student co-ordinators for the event.)