Mood Indigo, the annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay kicked off its 2015 edition on 18th December 2015. A four day festival themed ‘A Hawaiian Escapade’, it is once again out to reiterate its place as one of the best and most happening college festivals of India, if not Asia. It offers a plethora of events- competitive, horizons and informal- which would appeal to people with diverse interests. From Life-sized football and zorbing, to Pronites featuring the biggest stars, there’s something for everyone at Mood Indigo 2015.
The first day of the festival kicked off on the right note with eliminations for a lot of major competitive events including Mantra, a music competition and Beat The Streets, the street dance competition. Vogue- The Fashion Show was also held on Day 1.
Adding a dash of fun and humour to the entire setting were Fringe Fests, one of which included a comic act by Matteo Galbusera which had the audience in peals of laughter at his laugh-worthy performances using everyday objects like tennis racquets and balls.
Day 1 also saw luminaries like Ashwin Sanghvi and Markandey Katju descending on the IIT campus as a part of the Lit Fest. Ashwin Sanghvi’s session, where he talked about the inspiration for his debut novel ‘The Rozabal Line’ amongst many other things had the audience riveted as he brought out startling connections between various myths and historical facts, making up a new form of mystery. Sanghvi stressed on the importance of learning how to unlearn and relearn, calling it crucial to discovering his journey as an author. He also highlighted the struggles of getting his first book published, which led him to decide to self-publish it after 47 rejections. He said, “The easy bit is the writing, more difficult is getting published.”
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If Ashwin Sanghvi’s session ended on an optimistic note, Katju’s session was far from it. The former Chairman of PCI and the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi was in conversation with the Editor-in-Chief of the Mumbai Mirror about everything related to Indian politics and judiciary. Not one to shy away from making sweeping and often controversial remarks, Katju kept the practice alive by declaring that the pillars of the democracy had collapsed and that the State Institutions were hollow and an empty shell. He denounced Democracy as a defunct form of political system, especially in India, which runs on feudalism and communism. He went on to predict a revolution in India in the next 10 years, drawing parallels with the French Revolution. His remarks were mostly greeted by amused rounds of applause as the audience flitted between his booming oratorship and the rationale behind his remarks. The theme was democracy and politics which also ran strong in the Humour Fest.
The day wrapped up with ‘Nostalgia night’ where Shaan performed on the greatest hits of Kishore Kumar. The second day of Mood Indigo will witness more competitions followed by a performance by the Parikrama band and ‘fusion night’ with Lucky Ali.
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