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Variety fare at Mood Indigo


CHILL OUT ZONE: Festivals like Mood Indigo organised by IIT Bombay is much sought after by students.

IIT, Bombay: “Boss, IIT?” Smiling, the autorickshaw driver beckoned me to hop in and started the engine and the meter.

Cruising through Mumbai’s winter mid-day traffic, I prepared myself for what was coming or rather where I was going. Mood Indigo, Asia’s largest fest of its kind, was just a couple of miles way. It promises nothing less than the moon. I, who am not generally interested in college fests, decided to have the ‘MI Experience’ given the prestige attached to it.

Even as I was stepping into the campus I could see the major attraction of this year’s MI hovering over the trees at a distance -- the hot air balloon. Thus began a journey through one of my most cherished experiences.

Walking through their main venue, I saw the plethora of events and animated voices dominating the scene.

An alteration of the ‘Antakshari’ with Bollywood as its theme was happening at the lounge.

A group of three after pondering over a piece of paper for a couple of minutes, squealed with delight and took to their heels in a particular direction. That must be the treasure hunt. I learnt that those treasure hunters were after a prize bag comprising laptops, X-boxes and I-pods.

Then I came across another place where the elimination round of ‘Street Dance’ was happening.

Students getting ready for their slot on one side, judges discussing amongst themselves about one especially vibrant dancer at a corner, were some of the first glimpses which caught my eye the moment I entered the venue.

For those who had come to the fest just to enjoy, with no particular competition in mind, there were the innumerable exhibitions and the ‘Informals’ events.

The magnanimous treasure hunt, a personality contest, a maze and a lounge are some of the starters of these events.

This year they also introduced adventure games which are sure to send a ‘rush of blood to the head.’

A pool side dance party with entry only to couples was obviously glamorous and the popular DJ Akbar Sami made the crowd sway to his mesmerizing beats.

Pretty tired, I came out of the pool area to see at least 1,000 people in a neat organised line in front of the Open Air Theatre of the campus. It was then that I remembered that the Mood Indigo’s biggest attraction this year was due to start in thirty minutes.

The show had started inside while I could still count twenty people ahead of me in the line. I saw a couple of rockets zoom into the sky. As their glow filled the theatre below I heard Shankar Mahadevan’s voice pick up a latest popular number that he had sung.

I ran into the theatre to see about more than eight thousand people dancing and clapping to the beats. After that Shankar picked up a fast number which drove the crowd crazy. In about two hours he had sung almost all of his best hits including the ‘Breathless’ song leaving the crowd more than just ‘asking for more.’

Tired, I walked out of the OAT reminiscing the wonderful time I had since morning. As if this weren’t enough, the convocation hall lighted up to various brilliant shows like the ‘Korean hip-hop dance’ and the ‘Tribute to R. D. Burman.’

All this was just a day’s activity at Mood Indigo. And there were still three days to go. A huge budget, 60,000 students, 450 colleges, 130 competitions, 300 events, 100 hours of madness, 200 organizers and one fest. Need I say anymore!

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