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Day 3 of Tempest 2019 saw the hustle bustle of the fest along with a melodious end to the evening by Jubin Nautiyal.


Orpheus, the Western music society of Miranda House organized their annual event Euphony 2019. The event had two competitions: Accapella, the group singing competition and the solo singing competition.Echo the western music society of Jesus and Mary College won the first position in group singing.

The solo singing competition was won by Jessjit Singh from Delhi Technological University and Riya Khattar from Kamala Nehru College. The second position was also a tie between Shruti Parasarthy and Janice Joe from Jesus and Mary College.The Western Music Singing competition brought in an awesome load of societies who competed to take home the glory of victory. The group as well as the solo competition filled the atmosphere with melodious voices singing the tunes of some of the best classical songs.

The group competition witnessed 10 societies performing in the final round. The participants seemed enthusiastic as they were seen cheering not only their own team members but members from other societies as well.

The solo competition had 9 performers in the final round. The participants had brought an accompanist for a musical instrument. Though there was a little in the technical aspect, the singers handled it very well. The judge, while announcing the result acknowledged it and appreciated the performances by also giving useful advise.

Mridang, the Indian dance society of Miranda House is presenting their annual fest Tarangini’19. The solo classical event witnessed a number of participants portraying classical dance performances followed by a montage of peppy group performances by participants ranging from different colleges.

On the last day of Tempest 2019, renowned singer, Jubin Nautiyal, created an enchanting musical aura at Miranda House. He began the night by interacting with the audience, and telling the enthusiastic crowd that he had been excited to meet them and perform for them since the past few weeks. Soft romance was the vibe in the air as he sang popular numbers like Meherbaani, Kaabil, Gazab ka hai din, and Baawra Mann among many others. In a medley that had the audience captivated, Nautiyal sang covers of old favourites such as Gulaabi aankhein, Dheere dheere se, and Roop tera mastana. The singer then moved to songs like Aaj ki raat, Tamma tamma, Ilahi et al, as the audience grooved in delight. On the same climatic note, Nautiyal bid adieu to Miranda House with the joy and rhythm of The Humma Song.


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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.

IMG-20151220-WA0027Taal 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.

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.

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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.”

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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