Day 3 of Mood Indigo, the annual festival of IIT Bombay, kicked it up a notch with finals of major events and many luminaries gracing the campus as a part of the informal events and the Litfest.
After a gruelling round of eliminations, the final round of Aagaaz, the street play competition took place. The winning spot was bagged by the team from KJ Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Sion, Mumbai. They were followed by Punjab Engineering College and Sinhgad College of Engineering, Line rounding up the top three.
Nrityanjali, the classical solo dance competition, saw its finals taking place. The judges for the event were reputed classical dancers Dr. Tushar Guha, Sunaina Hazarilal and Jayshree Nair. After a well competed round between skilled dancers from across the country, Dhanashree Pandit from Ferguson College, Pune was declared the winner, followed by Swapna Jog from ILS, Pune and Apurva Nambiar from Gargi College.
Taal Mel, an event that consisted of a fusion of western and classical instruments, also had its final round which was judged by Pandit Anuradha Pal and SV Ramachandran, both stalwarts of their chosen instruments which are the tabla and the violin respectively. Four teams had qualified for the final round post which the team from Hansraj College stood first, Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University stood second and a cross team from Jai Hind College and Shah and Anchor College stood third.
Conchord, the Acapella singing event’s final round had members of Aflatunes as their judge. Aflatunes, which is considered one of the best beat-box acapella groups in the country, also performed a medley of popular tunes after the event. The final round saw 6 teams competing for the top prize, which was fiercely fought for by all teams who gave performances that made crowds gravitate towards the event. Mithibai College won the first position, followed by Gargi College and Delhi Technical University at the second and third places respectively. When asked about the event, a member from Aflatunes was all praises for the participants. Shruti, from Euphony of Gargi College, said of the event, “This is our first time at Mood Indigo and while we were a little apprehensive about the open venue, we knew our piece was technical and good, so it would fare well, also because the judges know their music.”
The Humorfest with Papa CJ was supposed to be another highlight for Day 3 but the event was unfortunately cancelled and instead, an Italian artist performed comic acts. The other leg of the Humorfest saw Ahsaan Qureshi also putting forth his funniest best for the Mood I audience.
Litfest for Day 3 saw Medha Patkar conversing about environmental issues and making poignant points about the lack of dialogue between the political powers and the environmentalists today. She also talked about how technology may serve to be advantageous or harmful depending on the choices people make.
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The Litfest session with Shashi Tharoor drew the most crowd of all events in the day. Talking about India in the networked world and how globalisation was always inevitable, his talk was full of anecdotes from his life as a Stephanian and his experiences as a part of the UN and a politician. Ever the charming orator, he left an indelible mark on the audiences’ mind with his structured and clear speech.
The third day of this festival also witnessed DJ Aceaxe and Sartek performing the opening act for the EDM night. It was followed by DJ Borgeous playing his popular numbers.
The day wrapped up with the Choreo Night which was a combined spectacle of the finals of Desi Beats, the group Bollywood Dance event and Indigo Saga, the group Contemporary dance event. Teams from Mount Carmel College, Lokmanya Tilak College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce came first, second and third respectively in Desi Beats. The first position in Indigo Saga was bagged by Hansraj College, followed by Gargi College and Lady Sri Ram College for Women.
Photographs by Tejaswa Gupta, Chirag Sharma, Paurush and Shubham Kaushik!