The 47th edition of Mood Indigo started off yesterday in pompous colours with hordes of students thronging the venues at IIT Bombay with gusto. With infectious enthusiasm and bright spirits ostensible in the air, Asia’s largest college cultural fest is now well and truly underway.
Third Bell, the stage-play competition, began the proceedings in the morning on December 22 with college students performing some outstanding plays. The energy was high in the Student Activity Centre parking lot with the street play competition ‘Aagaaz’. Both events witnessed active participation and a huge turnout from the crowd.
One of the big highlights this time was Vogue, Mood Indigo’s flagship fashion show. Contestants dazzled the stage as each of them walked the ramp and wowed the judges with their fashionista skills.
Following this event was the moment everyone was waiting for with baited breath, as Bollywood star Akshay Kumar attended the fest to promote his upcoming film Pad Man. Accompanying him, were R Balki, the director and A Muruganatham, the real-life inspiration behind the film.
The theme of this year being La Fête Carnaval, or quite simply, Carnival-fest, the campus has been decorated with multicolored streamers, balloons and installations. Throughout the campus and at the ‘Themed Arena’, you can see students soaking in the spirit of celebration as they delightfully engage in carnival-themed activities cum events.
The wall and the floor paintings wonderfully add to the imagery, a collective effort of IIT students, national and international artists. This received huge accolades today with all the visitors visibly looking charmed by the sheer brilliance of the wall art. Adding their own twist to thetheme were stunning performances as part of Indian carnival performance.
The audience at Humorfest was in splits as Mallika Dua of Tinder Aunty fame took over the stage and engaged the audience in roar-inducing humour. The Symphony Orchestra of India added a regal touch to the fest, as the audience witnessed India’s first professional symphony orchestra firsthand and were mesmerised by their grand performance.
This year’s International Music Festival saw a new addition - the folk fusion rock band 'Aankh Micholi' that gave an enthralling performance to which the students grooved.
Another event which left its mark on Day 1 was the Eloquence panel discussion featuring Infosys co-founder N. R. Narayana Murthy along with former Union Minister P. Chidambaram. The event was moderated by Faye D’Souza, the Editor of Mirror Now.