Mood I


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.


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Boasting of a huge array of events, Mood Indigo, the annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay kicked off on 23rd December 2016 with a number of scintillating performances and speaker sessions. Based on the theme – ‘One soul, one fest’, the Mood Indigo team likes to recognise themselves as ‘A Bombay Chronicle’. While the line up of events on Day 1 was overwhelming it saw competitions like Conchord, Drum circle, and other light events among others. While the star performances of the ‘Livewire Nite’ featured Crown The Empire, Skrat and others, the first day of the fest had quite an exquisite line up with speakers like the young and dynamic novelist, Durjoy Datta.

Some of the highlights of Day 1 are as following:


Vogue: The fashion show 

Mood Indigo’s Vogue, touted as India’s largest college fashion show, was an extravagant display of glitz, glamour and gloss. The event saw eight teams compete in two rounds. The first round, based on the theme ‘Raga Invasion,’ was an expression of the influence of music on fashion and saw participants drawing inspiration from Michael Jackson and punk rock to Indian classical. The second round, based on the theme ‘Asymmetric,’ was an array of seemingly conflicting shapes and patterns coming together in harmony. The event was judged by Sonnalli Seygall, Karan Berry, Leon Vaz, Vikram Singh Bawa and Instagram fashionistas, Isha Kanani and Meghna Kaur Kaushal. The judges were enthused by the energy and confidence translated into the show on stage. Pearl Academy, Delhi walked away with the first place, while the Faculty of Architecture, Manipal took second. Faculty of Architecture also took the title of ‘Best Design,’ while Tanvi, from Thakur College of Science and Commerce was adjudged the best model.

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The winners, Pearl Academy, Delhi’s fashion team, told DU Beat that they were thrilled to have won first place, having least expected it. “The hard work paid off, what with having sacrificed our vacations to participate and put in our best”, said a team member. Their entry for round one focussed on flowy outfits in earthy colours of deep red, orange and yellow, while they used asymmetric white frills in the second round.

Catch a glimpse of the #MannequineChallenge we gave to the winning team!

Durjoy Datta on love, break-up and success 

Having had an adventurous personal life himself, an accomplished novelist, Durjoy Datta spoke to the students at IIT-B about his idea of love, relationships and break-ups. While talking to the crowd, he discussed how his initial years involved a cynical attitude towards love and how his personal journey helped him pen down his books. On being asked if he believes in the idea of a perfect relationship, he said, “I do believe that there is something such as a perfect relationship. My idea about love has changed a lot in the last few years.”


Image by Hitanksha Jain
Image by Hitanksha Jain

Varun Agarwal: Love, Startup and Anu auntie

Filmographer, entrepreneur and best-selling author, Varun Agarwal was another speaker at the fest who highlighted the importance of finding the right passion and pursuing it. Using his own life events as examples, he stressed on the importance of living life to the fullest, by pursuing one’s passion while taking bold risks in the face of challenges. The right passion in his view is something that is obsessive and which one wouldn’t mind doing for free, pursuing it for the experience rather than the money. Money will eventually follow, if you earnestly follow and take forward that, which you are passionate about.

He said that the current generation is suffering from the “Steve Job’s syndrome” of following the masses in choosing their passion. It is important, however, to choose passions independently of society’s and media’s influence. Confidence, that insulates one from being deterred by the numerous judgmental “Anu aunties,” is the key.

It wasn’t surprising that the audience was in raptures by the end of the talk, eagerly asking questions and partaking in numerous jests against fellow spectators.

 ‘Livewire-Nite’ highlights


The enchanting tunes of Crown The Empire, Skrat and others got everyone’s foot tapping, as the ‘Livewire Nite’ ensued a rather musical tone to the day, making it the perfect way to draw close to Day 1 of the fest!



This four-day extravaganza stretching from 23-26th December is all set to witness some big gigs, including a finale performance by the Bollywood Composer trio- Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.


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Feature Image credits: Prateek Singh

Picture credits: Hitanksha Jain, Gerush Bahal, Harshit Thukral and Prateek Singh for DU Beat.