Mood Indigo wrapped up its 2015 edition on 21st December with the finals of Mantra, the fusion band competition, Beat the Streets, the street dance competition, amongst others as well as Humorfest with Vir Das and the Popular Nite concert featuring Pritam taking place.
Day 4 started bright and early with the finals of Mood Indigo Idol. The judges for the event were Mithoon, the popular music director, and Papon. After performances from the finalists, DU again saw itself placed amongst the winners with Shruti Dashmana from Gargi College ranking third.
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Third Bell, the one act play competition, also saw its finals taking place. The first place was won by the team from Manipal Institute of Technology, the second from IIT Bombay and the third by Punjab Engineering College. Sahiba Bali from Hansraj Dramatics Society won the best actor award.
After a grueling battle in the eliminations and the semi-finals, Beat the Streets finals saw The Street Buck crew from the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune taking the top prize. DU’s own street dance favourites, Verve, from Sri Venkateswara College ranked second and the Tuttix crew ranked third.
Singing the Indigos, the western solo singing competition, had its finals on Day 4 as well, post its eliminations on Day 3. Delhi Colleges showed their mettle once again with Shruti Dashmana from Gargi College, who was amongst the top 3 in other music competitions as well, winning the first position. Mayank Mittal from Delhi College of Engineering and Dimple Sankhla from Christ College Bangalore wrapped up the top three.
Nita Mehta, popular cook-book author also spoke as a part of the Litfest, talking about her journey from starting cooking classes at home to writing books that were successful. She advised students to not do anything run of the mill and to always be willing to do something different in order to be successful.
Vir Das performed as a part of the Humorfest for Day 4 to a packed auditorium. His session, full of innuendos and anecdotes, was met with enthusiastic laughter. Taking on everything from politics to love, and mixing doses of wisdom for life in them, he also didn’t shy away from making light-hearted jibes at IIT-ians. His account of getting a break in Bollywood and about a break-up saw the crowds reacting with applause and shouts of appreciation.
Mood Indigo 2015 closed with the winners of Mantra, the fusion band competition, which was The Hansraj Projekt, opening for Pritam. The concert saw him performing some of his biggest hits to an ecstatic crowd and ending with fireworks. Yet another Delhi University band, the band from Kirori Mal College came second in Mantra, with an original composition, Balma. The composition, with an Afro- Cuban Jazz feel, had Hindi and Carnatic vocals.
The four days of the festival were packed with diverse events- both formal and informal- and all of them were handled well by the organizing committee. With the mood for the Hawaiian Escapade carrying on late into the night even after the concert, it was easy to see why Mood Indigo is one of the best cultural festivals of Asia.
Photos by Chirag Sharma, Tejaswa, Paurush and Shubham Kaushik
Feature Image Credits: Ranadeep Singh