The second day of Mood Indigo, 2015 kicked off with the elimination round of Aagaaz, the street play competition with heart wrenching and rib-tickling plays plays on social issues by teams from colleges across the country.
Anita Nair was amongst the luminaries gracing the IIT Bombay campus as a part of the Litfest. She talked to a small gathering about her new book ‘Alphabet Soup for Lovers’ and combining her theory about the God Particle, food, and travelling into a quaint and unusual love story. The Bollywood panel of Litfest consisted of Bharathi Pradhan, an eminent journalist and author in talks with Ramesh Sippy, Rajkumar Hirani and Anurag Kashyap about the ‘Evolution of Hindi Cinema’. When asked about changes in the cinema, then and now, Rajkumar Hirani explained that the way of telling and absorbing stories is rapidly changing. Ramesh Sippy emphasized on the importance of content, which according to him, should never outshine technology. Calling failure his greatest motivator, Anurag Kashyap said that language is the greatest setback, when it comes to out reaching audience globally.
Tushar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani and Gauhar Khan from the upcoming ‘Kya Kool Hain Hum 3′ were also present to promote the movie and release the song ‘Jawaani Le Doobi’ off it.
Another highlight of Day 2 of Mood Indigo 2015 was the Humor fest that featured, for the first time in Mood Indigo history, a roast. With the popular Gujarati Bollywood actor Vrajesh Hirjee in the host seat and the brains behind The Comedy Factory, Manan Desai, as the roast master, Ojas Rawal, Zakir Khan, Priti Das, Arvind Vegda and Samvedna took turns to ‘clean roast’ not just the actor but also each other. Priti Das and Zakir Khan’s turns amused the audience the most.
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Competitive events carried on throughout the day. Teams fought it out in the semifinals of the Beat the Street, the Street dance event, and Mantra, the band competition. There were also elimination rounds of Conchord, the Acapella competition and Taal Mel, amongst others. The KV zone offered a range of attractions lasting all four days with events like land zorbing, paint ball, archery, various dance workshops and an art zone with artists showcasing works like book sculptures, leather bound diaries and wallets and custom painted shoes. The day also saw the band Indian Jam Project, who are known to give a classical twist to popular theme songs, performing. The Dance Showcase drew huge crowds as well, with performances from groups like MJ5 and dancers from Terence Lewis’ academy. Day 2 of Mood Indigo wrapped up with Fusion Nite where the band Parikrama enthralled the crowds with their best songs, followed by a performance by Lucky Ali. High Time from Kirori Mal College won Livewire, the semi- professional band competition with their Progressive Disco Funk tunes. Not only did they get to share the stage with the Fusion Nite star performers, the band has also secured a show in Prague as a prize.
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Day 3 promises to bring with it even more fun and the finals of a lot of major competitive events including Western Dance, Street Play, Street Dance and others.
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