"More than just any ordinary festival, Meraki’18 was a phenomenon that breathed ethereality. The product of dynamic young minds constantly seeking respite from real life, the three days of the festival were an island of imagination amidst the mainland of monotony.
From incredible performances to ingenious events, talented freshers to renowned artists, and a refreshing, eclectic vibe, Meraki'18 truly had something for everyone.
The Meraki team worked tirelessly over eight months to create a cultural extravaganza that brought together hundreds of people from all across Maharashtra. With participation of over 300 students and a total physical footfall of over 1500 people and a reach of over 10,000 students, Meraki's second edition was a resounding success. There were twenty-seven events in total, hosted by the Literary Arts, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Gaming & Informals, and Management Events Departments, including events like slam poetry, policy drafting , fashion show, improve comedy, dance, nukkad natak, murder mysteries, business quizzes, and many more.
True to its concept, yet again Meraki introduced novel and out of the box events, which cannot be found at any other cultural festival in India. Some of these events were-
Pool Football, Goalball, Policy Fallacy, Face Awards, Murder Inc., Art for the Sole, On a Loop and Go with the Flow.
The participants at the festival got a chance to showcase their talents and get personalized feedback from industry experts who judged their events. Some such industry experts were Sukhmani Sadana (Actress in Amazon Prime Series titled Sacred Games), Nilanjan Sinha (Legal Head - India and South East Asia, ICICI Bank) and Mr. Samar Jagad ( Founder and Managing Partner SJ Law Advocates and Solicitors), Namrata Soni (IIFA Award Winner for Best Makeup and founder of Namarata School of Makeup and Hair), Rabia Kapoor (Spoken Poetry A-Lister), Rytasha Rathore (Theatre Artist and Television Actress), and many more.
With prizes worth 3.5 Lakh Rupees, Meraki opened the gates to greater opportunities for its winners through curated free workshops, classes and platforms for specialisation and skill developement of the winners in addition to some amazing gifts. The Habitat, Terence Lewis Dance Academy, Kommune's Spoken Fest, Adagio, Kontour Space , Firstsource Solutions, Rhythm and Beats, Anaaya by Akruthi, and more.
There was also an exciting workshop on wire sculpting conducted by Urban Kala called 'The Tree of Life', which was immensely enjoyed by all those who attended it!
One of the highlights of Meraki'18 was the performance of the stupendously funny stand-up comedian, Rahul Subramanian, held at the Mukesh Patel Auditorium with more than six hundred people in attendance.
We are immensely grateful to our faculty and administration at NMIMS KPMSoL for their unrelenting support and encouragement, without whom Meraki this year would never have been possible. Our sponsors' faith in us spurred us on to new heights, and coupled with the grit exhibited by Team Meraki, we can proudly say that Meraki'18 was a resounding success.
A symphony of art, music, dance, literature, and more, this year Meraki was not just a festival- it was the experience of a lifetime."