Festive spirits permeated the evening on Day 3 as students from various colleges across India gathered to usher in Christmas. Snow machines, Christmas trees, cakes, bonfires, and a masquerade ball - there was something for everyone.
Day 4 continued in the same vein as city students took full advantage of the extended weekend to visit IIT Bombay and attend the last day of Mood Indigo, Asia’s largest college cultural festival.
The day opened with the finals of Sanskriti - the Indian classical dance competition. The Convocation Hall came alive with the colours of the rich Indian heritage in its diversity as the participants displayed various dance forms like Lavani, Bharathanatyam, Kathak and Garba. In the PC Saxena Auditorium, the Mime Time finals saw the contestants rise up to the challenge of telling stories without uttering a word. The NCC grounds reverberated with soulful harmonizing voices as acapella groups vied with one another to claim the top spot in the finals of Concord.
The finals of Mantra, the Hindi rock band competition showed that Hindi music is more than just Bollywood. With powerful vocals and passionate instrumentalists, it would not come as a surprise if some of these bands go on to redefine the Indian music scene. Meanwhile, aspiring rappers and hip-hop musicians gave their all to win the finals of the prestigious MI’NEM competition. Following this, street dancers competed against one another to win the finals of Beat The Street, the street dance competition.
The finals of the dramatics competition, Third Bell, was held in the PC Saxena Auditorium. The last competition in the four-day fest was Humor Us, where the finalists tried to outdo each other with witty quips and one-liners.
The attendees were entertained by the jugglers who had come from various parts of the world to showcase their skills as a part of Fringefest in the morning. In the afternoon, Katie Oliviera dazzled the audience with her thrilling fire acts.
One of the main highlights of the fest, the International Music Festival, drew to a close with some stunning performances.
The Kutle Khan Project, a Rajasthani folk act led by the multitalented and multi-instrumentalist Kutle Khan. His seductive yet complex melodies left the audience with the whiff of desert and the flavour of Rajasthan. PEER, an indie rock band from Netherlands rocked the stage with their performance, that can be best summed up as energetic indie rock combined with catchy hooks.
The final IMF act of Mood Indigo was truly representative of the theme - La Fête Carnaval - as Rishabh Seen Collective brought in elements of music from all over the world and beautifully integrated it with Indian classical notes.
The first edition of Eloquence, Mood Indigo’s brand new litfest, drew to a successful close with a slam poetry session by three of India’s biggest names in the art - Gaurav Tripathi, who is a corporate filmmaker by profession, Yahya Bootwala, a content writer at Radio Mirchi and an aspiring stage actor, and Aranya Johar, curator of several open-mic events in the city.
After the three poets performed, they fielded questions from the members of the audience who were excited to know about their experiences that inspired them to become poets and how being one has affected them.
HumorFest, a platform where the audience can see some of the best comic acts in town live in action, ended with a bang as Biswa Kalyan Rath treated the audience in the jam-packed Convocation Hall to one of the best evenings of their lives. Biswa, who is himself an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, drew upon his experiences as a student to crack jokes that resonated with the viewers, which was largely composed of student lives.
The fest ended with fireworks as people thronged the Gymkhana ground for Popular Nite, the fourth and the biggest of the Pro Nites, that was headlined by Amit Trivedi, the versatile singer, composer and lyricist who has scored for various movies such as Dev D, Ishaqzaade, Kai Po Che!, Lootera, Queen and Fitoor. The concert was preceded by a live art show by Vilas Nayak, a self-taught artist.
The event marked the successful end of the 47th edition of Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay’s annual cultural extravaganza.