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Transcend 2023: Unveiling the Realm of Illusions at SIBM Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune, in its pursuit of fostering creativity, innovation and excellence, hosted Transcend 2023 – its Annual Management and Cultural Fest from January 16th to 18th, 2023. Transcend brings together some of the best B-Schools in the nation including IIMs, IITs, XLRI, SPJIMR, and others to participate in 15+ Management and Cultural events that span over 3 days with prizes worth over Rs. 15 Lakhs. Embodying the theme “Realm of Illusions”, what unfolded over the three days was nothing short of magical.

Theme: Realm of Illusions

In a world where milestones are often predetermined, there exists a realm that beckons the dreamers and visionaries—the realm of illusions. The theme for Transcend 2023, “Realm of Illusions,” served as a catalyst for breaking away from the limitations of reality. The students of SIBM Pune aimed to inspire young minds across the country to think beyond the ordinary, achieve the exceptional and contribute to the betterment of the nation. The theme embraced creativity and innovation, presenting a cosmos of possibilities in the domains of management, technology, business and culture.

Transcend 2023 Launch

Registrations were declared open for the management and cultural events to be held under the banner of Transcend 2023 on 16th November in a grand event – Transcend 2023 Launch. The launch event, orchestrated by the Co-Curricular Team of SIBM Pune, set the stage for the magic that would unfold. Dr. V. V. Ravi Kumar, Deputy Director (Academics), SIBM Pune, along with the Team, unveiled the date and theme of Transcend 2023. The event featured a soulful musical performance by Ved Prabhu, a stand-up comedy stint by Kapil Agarwal and a show-stopping performance by Yash Rathi. The launch left the audience eagerly anticipating the enchanting journey that lay ahead.

Buzz Events: Neon Night and Bonfire Night

Buzz events like Neon Night and Bonfire Night offered a glimpse of the experiences awaiting ahead. Neon Night saw over 300 students, adorned in Neon outfits, participating in fun games that incorporated the Neon theme followed by a Bollywood-themed DJ night, glowing the night away. Bonfire Night, held at the Amphitheatre, combined mesmerizing musical performances, soul-touching Shayari recitations and a DJ performance by R-TEK, creating an unforgettable night.

Transcend Days: A Journey into the Extraordinary

Day 1: The inauguration ceremony set the tone for Transcend 2023, followed by the comedy segment “Punchline 3.0” featuring Nishant Suri. The day unfolded with captivating events like The Fourth Wall (Theatre Play), Grandeur Spectra (Fashion Show) and a magical night of music with Bollywood playback singer Javed Ali.

However, the day was not just about glitz and glamour; it was an intellectual battleground. Management events like Mindcraft, Strategia and The Company’s Act challenged participants to wield strategic thinking and business acumen.

Day 2: Featuring mind-blowing management competitions and stellar performances, Day 2 unfolded as a carnival of talent. Events like Meraki (Solo Singing), Battle of Chords (Bands) and the prestigious Mr. and Ms. Transcend captivated the audience. Vivek Singh and DJ Ravator added a power-packed vibe to the day.

Simultaneously, the intellectual battleground continued with Chrysalis, The Great Bull and Marketshastra, challenging participants to navigate the intricate world of human resources, finance and marketing.

Day 3: The grand finale of “Last Man Standing”-the flagship event, marked the pinnacle of Transcend. It is the most rewarding competition across any Indian B-School with individual prize money of Rs. 1.5 Lacs. Gaurav Sancheti emerged victorious after 72 hours of grit and rigour. Day 3 unfolded with electrifying performances by participants of  Dance-ma-taz(group dance) followed by The Artist Night featuring DJ Jammer, Arjun Kanungo and Sabali The Band that left the audience in awe.

Amidst the entertainment, the intellectual engagement continued with Opscon and Waste to Wise, challenging participants to showcase their operational prowess and sustainability acumen.


Transcend 2023 at SIBM Pune was not just an event; it was an extravaganza that welcomed youthful minds to unleash their creativity, interact with the best in the nation, and showcase their acumen. The flagship event, Last Man Standing, stood as a testament to perseverance and determination, echoing the spirit of Transcend—to go beyond the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. As the curtains closed on this grand spectacle, it left an indelible mark on the participants, reshaping their perceptions and beliefs. Transcend 2023 was a whirlwind success that will be recounted and cherished for years to come.

Thankyou Note

Transcend 2023 could only reach such great heights due to the support and contribution of our esteemed sponsors. Transcend’s legacy of associations with renowned corporates, namely, IKEA, Hewlett-Packard, JIOSaavn, Coca-Cola, AB InBev, Canara Bank, Audi, Mercedes, Uber, Britannia, Mother Dairy, Paytm, etc. was relived yet another time with associations with over 60+ organizations across the world, that need no introduction.

‘ELF – A Brand of Passion’ was the esteemed Title Sponsor of Transcend ‘23. With much honour, Transcend was branded as ‘ELF A Brand of Passion’ presents Transcend 2023, Realm of Illusions, brought to you by State Bank of India, co-sponsored by Bank of Maharashtra, Continental THIS, UNILIFE, InstaX, Ather Energy, Tribestays, WAIU, Too Yumm.

In association with TVS Ronin, TVS RR 310, Landmark Music, Citroen, Sony Playstation, EaseMyTrip, WIPRO Lighting, RD Accessories, MAX Fashion, Nestle, Instax, Chaika Healthy Binge, Chaika, PHY, Zenzi, Storia, Finlatics, Bank of India, Meet7, Savvy Arts, Coolberg, ZenWood games, Abhibus, Playstation, Hostellers, GatsBy, Cerigo, Gobblers, SmartChamps, SafeExpress, To Be Honest, EvaFizz, Jade Forest, NesTea, GalGal Money, RioInnobev, Budhani Bros, AltUni, Agent Jack’s, BRB, Unibic, Smart Champs and CocaCola. with media partners, Punekar News, Inside IIM, Collegedunia, Groovenexus, Campus Times Pune, and Radio Partner BIG FM.

We express our sincere gratitude to all our sponsors whose commitment to fostering innovation and empowering the next generation of leaders made Transcend 2023 a reality. Their contributions not only elevated the scale and grandeur of the event but also provided a platform for students to engage, learn, and create lasting memories.

Additionally, we express our heartfelt thanks to the Event Managers and Volunteers.Their active participation, unwavering commitment and hard work made Transcend 2023 a success, creating an enriching experience for all involved. 

What’s Next: Transcend 2024

But wait, the magic doesn’t end here! We are back again with Transcend 2024, and the excitement is reaching new heights. The Transcend 2024 launch is set to happen on the 22nd of November, where the much-awaited theme and dates of Transcend 2024 shall be revealed, along with exciting performances. Get ready for another exhilarating journey into the extraordinary! Stay tuned for further updates and prepare to witness something even more monumental and exceptional.

Transcend 2023: Unveiling the Realm of Illusions at SIBM Pune
Transcend 2023: Unveiling the Realm of Illusions at SIBM Pune

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