IIT Kanpur’s Jazba 2024 celebrates Community Spirit

Jazba 2024

Kanpur – The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) witnessed a resounding celebration of artistic prowess and community spirit as The Women’s Association hosted the captivating cultural fest, “Jazba 2024”. The vibrant fest showcased the diverse talents of over 100 participants from the campus community, captivating audiences with an array of enthralling performances, each imbued with distinct creativity and cultural richness.

The prestigious occasion was graced by the esteemed presence of Prof. Manindra Agrawal, Director of IIT Kanpur, alongside Mrs. Rachna Agrawal, the current patron of the Women’s Association, and former patrons Mrs. Aruna Karandikar and Mrs. Rajelakshmi Ganesh, supporting the celebration of talent and community spirit.

The program commenced with a heartfelt tribute to the late Prof. Sameer Khandaker, followed by a series of captivating performances that left the audience spellbound. Highlights included the invigorating Saraswati Vandana, a mesmerising Western dance performance, the enchanting Madhurashtakam, and the Era dance, which beautifully depicted the eras of renowned Bollywood actresses from Waheeda Rehman to Alia Bhatt.

Further enriching the evening was a thought-provoking drama, “Unveiling the Truth of Vaidehi,” exploring the strength and resilience of Sita, and a delightful “Corona Lockdown Dhamaal” drama that brought laughter and joy to the audience. Prof. Sanjay Mittal’s captivating saxophone recital added a musical touch to the evening. Melodious vocal performances by Prof. Javed Malik and Prof. Rajesh Srivastava enchanted the crowd, while Divya Tripathi’s original poetry showcased the depth of literary talent within the community.

Dr. Monika Thakur, Secretary of The Women’s Association, IIT Kanpur expressed her gratitude, “We are grateful for the overwhelming support we received for Jazba 2024. This event wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of the executive team and our dedicated Jazba coordinator, Sweta Kumar. We are thrilled to have brought the institute community together through artistic expression and celebration.”

The event was seamlessly hosted by Prof. Bharat Lohani, Dr. Rajeev Gupta, Mrs. Jayshree Pant, and Sweta Kumar, whose exceptional emceeing skills ensured attendees a smooth and engaging experience.

“Jazba 2024” exemplified IIT Kanpur’s commitment to encouraging a vibrant and inclusive campus community, where talents are nurtured, and cultural diversity is celebrated. The Women’s Association’s initiative brought together the institute’s faculty, staff, and their families, creating an environment of camaraderie and artistic expression that left an indelible mark on all who attended.


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