Mood Indigo 2017, IIT Bombay’s annual cultural fest, conducted its Multicity Elimination rounds for Delhi over the course of two days: 7th and 8th October, 2017, the venue being Janki Devi Memorial College. Mood Indigo is Asia’s largest cultural festival, which attracts a crowd of more than 1,39,000 from over 1700 colleges nationwide. The 47th edition of this fest will be held from 22nd to 25th of December, 2017.
An extravaganza of several events saw the students of over 40 colleges of the University of Delhi (DU) competing for a place in the final round to be held in Mumbai. The regional rounds kick-started with Aagaaz, the street-play competition. Thirty-three teams from DU and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) battled it out for the final positions. The judges for the same were Swati Pandey, Gaurav Gautam, Narender Bhutani, and Anumita Choudhary, and each team performed 10 minutes of their production.
Simultaneously, MI-nem, the rap competition of Mood Indigo, was going on in full swing. The judges for this competition were Mr. Raga and Yawar, two eminent rappers from Artistaan. Students from PGDAV College and Keshav Mahavidyala college, among others, performed a piece of 2 minutes each. Following this, even the judges performed their famous pieces, Samasya and Mudda, respectively for the audience. As soon as this was over, the regional round for Humor Us, the stand-up comedy competition was held. Over 25 participants from colleges like Delhi Technological University (DTU) and IIT Delhi performed and tickled the funny bone of each person present in the audience. The judge for the same was Mr Ajit, a radio jockey. These three events marked a successful completion of the first day of the regional rounds.
The second day of the auditions saw the students and societies of various colleges across Delhi, lock horns across various competitions for the coveted berth at Choreonite, Mood Indigo’s dance showcase, one of the largest in India. The first event of the day was Indigo Saga – the choreography competition. The event was judged by Heemanshu Sharma and Priyanka Saxena. The engaging performance by various colleges, and particularly the pieces by Kamla Nehru College, Kirori Mal College, and Lady Shri Ram College gathered huge applauds from the audience and the judges alike. The choreography competition was followed by Sanskriti, the group folk dance segment. The classical dance societies of the participating colleges came up with various pieces based on the local dance of different regions of the nation. Mrs. Sanjam Malthotra and Mr. Sashi Ranjan were invited as judges for the event.
The last event at the auditorium was Desi Beats – the Bollywood dance competition. The event, which was judged by Mrs. Priyanka Saxena saw a string of brilliant performances. However, the performances of Venkateswara College, Gargi College and Keshav Mahavidyalaya stood out to be absolute crowd favourites. The other events for the day were MI Idol, the classical singing competition and Singing the Indigos, the western vocal music competition. The two fixtures saw the solo performances by the singing prodigies across the University and other colleges. The event MI Idol was adjudged by Ms. Amie from Artistaan and the later by Ms. Ipshita Roy and Ms. Samya.
As for the results, the Mood I organising committee announced that the results would be declared on their official Facebook page once the auditions at all the seven cities are done with, tentatively, 29th October. The winning teams would get seeded entry to Mood Indigo, the cultural fest of IIT Bombay which is scheduled to be held from 22nd to 25th of December 2017.
Feature Image Credits: PV Purnima for DU Beat