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Mood Indigo 2016

Arnab Goswami with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis

A few days ago, as IIT Bombay was all decked up to host its prestigious annual college cultural fest Mood Indigo, the surroundings hinted at the theme, Bombay Chronicle. It was a big day for the whole Mood Indigo core team who had given their heart and soul to organise the event. The social cause taken up this year was ‘Rethink Pink’, an initiative to spread awareness about breast cancer.

The Day 1 kickstarted with a lot of activities. Third Bell, the stage-play competition, began the proceedings in the morning slots with college students coming and acting out some outstanding plays. The energy was high in the Student Activity Centre(SAC) parking lot with the street dancing competition ‘Beat the Street and  first half of Mantra - the hindi rock band competition. The ‘Themed Arena’ was one of the highlights of the day, with the entire SAC beautifully bedecked by wall paintings, floor paintings and objects significant to the image of our Mayanagari, Bombay. This time, both national and international artists decorated the SAC.

A 12ft x 15ft art installation in the form of a cycle was set up at the Open Air Theatre. Made up entirely of around 3000 used Bisleri water bottles, it was to promote the cause of responsible celebration. The Open Air Theatre also saw an enthralling Ganpati performance performed by an enthusiastic group of youngsters.This day also saw entrepreneur, filmmaker and author Mr. Varun Agarwal talk about  a pool of topics.

The eminent Indian novelist, screenwriter and entrepreneur Durjoy Dutta graced the event as the  guest speaker for LitFest 2016. Responsible for the award-winning show, ‘Sadda Haq-My Life My Choice’, he had the audience captivated with his speech about the various trials and tribulations in young love life. Anand Bhaskar Collective, a spiritual alt-rock band had the audience enthralled with their unique brand of music. The MI Studio featured an unplugged set up of music featuring Arjun Kanungo of Baaki Baatein Peene Baad fame.

Keeping upbeat with the first day, the second day of Asia’s largest college cult fest kept up with people’s expectation. The Convocation hall of IIT Bombay played host to two visually enchanting dance competitions - Indigo Saga and Desi Beats. It was an opportunity not worth missing as Bollywood Buffs competed against one another in a 5-hour long grueling but fun event called Bollyvaganza. This went off perfectly along the theme ‘The Bombay Chronicle’.

The Open Air Theater in the SAC which was beautifully embellished with wall paintings and art made from recycled waste saw witness to the mind-boggling illusionist Chris Cheong from Malaysia whose art was a spectacle to witness.In what was probably the biggest classical stage performance of the day, the nationally acclaimed Rajasthani folk singer Mame Khan, whose likenesses only lie in the most refined of artistes, adorned the hall with his Hindustani vocal affluence. The whole setting reverberated as he showcased his magnificent vibrato and range in songs, most of them being his hits, like Chaudhary etc.The second day at Mood Indigo ended with a bang as Indian-American fusion artist Karsh Kale and his band took the stage at the Fusion Nite in the Gymkhana Grounds. Mixing disparate genres of music such as Indian classical and folk with electronica and rock, Karsh Kale Collective gave the audience a night to remember.

One of the highlights of the ‘Day 3’ was Dr Jayaprakash Narayan’s session on the aftermath of demonetisation. Headlining act of the International Music Festival was the talented jazz artist Vladimir Cetkar, hailing from Macedonia and based in New York City.

The show ‘Same Shit Different Year’ by the well renowned group Chalta Hai Comedy (featuring Punit Pania, Andy Reghu and Sriram Padmanabhan), was a comic relief and a brutal reality check on the year gone by. As a part of HumorFest, Sorabh Pant, one of the top standup comedians in India, and the founder of East India Company cracked jokes on the everyday lives of Indians.To ensure that there was never a dull moment, crowds were engaged in the interactive music performance called ‘drum circle’. Keeping with the theme ‘A Bombay Chronicle’, several mesmerizing installations were put up for display. Apart from the entrance being designed like a Metro Gate, two of the installations made their way into the Limca book of records. One was the largest ever portrait of PM Modi made from colored cassettes while the other was the largest 3D floor painting made.
The night concert, or Pronites as it is called, by the Italian EDM artists, the DJ duo VINAI was unique in itself.

‘Mood Indigo, A Bombay Chronicle’, IIT Bombay’s cultural festival successfully drew to a close on Monday with a grand concert by Bollywood trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Prior to that, the day saw several events ranging from Mime Time, a mime competition, to a performance by Orange Grove, a Dutch Reggae Band. The key highlight of the day was the Honourable Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ interactive dialogue with 3500 students moderated by eminent journalist, Mr. Arnab Goswami. Hon’ble CM Devendra Fadnavis’ talk was the first event in the ‘Dialogue Series’ which is a part of the first-of-its-kind initiative ‘Transform Maharashtra’ - the biggest platform for youth to create a roadmap of developed Maharashtra by 2025. The Hon’ble CM also launched ‘Transform Maharashtra Plan’, a policy-making competition for college students across Maharashtra.

This year, the troops battled it out on the stage in front of a distinguished panel of judges including stage and television actor Javed Jaffrey. As a part of the International Music Festival, the last day of Mood Indigo saw performances by Niraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe, DIVINE and Orange Grove. Mood Indigo also hosted Padma Bhushan awardee Prabhu Chawla as one of the speakers as a part of LitFest. Navin Prabhakar, a famed corporate comedian, who came into the limelight with his trademark “Pehchaan kaun?” line, captivated the attention of the audience and sent them into splits. For the first time in the history of Mood Indigo, Improv Comedy Mumbai performed scenes and games along the lines of the American TV show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’.

As all the competitions and events came to an end with the hugely popular concert featuring the magical trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, all the people who worked to make the fest possible felt a surge of achievement as well as sadness. The various events of huge magnitude, the concerts and the beautifully adorned campus truly made the 46th edition of Mood Indigo a memorable experience.