Events @ IIMB


Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) hosted an evening of discussion and art on carpet weaving in Uttar Pradesh that interlinked academic debates and Dastangoi, a traditional form of story-telling, at the IIMB Auditorium, this evening.

The Dastangoi artiste, Askari Naqvi, with his music and the founder of Deep Dive India, Samir Madhusudhan Kher, contemporized the traditional art form by combining history with poetry, photographs and music. The result was a feast for both the mind and the soul. 

The musical narrative looked at Avadh as a melting pot of cultures, especially during this period of medieval and early modern history. 

The cultural event was preceded by a panel discussion between the Principal Investigators of the UKRI-ICSSR project on “Enablers and Obstacles for UK-India Trade: Banks and Diasporas”. The panel discussed their learnings from their immersion in different parts of India understanding the functioning of handcrafted carpet, saree, and shawl industry. The panel comprised Dr. Sunil Kumar and Dr. Kamini Gupta from King’s College London, and Dr. Prateek Raj from IIM Bangalore. 

Organized as part of a research project by King’s College, London and IIM Bangalore on the hand-made carpet industry, the panel and the performance provided a unique insight on project themes such as social networks, import of ideas from Persia, the lives and work of chikankari karigars, the carpet cluster in Khairabad, the “accidental” occupation of the women of Kashmir, the origins and globalization of the Benares silk and more.


IIM Bangalore’s innovation and entrepreneurship Centre of Excellence – NSRCEL – hosted the first-ever ‘WSP Santhe’ on 22nd September 2022, an event which saw product display of the Women Start-up Program (WSP) ventures (of both WSP 3 incubates and WSP 4 pre-incubates) at the IIMB campus. The day was also the launch day for pre-incubation of participants of the Women Start-up Program 4.

The event included a conference at the IIMB auditorium in the afternoon, during which Prof. Suresh Bhagavatula of the Entrepreneurship area delivered the welcome address. Thereafter, the founders of some of the WSP ventures shared anecdotes from their entrepreneurial journeys. The event also featured a talk by the representative of the Program Partner Kotak. Prof. Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Chairperson, NSRCEL and faculty of the Finance & Accounting area, also addressed the audience.

The event included keynote speeches delivered by Sahar Mansoor, Founder of Bare Necessities and author Samhita Arni. Another talk was led by Jayanti Bhattacharya and Shalini Bhattacharya, Founders of India Hemp and Co. Anand Sri Ganesh, Chief Operating Officer, NSRCEL, delivered the vote of thanks. 

NSRCEL mentors, IIMB faculty, officers and students were also present at the event vibrant with noise, colour, product as well as food stalls, and more. 

EPGP Students hosts Business Conclave on Decoding India & Bharat: ONE NATION. TWO IDENTITIES. INCLUSIVE GROWTH’ ON 18TH SEPTEMBER

“There is a lot of vibrancy in India and in the last 75 years since independence, our country has done well to cater to basic needs. However, outside the purview of basic needs, we are still lagging. We need to create a larger market evolving with innovative products and services. We need to focus on enhancing the purchasing power of Bharat”, said Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore, in his welcome address at the business conclave hosted by IIM Bangalore’s one-year fulltime residential MBA for Experienced Professionals, Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP), on the theme: ‘DECODING INDIA & BHARAT: One Nation. Two Identities. Inclusive Growth’, on 18th September 2022 (Sunday).

Prof. RT Krishnan further pointed out the environmental outcomes of the sachet goods revolution during the early 90s – mainly its ecological impact. “There is an urgent need to bring Bharat and India closer together sustainably.”

Prof. Ashok Thampy, Chairperson, EPGP and faculty in the Finance & Accounting area, IIMB, recounted his experience traveling between India and Bharat and admitted that the ecosystem differences are indeed evident. “The theme of the event seeks to explain the contrast between village life and urban setting. However, markets have evolved. When we look at the purchase patterns during Covid times, we see that rural India’s purchase of sanitizers was more than urban India’s. Modern India can cater to the needs of rural markets since modern supply chain channels evolved in rural India. Firms have understood the purchasing power of Indian Tier-II and Tier-III cities. To approach rural areas, business models should not be urban-centric and must evolve rapidly. Leaders need to think of appropriate ways to reach rural areas of our country through efficient business models.”

In his Opening Note, Amit Sharma, Managing Partner – Global Delivery, IBM, said that as a country, we are becoming mature as well as agile and resilient in urban and rural settings. “The future lies in tapping manufacturing potential and transforming how rural India behaves. Technology enablers – 5G and Wi-Fi connection, will play a key role. This is the era for both India and Bharat. At this stage, we must not just accelerate, but integrate the two worlds. Both India and Bharat must contribute and thrive for the evolving India. Together, we can unleash unparalleled growth.”

The EPGP business conclave also included fireside chats, panel discussions, industry speaker sessions, a business case competition, a business quiz, and more.