Mood Indigo’s 47th edition, the 2017 one, came to a glorious end on 25th December after 4 long and fun-filled days had left the audience exhausted and spoiled for choice. Like every year, college students from more than 1700 colleges across the country descended in hordes, as the festival recorded a footfall of 1.43 lakh.
In terms of starting off the festival, Vogue proved to be the perfect event, with mesmerizing designs showcased by graceful models on the ramp. To add to the celebrity quotient this year, Akshay Kumar appeared on the Convocation Hall stage, along with eminent producer R. Balki and innovator Arunachalam Murugantham, to promote his upcoming movie ‘Padman’. Just a few hours later, the convocation hall rang with applause at the intellectual debate unfolding between P Chidambaram and Narayan Murthy, moderated by Faye D Souza, as the trio kicked off Eloquence, Mood Indigo’s Litfest. Mallika Dua, popularly known for her role as ‘Tinder Aunty’, was at hand to add to the humor quotient. Symphony Orchestra of India, the country’s only professional symphony orchestra, added a regal feel to the musical proceedings, before Indian band Aankh Micholi stole the day with their energetic performance. Day 1 was brought to a perfect end by the energetic and adrenaline-pumping performance of Haken, the British prog-metal act widely proclaimed to be the next big thing in progressive music circles. Dance Theater group from Taiwan entertained for the first Afternite, with illusionist Alexx Alexxander opening for them.
Day 2 started off with the eliminations of a host of competitions, including the likes of Mantra, Third Bell and Beat the Streets. Professional plays ‘The Interview’ and ‘Scent of a Man’ were the highlights, while Manoj Bajpayee and Neeraj Pandey descended on the festival to chat about all things Bollywood with Kubbra Sait, a renowned moderator. ‘Paradigm Shift’s performance was one to look forward to, as the Hindi band were among the stellar hits of the International Music Festival. Another day came to an end with a concert, this time opened by Anand Bhaskar Collective and headlined by Clinton Cerejo collective, with a full coke-studio set up on show in the performance.
The third day kicked up the glamour quotient yet again, as beauty pageant She’s Got the Look played host to the cast of ‘Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety’. Madhur Bhandarkar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra held interactive sessions with the crowd, while Sunil Pal generously doled out doses of laughter. Eminent author Ravinder Singh’s address left the audience spellbound. Improv comedy group The Etceteras introduced the audience to the nuances of situational comedy, while the fusion group Malabi Tropical from Israel, and the Bombay-based group Bombay Bairag, added solid performances in the International Music Festival. Brought to an end by flashing lights and dropping beats, the day’s concert was headlined by popular Dutch DJ Bassjackers. Normally among the most crowded of the concerts, this year, too, the evening did not disappoint.
The fourth and final day kicked off with a melancholic air, as the festival began to draw to a close. Kutle Khan brought the deserts of Rajasthan to the Convocation Hall in his rich musical performance, while the grunge band Peer also entertained on day 4. The audience were introduced to the Metal Sitar for the first time, as Rishabh Seen Collective came down to the campus to perform at the International Music Festival. Slam poetry was among the highlights of the day, with eminent poets Aranya Johar, Yahya Bootwala and Gaurav Tripathi. The day also witnessed an hour of amazing dance forms, as several crews came together to treat the audience to a Dance Showcase. The biggest highlight of the day, however, was Biswa Kalyan Rath, the comedian who has become among the most recognizable faces in the Indian stand-up scene these days. His performance was followed by a standing ovation by the crowd, before they headed out to enjoy the last concert of the four days - the Popular Nite, to be headlined by Amit Trivedi. Throughout the four days, the festival also saw several street performances, side-attractions in the form of games and informal competitions and amazing ambiance. Workshops had the added allure of professionals coming over to conduct them this time, while several new activities such as Bossaball were introduced to the audience for the first time. The 47th edition of the fest came to a glorious close, promising to live on in our memories for some time to come!